Great Craic is a half-sister to the G1 Kentucky Oaks winner Cathryn Sophia, who is a daughter of the Darley stallion Street Boss. With Street Boss coming off another solid year on the racetrack in 2021, and with Great Craic’s first foal being a just-turned 3YO filly also by Street Boss who’s shown promise, he makes all the sense for Great Craic to visit again in 2022.
Street Boss has become one of those eminently useful sires who are maybe not the most commercial — though perfectly capable of getting a solid sales horse in the right circumstances — but get plenty of runners, winners, and stakes winners. In fact, his twelve stakes winners in 2021 (three of which were juvenile stakes winners) was topped only by stallions standing for $45,000 or more (Street Boss stands for $15,000), and his five North American G1 winners are supplemented by three more Australian G1 winners (including current 3YO Australian superstar Anamoe). His 44 career stakes winners are good for greater than 5% of his foals.
In addition to Street Boss’s G1-winning daughter Cathryn Sophia, Great Craic’s dam is a half-sister to stakes winner Taketheodds, by Street Sense (like Street Boss, a son of Street Cry), and to a 2YO of 2022 by Street Sense who was a $200,000 yearling purchase by Cash Is King. Great Craic’s page also includes the stakes winner Cruise and Danze, by Street Boss’s son Danza — so this female family has had repeated success with the sire-line.
For us, those successes are far more important than the “No Rating” assigned to this match by TrueNicks — especially in light of the fact that of the 11 winners bred on the Machiavellian/Cee’s Tizzy cross, three have earned black-type including one stakes winner. Plus, another of those 11 is the promising Murray, a first-out winner for Bob Baffert and “the Avengers” at Del Mar last summer as a 2YO (after bringing $300,000 as a yearling). So we do believe it’s just a matter of time before this nick achieves a (solid) rating. And Street Boss himself does have 4 winners to his credit out of mares by Tiznow or one of his sons already.
Physically, Street Boss should add a bit of size and substance to Great Craic’s foal again this time around, and that physical will compliment a pedigree cross that’s already worked repeatedly.
Cathryn Sophia wins the Kentucky Oaks