As sad as I am abouth the loss of Jeremy, I am sad about the loss of Street Cry.
Only 16 years young, the sire of American champions Street Sense and Zenyatta as well as Australian Champion Stayer Shocking and Caulfield Guineas winners Long John and Whobegotyou, Street Cry was put to sleep after succumbing to complications relating to a neurological condition while on shuttle duties in Australia.
The ailment had left him severely lame on his right foreleg and unable to stand for a long period of time and had been ruled out of covering this southern hemisphere season as result.
The Irish-bred son of Machiavellian and Irish Oaks heroine Helen Street started his career in America where he was among the leading two-year-olds of his generation.
He was a homebred by Sheikh Mohammed (Godolphin) and won the Sheikh’s showpiece in 2002, the Dubai World Cup.
Shipped to Nad Al Sheba in Dubai to be trained by Saeed bin Surror as a three-year-old, he won the UAE 2,000 Guineas from Noverre and finished a close second in the UAE Derby.
Back on American soil, his best effort at age three was a second place finish in the Grade 3 Discovery Handicap. At age four, he won a Group 2 at Nad Al Sheba by nearly nine lengths and followed up that effort with a clear-cut victory in the Dubai World Cup.
Back in America again, he won the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap by six and a half lengths at Churchill Downs.
Saeed told the Racing Post: “He was a beautiful horse who was easy to train. He was one of the best horses I have trained, winning the Dubai World Cup and the best races in America. My fondest memory of him is winning the World Cup - he was brilliant that day. He always performed to his best all over the world … It’s sad but his legacy lives on through his sons and daughters. Horses by him are doing well all over the world and some of them are champions. We’ve lost one of the best stallions in Darley.”
Apart from his champion sons and daughters in America and Australia, many of his progeny have also excelled in Europe, including Carlton House who came a length too short in the Epsom Derby, and Group 1 winning fillies Lyric Of Light and Majestic Roi.
Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock adviser John Ferguson said: "Street Cry epitomised everything Darley and Godolphin aim to achieve - he was bred by Sheikh Mohammed in Ireland, excelled at the very highest level on the racecourse in Dubai and the US, and then became the linchpin of our stallion operations in both America and Australia … His contribution to the breed has been significant and we have been so fortunate to have him. He will be sorely missed by everyone."
Read more here.
11 March 1998 - 17 September 2014
I was in Malta on classtrip from the 13 through the 18 September - without internet, - and on the way home from a visit Valetta, Malta’s capital, to the hotel in St Julians where we lived, I sat in the bus, looking out of the window, and was thinking of Street Cry. Asking myself how he was doing.
The very same day he had been put to sleep.
Rest In Peace, Street Cry.
Photo source: X
Tips from Carl Hester
Elite dressage rider Carl Hester’s 35 top tips on everything dressage – from finding the right horse, to training and stable management techniques!
1 Dressage is not just for competition. It is gymnastics for horses and all horses can benefit from it, as they are more likely to stay sound with a long, stretchy neck, soft body and easy movement.
2 You don’t have to spend a fortune on a horse for dressage - as long as the basic paces are there, the rest can be acheived through training. The main paces to look at are walk and canter, as with a bit of work a horse with a very normal trot can trot beautifully.
In walk, the horse should use the whole of his body and have a good overtrack, where the hind foot lands in front of the print left by the front foot. A good canter has a bounding stride, with the hindleg jumping right underneath the horse and the front end lifted. Above all, though a good, natural rhythm is essential and is always more important than big movement.
3 When a horse is tired, he’ll try to stretch down. Let him do it for a while as it’s something you want to encourage. To stretch your horse, lengthen the rein, lower your hand and massage his mouth with the bit by gently squeezing and releasing each rein. Stretch him regularly throughout your training sessions to relax him and reduce the risk of tension.
4 In canter always ride forward – imagine there’s a big jump at the end of the long side that you’re going to take on!
5 Dressage is about repetition, repeating exercises over and over again until it becomes part of the horse’s way of going. It takes dedication, but is simply about producing a well-schooled horse – something we’d all like to have!
6 Even if your thing is dressage, mix your horse’s schooling up with hacking and jumping as it will keep him relaxed and interested.
7 Always compete at the level below the one you are working on at home, so that you are able to cope at the competition where there are many more distractions.
8 Mirrors are a huge help in training as they enable you to see what your horse is doing – for example, how do you know whether he is straight without being able to see him?
9 Working-in is one of the most important aspects of dressage. You want your horse to be long, round and stretching before you start more taxing work, to get the muscles in front of and behind the saddle soft and working – gymnasts don’t hop straight onto the top bar! Ideally, walk for 10 minutes to start with, but if your horse is fresh, it is best to trot on to settle him down.
