Wheaton, a half-brother to leading sire Storm Cat, died Nov. 13 after breaking a femur in a stall accident. The 16-year-old stallion stood at Dr. William Solomon's Pin Oak Lane Farm near New Freedom, Pa.Wheaton was North America's leading sire by number of 2-year-old winners in 2004, with 24. He is represented by 11 stakes winners, including graded winners Santana Strings and Radical Riley. The former captured the Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga, and Radical Riley was a multiple graded winner in South Florida. Wheaton's runners have earned $11.1 million.Bred by the late William T. Young's Overbrook Farm, Wheaton (Alydar--Terlingua, by Secretariat) was a winner for Overbrook and was owned by the Lexington farm at the time of his death. His earlier stallion days included stints in Florida at High Mark Farms and Sez Who Thoroughbreds. He covered 41 mares in 2006 while standing for a $3,500 fee.
Though Storm Cat was not the leading sire of horses sold at the marathon Keeneland September yearling sale, there was strong demand for his yearling fillies and for yearlings produced from his broodmares.