Commercial interest at the sales of 2-year-olds in training is first determined by speed, then by physical appeal and conformation. With those criteria, it is no surprise that the Darley stallion Street Boss has long been a favorite with sellers and buyers because the sire’s stock tend to be quick and early, and they frequently are big and beautiful too.

One such fine-looking beast lit up the board at the OBS March sale with a hammer price of $600,000.

At the OBS April sale, six hips are cataloged by the stallion, and he is virtually certain to ring some bells, even if not such a big one as at Ocala’s premier sale.

Of a half-dozen youngsters cataloged, Street Boss is represented by such interesting lots as Hip 530, a first foal out of the Touch Gold mare Reggae Rose who earned $147,861 without earning black type, and Hip 996, also a first foal, out of the Victory Gallop mare Blue Sky Holiday, winner of the G3 British Columbia Oaks.

The results from the April sale are below:

40 21.2 C Street Boss For Passion Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent XIV Bloom Racing Stable LLC 60,000
530 10.0 C Street Boss Reggae Rose Classic Bloodstock (Danzel Brendemuehl), Agent II Mark Casse, Agent 250,000
595 9.4 C Street Boss Se Bella Bobby Dodd, Agent V Francisco J Perez – Diaz 150,000
629 out F Street Boss Silencieuse Derby Dreams, Agent Withdrawn Out
996 out F Street Boss Blue Sky Holiday de Meric Sales, Agent XV Withdrawn Out
1038 10.3 C Street Boss Causin a Storm Scanlon Training Center, Agent V Gayle Van Leer, Agent 70,000

One of the keys to the appeal of Street Boss is size. He is a big and very good-looking son of a big and ruggedly made but not especially striking stallion, Street Cry, but Street Boss is dominant for his own looks and physical type.

As a yearling, Street Boss was a very good sales horse but did not become a prominent racehorse until he was 4. At that age, the brawny chestnut won the Grade 1 Triple Bend and Bing Crosby, as well as finishing second in the G1 Ancient Title and third in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

As one of the stars of his sire’s first crop, along with Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense and Horse of the Year Zenyatta, Street Boss went to stud with looks, speed, and sire power behind him.

He covered very large books of highly pedigreed mares and got some great-looking foals, yearlings, and juveniles. They sold well. But they ran rather indifferently.

His stats from all foals show that Street Boss has 54 percent starters (135), 37 percent winners (91), and 3 percent stakes winners (7) to date.

That has been a disappointment relative to the expectations of breeders and buyers, but overall, the demand for his sons and daughters has remained solid. And for the special individuals, there are buyers a-plenty.

Nor will the appeal of his stock be lessened by the results of this year’s Triple Crown preps.

In last month’s G1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park, the lightly raced Street Boss colt Danza proved a convincing winner against competition that appeared strong enough to stand up well against the best colts on either coast.

Through the lines of form through fourth-place Tapiture, Danza comes out the superior of Hoppertunity (Any Given Saturday), winner of the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn and second to California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby.

Through Conquest Titan (Birdstone), beaten more than 10 lengths into fifth in the Arkansas Derby but beaten less than half that in the Holy Bull at Gulfsteam, Danza comes out better than Cairo Prince.

** The preceding was written before the Kentucky Derby last Saturday, and the both Hopppertunity and Cairo Prince were absent from the classic. The lines of form through them and their big-race competition held up admirably, as Danza ran a solid third in the Run for the Roses. He is his sire’s best two-turn performer to date, but the big chestnut would offer hope to breeders that by sending the stallion the right sort of mare, he could get performers with more distance aptitude than his own racing indicated.