Alan Porter Breeding Analysis for Danza
In just five starts, Danza proved himself an exciting performer who was among the most talent of his crop. A debut winner and graded stakes placed sprinting at two, at three Danza scored a spectacular victory over Bayern, Strong Mandate, Tapiture and Commissioner in the Arkansas Derby (gr. I), and was then a fast closing third in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Danza is by two-time grade one winning sprinter Street Boss, the fastest son of the great sire, Street Cry. Out of the stakes performing and multiple grade one winner producing Champagne Royale, Danza is a product of the same Mr. Prospector/Deputy Minister cross as hot young sires Curlin and Midnight Lute.
Danza has a double of Mr. Prospector, but this will be in the fifth generation of his offspring, and we can note that Street Boss has done well when crossed back over Mr. Prospector line mares. He has a graded stakes winner out of a mare by a son of Woodman (sire of Hansel) and stakes winner out of a mare by Not For Love, a three-quarters brother to Woodman. Street Boss multiple stakes winner Street Jem is out of a mare by Lemon Drop Kid, a son of Mr. Prospector stallion, Kingmambo. Street Boss has a multiple stakes winner from a daughter of Mutakddim, by the Mr. Prospector line stallion Seeking the Gold (also sire of Petionville, Cape Town, Bob and John and Jazil). Woodman and Seeking the Gold are both Mr. Prospector/Buckpasser crosses, which also suggests trying mares by Miswaki (sire of Black Tie Affair; grandsire of Formal Gold). There is also a Street Cry grade one winner out of a mare by Coronado’s Quest (by Forty Niner, also available through Distorted Humor, Trippi, Editor’s Note, Jules, Gold Fever, Luhuk, Roar and Twining), and a stakes winner out of a mare by Cryptoclearance (sire of Victory Gallop, who might be particularly interesting here, and grandsire of Candy Ride). Cryptoclearance is by Fappiano, and out of mares from that line there is a Street Cry line stakes winner out of a mare by Quiet American, two stakes winners out of mares by Grindstone (sire of Birdstone), and another out of a mare by his sire, Unbridled. This also suggests mares by Unbridled sons Empire Maker, Broken Vow and Unbridled’s Song (sire of such as Songandaprayer, Old Fashioned, Rockport Harbor, First Defence, Even the Score and Dunkirk).
Street Boss already has two stakes winners out mares from the Storm Cat branch of Northern Dancer, from daughters of Stormy Atlantic and Henny Hughes (by Hennessy, also sire of Johannesburg and grandsire of Scat Daddy). There are also Street Cry line stakes winners out of Storm Cat line broodmare sires Forest Wildcat (sire of Wildcat Heir and D’Wildcat), Tale of the Cat (sire of Lion Heart), Tabasco Cat, Forestry, Stormin Fever, Harlan (sire of Menifee and Harlan’s Holiday), Catienus and Sir Cat. There are also three stakes winners, two graded, by Street Cry and his sons out of mares by Storm Cat’s close relative, Royal Academy. There is also a Street Boss stakes winner out of a mare by Northern Dancer line stallion, Encosta de Lago, who is by Fairy King, a brother to Sadler’s Wells (sire of El Prado and Horse Chestnut - both broodmare sires of Street Cry line stakes winners – and grandsire of Medaglia d’Oro, Kitten’s Joy and Artie Schiller).
The Danzig branch of Northern Dancer has done well under Street Cry, including grade one winners out of mares by Danehill, Dayjur, and a stakes winner out of mare by Danzig Connection, with other potential sources including Exchange Rate, Hard Spun, Belong to Me, War Front, War Chant, Langfuhr, Honor Grades and Polish Numbers. The cross of Street Cry with mares from the Dixieland Band line has provided Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Street Sense, and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) victor New Year’s Day (out of a mare by Dixie Union), which would also invite mares by Dixie Brass, Dixieland Heat, Chimes Band, Citidancer and Hook and Ladder.
There are six stakes winners by Street Cry and sons out of Nureyev line mares, including from daughters of Atticus, Zilzal and Stravinsky, which also suggests considering mares by Theatrical, Spinning World and Unusual Heat.
Curlin, Midnight Lute and two other stallions bred on a similar Mr. Prospector/Deputy Minister cross to Danza, have sired stakes winners when bred back over mares from the Deputy Minister branch of Northern Dancer. In addition to stakes winners out of mares by Deputy Minister himself, we can note two stakes winners by Street Cry out of mares by Awesome Again (sire of Ghostzapper); and it might also be worth trying mares by Silver Deputy (a reverse Deputy Minister/Mr. Prospector cross to Danza), and sons such as Posse, Archers Bay, Badge of Silver, Spring At Last and J Be K; as well as daughters of Touch Gold; Dehere (sire of Graeme Hall); Salt Lake; and Forest Camp (who is bred on the same cross as French Deputy, the broodmare sire of Danza). Street Boss also has a stakes winner out of a mare by Wild Again (available through Offlee Wild, Wild Event, Wild Rush, Whiskey Wisdom, Vicar and Milwaukee Brew), a son of Northern Dancer’s three-quarters relative, Icecapade.
Street Boss has already sired stakes winners out of the A.P. Indy line stallions Golden Missile and Pulpit (sire of Tapit, Sky Mesa and Stroll), with other sources of A.P. Indy including Malibu Moon, Mineshaft, Flatter, Congrats, Old Trieste, Stephen Got Even, and Jump Start.
There is a Street Boss stakes winner out of a mare by Meadowlake, a cross that has proved to be a grade one producing one for Street Cry, and a multiple stakes winner out of a mare by Holy Bull (sire of Macho Uno). Street Boss’s grade one winning sprinter, Capo Bastone, is out of a mare by Fit to Fight, from the Bold Ruler line and his 2015 graded scorer Metaboss is out of a mare by Free House, from the Never Bend line.