Stormin Fever , who has sired the career earners of $17.1 million, has been purchased by Betty Mabee and her son Larry to stand at their Golden Eagle Farm near Ramona, Calif. His 2009 fee is $7,500.
A 14-year-old son of Storm Cat, Stormin Fever has sired 41 horses that have won or placed in stakes, including grade I winners Sweet Talker and Tarlow.
Sweet Talker captured the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (gr. IT) at Keeneland on her way to becoming a millionaire, and Tarlow took the Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita.
“Ever since Golden Eagle started downsizing in 2007 our motto has been quality over quantity,” said general manager Janine McCullough. “Stormin Fever is the strongest Storm Cat stallion to ever be moved to California, with several big crops behind him.”
Stormin Fever’s total of 21 stakes winners also includes other graded winners Misty Rosette and Storm Wolf, plus English group II winner Howick Falls.
This year, Stormin Fever is represented by the earners of $3.3 million, the fourth straight year he has topped that mark. Seven of his 2008 runners are stakes winners.
Stormin Fever is a full brother to grade I winner Raging Fever and is out of the graded stakes-placed Seattle Slew mare Pennant Fever.
Stormin Fever formerly stood at Brereton C. Jones’ Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky., and was purchased by the Mabees from Jones and Edward P. Evans.