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Zenyatta one of three progeny by Darley sire Street Cry to win or finish placed at the Breeders' Cup meeting

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Darley sire Street Cry
to stand at $150,000

DARLEY will stand its headline Kentucky sire Street Cry next year for $150,000.

The fee rise of 50 per cent comes on the back of a stellar Breeders' Cup weekend for the ten-year-old son of Machiavellian, in which his daughter Zenyatta won the Ladies' Classic, while son Street Hero was third in the Juvenile and another son, Street Boss, who will retire to Darley's Jonabell Farm in Lexington with a fee of $25,000 next year, was third in the Sprint.

Elusive Quality, who sired Breeders' Cup Classic winner Raven's Pass, and E Dubai, whose son Desert Code won the Turf Sprint, will keep their 2008 fees of $75,000 and $15,000 respectively. However, the remaining 13 stallions who stand at Jonabell have had their fees cut by margins ranging from 17 per cent to 37.5 per cent.

"We are hopeful that by the time the decisions of 2009 are judged at the yearling sales of 2011, there will have been an upturn in the economy, but believe that breeders looking for value in 2009 have the greatest chance of success," said a statement issued by Darley yesterday.

Street Cry was one of two Jonabell stallions with a fee of $100,000 last season. Now he will be the only six-figure sire at the farm, after Bernardini, the three-year-old North American champion colt of 2006 whose first yearlings will sell next year, was reduced to $75,000. Most of the farm's young stallions, including last year's star three-year-olds Street Sense, Hard Spun and Any Given Saturday, have received similar fee reductions.

However, the largest cut is for senior sire Cherokee Run. The 18-year-old sire of last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner War Pass will stand for $25,000, down from $40,000.

Stallion 2009 2008
Street Cry 150,000 100,000
Bernardini 75,000 100,000
Elusive Quality 75,000 75,000
Street Sense 60,000 75,000
Hard Spun 40,000 50,000
Any Given Saturday 30,000 40,000
Henny Hughes 30,000 40,000
Street Boss 25,000 n/a
Discreet Cat 25,000 30,000
Cherokee Run 25,000 40,000
Consolidator 15,000 20,000
E Dubai 15,000 15,000
Rockport Harbor 15,000 20,000
Quiet American 15,000 20,000
Holy Bull 10,000 15,000
Offlee Wild 7,500 10,000



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