Though the signals are mixed, on the face of pedigree alone it is hard to see many reasons why Street Cry should be able to handle 1 1/4 miles on the first Saturday in May. His sire was a sprinter on grass, albeit a good one; his dam, though a group I winner in Ireland going 12 furlongs, has yet to pass that distance ability on to her offspring; he has a Dosage Index and profile slanted toward speed; and he has yet to win around two turns.
Street Cry is by Machiavellian, a son of Mr. Prospector who was champion juvenile colt in France in 1989. He won all three of his starts that year, two at six furlongs and one a seven furlongs. He won one of four starts at three, his lone win at seven furlongs. He ran second in the mile English Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I).
Machiavellian has sired over 30 stakes winners, the name most known to North American handicappers being Almutawakel, who in 1999 won the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), finished second to River Keen in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I), and ran third to River Keen and Behrens in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I). Last year, he finished second to K One King in the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. I).
One thing Street Cry has going for him is that the line of Machiavellian's sire, Mr. Prospector, dominated the Derby in the 1990s. Mr. Prospector, the all-time leading sire of stakes winners (173), sired his first Kentucky Derby winner last year when Fusaichi Pegasus won. He had previously been represented by two sons and two grandsons who each sired Derby winners. His son Fappiano sired 1990 Derby winner Unbridled, who in turn sired the 1996 winner Grindstone. Mr. Prospector's son Gulch sired 1995 winner Thunder Gulch, and his grandson Quiet American sired 1998 winner Real Quiet.
Street Cry's dam, the Troy mare Helen Street, won the 1 1/2-mile Irish Oaks (Ire-I). Being graded stakes-placed, Street Cry is the best runner of her eight foals to race.
The handicappers who produce the Experimental Free Handicap were obviously impressed with Street Cry's juvenile campaign, weighing him highest of any colt not to win a stakes race. He came as close as you can come, however, beaten a head in the Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) and a neck in the Norfolk Stakes (gr. II) before running a good third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I). The group of three handicappers assigned Street Cry 122 pounds, four less than champion and Breeders' Cup winner Macho Uno and three below Breeders' Cup second Point Given. Street Cry was weighted two pounds less than Champagne Stakes (gr. I) winner A P Valentine and one below Flame Thrower, who beat him in the Del Mar Futurity and Norfolk.
Street Cry has a dosage profile of 12-8-12-0-0, thus void of any points on his stamina side, and a Dosage Index of 4.33. Under the dosage system, horses with a Dosage Index of 4.00 or over do not have the balance in their pedigrees believed necessary to win the Kentucky Derby.