Street Cry Takes First Step Toward Kentucky Derby

Street Cry Takes First Step Toward Kentucky Derby
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Godolphin Racing's Street Cry, victorious at Nad al Sheba Racecourse on Thursday.
Godolphin Racing's Street Cry, one of the leading 2-year-olds in America last year, took his first step toward his return to Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May by winning the $250,000 United Arab Emirates (UAE) Two Thousand Guineas at Nad al Sheba Race Course in Dubai on Thursday.

Jockey Frankie Dettori kept the son of Machiavellian wide throughout the about one-mile event, four lengths off stablemate Noverre (by Rahy), who made all the running. Street Cry closed in on Noverre, a U.S.-bred half-brother to Arazi, nearing the eighth pole, then drew clear to win by two lengths, covering the 1,600 meters in 1:35.14. European-trained Count Dubois finished third.

"He did it easy enough, and he galloped out strong," assistant trainer Tom Albertrani said. "He matched strides with Noverre passing the eighth pole, then pulled away. This was a good race for him."

Street Cry was making his first start since finishing third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs, while trained by Eoin Harty. Prior to that, he was narrowly beaten by Flame Thrower in the Del Mar Futurity and Norfolk Stakes.

Street Cry will make his next start in the UAE Derby on the Dubai World Cup card on March 24, and will face Noverre again, along with Express Tour, whom Godolphin purchased over the winter following the colt's sweep of Calder's Florida Stallion Stakes Series.

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