Playful Act, whose $10.5-million price is the record for a broodmare or broodmare prospect sold at public auction, will be bred this year to Street Cry. The 6-year-old daughter of Sadler's Wells is owned by Sheikh Mohammed, who stands Street Cry at his Darley operation near Lexington.
A champion in England, Playful Act captured the 2004 Meon Valley Stud Mile (Eng-I) and also won two group II events. She finished second in the 2005 Darley Irish Oaks (Ire-I). Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent for the late Robert Sangster’s Swettenham Stud, consigned Playful Act to the 2007 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, where Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock manager, John Ferguson, purchased her for the world record amount. Playful Act produced a Giant's Causeway filly in 2007, but lost the Kingmambo foal she was carrying prior to the Keeneland November auction.
Street Cry, winner of the 2002 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), was bred and raced by Sheikh Mohammed. The 10-year-old son of Machiavellian also scored in the 2002 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I), and he was Dubai’s 2002 Horse of the Year. Street Cry’s offspring include champion and 2007 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Street Sense, who stands at Darley.
In other Darley breeding news, 2006 Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Round Pond will visit A.P. Indyat Will Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky., and 2007 Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) and Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) winner Octave will be covered by Darley first-year stallion Discreet Cat.
Ferguson, acting on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed, purchased Round Pond and Octave for $5.75 million and $4 million, respectively, at the 2007 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November mixed sale.