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Desert Party (2006 b by Street Cry x Sage Cat, by Tabasco Cat)

Darley at Jonabell $10,000

This son of Street Cry is one of the more interesting prospects of 2011 for a couple of reasons. First, he is a roguishly good-looking horse whose physique and precocity made him the chief target of a Darley acquisition party when he went through the sales.

A very powerfully built horse who showed useful form on the racetrack, Desert Party did not reach the heights hoped for him. Otherwise he would not be standing for this stud fee.

But the second point of interest is that he is a good son of one of the most successful younger stallions in Kentucky: Street Cry. A son of Machiavellian who won the Dubai World Cup and was a championship contender at 2 and 4 in the US, Street Cry was able to reproduce his best qualities from his first crop.

The stallion’s first champion was Street Sense, who who took the BC Juvenile at 2, then won the Kentucky Derby at 3, and now has some promising 2yos from his first crop coming to the races this year.

Street Cry’s second champion was Zenyatta, and the sire has young sons at stud like Street Hero, a horse with a very good physical profile, and Street Boss, who had the most speed of any Street Cry.

Of these, Desert Party is most like Street Boss, possessing the tank-like body and heavy muscling usually associated with high speed, although Desert Party carried his speed a longer distance than the other horse.

With both standing at Jonabell, it will be interesting to see which one breeders prefer and which fulfills expectations more effectively.