Storm Cat

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Storm Cat
SireStorm Bird
GrandsireNorthern Dancer
DamTerlingua
DamsireSecretariat
SexStallion
Foaled1983
CountryUSA
ColourBay
BreederOverbrook Farm
OwnerOverbrook Farm
TrainerJonathan E. Sheppard
Record8: 4-3-0
EarningsUS$570,610
Major wins
Young America Stakes (1985)
Awards
Leading sire in North America (1999, 2000)
Last updated on May 4, 2007
 
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Storm Cat
SireStorm Bird
GrandsireNorthern Dancer
DamTerlingua
DamsireSecretariat
SexStallion
Foaled1983
CountryUSA
ColourBay
BreederOverbrook Farm
OwnerOverbrook Farm
TrainerJonathan E. Sheppard
Record8: 4-3-0
EarningsUS$570,610
Major wins
Young America Stakes (1985)
Awards
Leading sire in North America (1999, 2000)
Last updated on May 4, 2007

Storm Cat (February 27, 1983 – April 24, 2013) was an American Thoroughbred stallion whose breeding fee during the peak of his stud career was $500,000, one of the highest in the world, the highest being his Grandsire, the Canadian champion, Northern Dancer at $1,000,000 (with no guarantee) 1984-1987.[1] As such, he was one of the few horses with a 24-hour armed guard.[citation needed] Peppermints were Storm's favorite treat.[2]

Pedigree and racing career[edit]

He was sired by Storm Bird, a son of Northern Dancer. His dam is Terlingua, who was sired by Secretariat. During his racing career, the bay won the Grade I Young America Stakes at Meadowlands Racetrack In that year's championship deciding race, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile he finished second by a nose to Tasso.[3] Storm Cat came out of the race with a chipped knee, later suffered a tendon injury and was retired after only two more starts. [4]

Stud career[edit]

Best known for the success of the racehorses he has sired and his many successful sons at stud, Storm Cat stood at stud at Overbrook Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. In 1999 and 2000, he was the leading sire in North America. As of April 2013, he has sired 35 grade/group one winners, eight champions, 108 winners of group or graded stakes races, and 180 stakes winners worldwide, which have earnings in excess of $128 million.[5] He was the leading sire of stakes winners in North America in 2005. The best of his progeny included Aljabr, Bluegrass Cat, Cat Thief, Forestry, Giant's Causeway, Hennessy, Hold That Tiger, Jalil, Life Is Sweet, One Cool Cat, Storm Flag Flying and Tabasco Cat.

At the September 2004 Keeneland yearling sales, a Storm Cat colt since named Mr. Sekiguchi sold for $8 million, and in the 2005 sale, another of his colts, Jalil, sold for $9.7 million. The price was the highest ever paid for a yearling sold at the Keeneland September sale and is third-highest overall. His stud fee from 2002 to 2007 was $500,000 for each live foal, but his final published fee was reduced to $300,000 for 2008.

Overbrook Farm announced May 13, 2008 that Storm Cat, at the age of 25, was pensioned from stallion duty due to reduced fertility. Storm Cat covered more than 30 mares in 2008, with three reportedly in foal. According to Ric Waldman, who managed the stallion for Overbrook, "We have been monitoring his semen throughout the breeding season, and there's been a decline in his semen quality."[6]

Sire of sires and broodmare sire[edit]

Storm Cat is also a noted sire of other successful stallions. By far his most successful son at stud to date has been Giant's Causeway. His other sons with success at stud include Hennessey, Forestry, and Tabasco Cat as well as grandson, Harlan's Holiday..

His daughters have also made him a noteworthy broodmare sire. Progeny produced by daughters of Storm Cat include 2004 Breeders' Cup Sprint Winner and Eclipse Award-Winning Champion Sprinter Speightstown and 2005 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner and Champion 2-Year Old Filly Folklore.

Book[edit]

Storm Cat was the focus of the well-received 2002 nonfiction book "Stud: Adventures in Breeding" by author Kevin Conley.

Death[edit]

Storm Cat was euthanized on April 24, 2013 at his home at Overbrook Farm in Lexington, Kentucky due to the complications of the infirmities of old age. He was 30 years old.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Northern Dancer - The Legend and His Legacy, Muriel Lennox
  2. ^ "Top sire Storm Cat euthanized at age 30". Msn.foxsports.com. 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2013-04-25. 
  3. ^ "Fappiano's son defeats Storm Cat". Ocala Star-Banner. November 3, 1985. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  4. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/2004/jan/16/sports/sp-horse16
  5. ^ http://www.drf.com/news/legendary-overbrook-farm-stallion-storm-cat-dies-30
  6. ^ "Storm Cat pensioned at 25". ESPN. 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 

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