While the scratching of Rabada, South Africa's highest-rated 2 year old of the past season was a setback for his sire, Brave Tin Soldier, there was some consolation for the latter's family at Los Alamitos racecourse in the United States on Sunday. This came courtesy of the Group One Starlet Stakes in the form of the outstanding juvenile, Street Fancy, who pounced late to grab victory from the jaws of what looked like defeat.
There is every reason for thinking that Street Fancy will be even more effective as a 3-year-old. Her trainer Phil D'Amato commented at Los Alamitos that: "She's a big, giant scopey filly. She looks twice the size of anybody else in this field. I knew she wanted to go two turns. I was just hoping today was the day she showed she wanted it, and she did." She therefore has the physical scope to continue progressing and her bloodlines also suggest she will have what it takes to shine after the age of two.
Street Fancy's second dam Fortyniner Fever never raced, but with a son of Mr Prospector as her sire and the Danzig mare Angel Fever as her dam, she was closely related to Kentucky Derby hero Fusaichi Pegasus. Angel Fever, in turn, was a sister to Preakness Stakes (Gr.1) winner Pine Bluff, so there is very little fault to be found with Street Fancy's pedigree. In these circumstances it is surprising to read the filly's sales history. Offered for sale as a weanling, then twice as a yearling, she was RNA'd each time, with the bidding rising no higher than $34,000 at Fasig-Tipton's Fall Sale. It was the same outcome when she made her last appearance in the sales ring, at Barretts in March, but the story was somewhat different.
At a sale where the top price was $400,000, she was led out unsold at that figure. The TDN's Jessica Martini explained why there was such a difference in expectations on this occasion: When hip 116 became the third horse to turn in the one-furlong bullet time of :9 4/5 during Friday's under-tack preview of the Barretts Selected 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale, the speedy move wasn't a surprise to consignor Kim McCarthy. "She had previously breezed really well," McCarthy revealed Saturday morning. "So I was, I don't want to say cautiously optimistic, but when I saw that breeze I was thinking, 'I kind of like this.' And she was really happy here. So I expected a good work. I was thinking she might be able to go that fast, but I would have been happy with a :10."
"She is a large, lanky beautiful filly," McCarthy said of the January foal. "She's the kind that you say, 'Wow. Look at her.' Monday's Barretts sale will be the bay's fourth trip through the sales ring. She was bred by Hunter Valley Farm, which purchased Bold Angel with her in utero for $65,000 at the 2012 Keeneland November sale. The filly herself RNA'd for $100,000 at the 2013 Keeneland November sale and again for $115,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Sale. She most recently RNA'd for $34,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October sale. "I've had her since the beginning of February," McCarthy said. "She was in Louisiana getting ready."
Maybe it was Street Fancy's size which compromised her prospects at the sales, or perhaps she wasn't helped by having Cat Thief as her broodmare sire. Equineline credits the former Overbrook stallion with 513 foals, the majority of which were sired at fees of $35,000. Unfortunately, Cat Thief managed to sire only two graded stakes winners. One of them, though, was the GII Black-Eyed Susan Stakes winner Regal Engagement, who, like Street Fancy's dam Bold Angel, had a dam by Forty Niner. Bold Angel also became a stakes winner, but at a much lower level, in the Sam Houston Oaks in Texas. She is now the first daughter of Cat Thief to produce a Grade I winner.
Street Fancy's connection with Brave Tin Soldier, himself so prized as a foal that he set a world record for a horse of that age when he made $3million on the advice of one of the world's great judges, Demi O'Byrne for the boys at Coolmore in Ireland. He and Street Fancy share a common grandmother, Angel Fever, while the imposition of a son of Storm Cat into the filly's genetic make-up represents a very tight replication of the elements that made Brave Tin Soldier the appealing individual and the grand racehorse he turned out to be. Street Fancy's eye-catching victory will have her in close contention for the Juvenile Fillies' title come voting time and obviously pricked up the ears of no less a pedigree buff than Andrew Caulfield, who wrote thus about her in yesterday's Thoroughbred Daily News.
Extract From The Thoroughbred Daily News