A 2002 nomination to leading sire Storm Cat was purchased by WinStar Farms for $450,000 during Monday's Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. The no-guarantee season was tacked onto the end of the Monday session after W. T. Young's Overbrook Farm donated the season to benefit the American Red Cross.
Under terms of the sale, the purchaser will have the right to breed back to Storm Cat in 2003 (provided he is breeding sound) should the mare not get in foal on the 2002 breeding.
WinStar vice president Doug Cauthen said farm owners Ken Troutt and Bill Casner felt it was a good opportunity to acquire another breeding to Storm Cat and to benefit the Red Cross at the same time. "We thought it was a good deal since you can breed back to him if the mare doesn't get in foal," Cauthen said.
Cauthen said it had not been determined which mare will be bred on the season; WinStar is breeding three other mares to Storm Cat next year, he said.