10 Your horse must work in front of the leg. This means that he should move forward of his own accord and not expect you to keep motivating him – for example, if you ask for canter, he must learn to stay in canter without any leg pressure, until you tell him otherwise.
11 If your horse is not responsive to your leg, ask for halt and with a loose rein, give him sharp quick taps with your leg until he moves forward – it doesn’t matter what pace he goes into, just let him move forward.
12 Create a work station on your yard, where everything to do with work happens – for example, tacking up and washing off – and keep his stable for relaxation only. Then your horse knows he can totally relax when he’s in his stable and won’t be expected to work.
13 If your horse is too sensitive to the leg, work on lots of downward transitions.
14 Lots of transitions between canter and trot will help to improve the trot by getting him to carry more weight on his back end.
15 To maintain balance while you’re working your horse, use lots of
half-halts. Think about using one before you ask your horse to
16 Give your horse sugar during training sessions as a reward and to help him mouth the bit, which will encourage him to salivate and make him lighter in the hand.
17 Riding your horse ‘on and back’ involves asking him for a few lengthened strides before asking him to come back to his working pace, then repeating it several times. This will help you to get him to carry his head and neck, and achieve self-carriage.
18 When doing tempi changes – a series of flying changes – with more advanced horses, we ride along the wall of the arena to help keep the horse straight.
19 With a horse who is trained to do collected canter, you want to
aim for a speed where someone can walk alongside you.
20 Use leg-yield in canter to make your horse more aware of your legs.
21 To help you maintain the rhythm while riding, keep a song in your head and sing it
to yourself while
22 Get someone to video you riding so you can see what’s working and where things are going wrong. Sometimes it’s more beneficial than having someone on the floor telling you what you’re doing wrong.
23 A good trot is all about suspension. When our horses are strong enough, we teach passage and use it to get suspension in the trot. We rise while doing this exercise, as it makes it easier for the horse and encourages lift. From passage, we take the trot forward until he realises that he needs to keep the suspension that he had in passage. If he loses the suspension, we halt, ask for passage and then try it again until he maintains the suspension in trot.
24 As a test of
your training technique, go into rising trot and drop your reins. Your horse should stretch down, but if he sticks his head up, something needs adjusting in
25 Never tell your horse off when teaching him flying changes, just keep repeating them until he gets it right, or he’ll start to get nervous and tense about doing them.
26 If you can’t halt square on the centre line, it’s your fault! It requires training, so to make sure you can do this, teach your horse that he must always stand square, even for mounting and dismounting. To teach your horse to stand square, ask for it along the side of the school. Trot, ask for a few steps of walk, then step forward into halt. He must step forward to halt, not back to halt.
27 Hacking up hills will help with fitness and muscle development.
28 In walk, try not to interfere too much and remember that during a test, a long walk on a free rein is not a time for a break! It requires as much attention and concentration
as the other movements.
29 Don’t rush your schooling and ask for too much, too soon. It’s important that your horse is strong enough to be able to do what you’re asking him to do, or he could suffer injury. It normally takes four to five years to get to Grand Prix level, without any problems along the way, as it takes that long for the horse to become strong enough to perform the movements required at that level. If you have any setbacks, it can take longer and often does.
30 When you stop and salute the judge at a competition, remember
31 Get to a show in plenty of time and hack your horse around the showground on a loose rein, so he has time to get used to his surroundings before he is expected to concentrate.
32 Plenty of turnout allows your horse time to relax and he’ll be more relaxed during his training.
33 At competitions, wear clothes and tack that you and your horse are used to and comfortable in. Suddenly using different equipment on competition day can affect your performance. If you have special show boots and tack, have a few dress rehearsals at home just before the show date.
34 The key to training horses is patience and consistency – you will get there!
35 If possible, recreate the type of arena you’ll be riding your test in at the competition and have a practice in it. For example, check what size the arena will be and measure one out the same size at home to practise the test in, or if you usually work in a school, but the competition is on grass, practise riding the test on grass.
WHY DOES THIS NOT HAVE MORE NOTES OKAY CARL YOU ARE THE BEST EVER>
Carl is god.
Calumet Farm just purchased colored TB stallion Risque Remarque to stand at the farm. Though he is a gorgeous horse, I don’t know why they chose him as a stud.
Jockey Eddie Arcaro and starter George Cassidy on the final day of racing at Jamaica Racecourse, August 1st, 1959.
Jockey Jorge Velasquez looks dejected aboard his mount “Alydar,” after the Travers at Saratoga Race Track 8/19. Shortly afterward, officials ruled that first place finisher “Affirmed” had bumped “Alydar” in the backstretch and they gave the race to him instead. “Alydar” had crossed the line second.