Street Cry to Make 2001 Debut on Thursday

From Godolphin Racing
Street Cry has his first outing of the year on Thursday, March 1st but another leading Godolphin contender for the American Triple Crown races, Express Tour, needs more time and will have his seasonal debut delayed until the UAE Derby at Nad al Sheba on March 24th.

Street Cry, who finished a close third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs on his final start last year, runs in the $ 250,000 UAE Two Thousand Guineas over a mile on dirt on Thursday at Nad Al Sheba.

Frankie Dettori rides him for the first time in a race. The top-class 3-year-old Machiavellian colt was a most consistent performer as a 2-year-old and he has continued to go forward.

Street Cry is one of Godolphin's main hopes for America's Triple Crown races, the first of which is the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 5.

He started his racing career in California, finishing second at Hollywood Park and then winning at Del Mar by seven lengths. Street Cry stepped up in class on his next outing, being narrowly beaten by Flame Thrower in the seven-furlong Del Mar Futurity in September.

He ran another fine race when again second to Flame Thrower, beaten a neck, in the Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita over a mile in October. Street Cry put up a tremendous performance in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile over a mile and half a furlong in November, staying on well in the straight after being held up. He reversed previous form with Flame Thrower.

There are three other Godolphin runners in the UAE Two Thousand Guineas -- Noverre (John Carroll), Dubai World (Richard Hills) and Lajeef (Daragh O'Donohoe). Noverre did well in his first season racing last year, winning four events including the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster, England, in September.

Dubai World has finished in the frame in all three of his races which were in California last year, improving as he stepped up in distance. Lajeef, the half-brother to 1992 Breeders' Cup Juvenile victor Gilded Time, was most consistent last year, finishing second in all four starts in maidens and he made a winning start to this year when successful in a six-furlong maiden on dirt at Nad Al Sheba on February 15.