Tropical Storm will stand the 2010 breeding season at Alfred H. Nuckols Jr.’s Hurstland Farm it was announced Oct. 15.
The winning son of Storm Cat is out of the grade I-winning Carson City mare Pearl City. Pearl City, winner of Saratoga’s Ballerina Handicap (gr. I) and the Prioress Stakes (gr. II), is a half-sister to the late Hennessy. Hennessy, also by Storm Cat and the sire of 68 stakes winners, died in 2007. At the time, he stood for $60,000 at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.
Second-crop sire Tropical Storm has produced more than 50% winners from starters and has 100% 2-year-old winners from starters this season. Among those winners is 2-year- old Little Bud Bud, who set a track record in his debut in April at Golden Gate Fields for two furlongs in :21.50.
“Tropical Storm is one of the best bred sons of Storm Cat standing in Kentucky,” Nuckols said. “Being from Hennessy’s family, and out of one of Carson City’s top runners, it’s no wonder that his foals are performing on the racetrack. He has 58 stakes horses in his first three dams. His pedigree and ability to sire runners are the hallmarks of a top-flight sire and hallmarks which Storm Cat himself possessed at the same age.”
Tropical Storm began his stud career at Hopewell Farm for his first two seasons and has held court at Walmac Farm for the last three seasons. His 2009 stud fee was $5,000. His 2010 stud fee will be announced at a later date.