Mariah's Storm Produces Galileo Filly
by Ron Mitchell
Date Posted: 6/11/2014 10:11:34 AM
Last Updated: 6/12/2014 9:14:29 PM

A foal by Galileo out of Mariah's Storm.
Photo: Courtesy of Coolmore Stud

The last foal of the 2014 breeding season at Coolmore Ireland  was foaled  June 1 when 23-year-old Mariah's Storm produced her 13th live foala filly by perennial European champion sire Galileo.

Mariah's Storm is the dam of three-time leading North American sire Giant's Causeway   and successful New York-based stallion Freud  .

Purchased by John Magnier for $2.6 million at the 1996 Keeneland November sale while in foal to Storm Cat, Mariah's Storm produced six straight colts. The first colt produced from the mare was six-time grade I winner Giant's Causeway and the second colt was Freud, who has sired a pair of grade I winners.

Seven fillies have followed. The first of these was You'resothrilling, a full sister to Giant's Causeway and Freud who won the group II Cherry Hinton Stakes as a juvenile. You'resothrilling's first foal is recent Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) heroine Marvellous.

Pearling and Love Me Only, the respective second and third filly foals produced from the mare, both went through the ring in 2011 as maidens in foal to Galileo and Sea The Stars, respectively. Pearling was purchased by Tony Nerses at the Newmarket December sale for 1.3 million guineas while Summerwind Farm bought Love Me Only for $2.1 million at the Keeneland November sale.

Breeders may never again see an opportunity to secure a daughter of the blue hen mare since the next four fillies produced from Mariah's Storm are all by Galileo, making them three-part sisters to Marvellous, and are all in Coolmore hands.

A daughter of Rahy bred in Kentucky by Crescent Farm, Mariah's Storm won or placed in 13 of 16 career starts and earned $724,895 while trained by Donnie Von Hemel for Bill and Marge Peters' Thunderhead Farms. Her 10 victories included the Turfway Park Budweiser Breeders' Cup Turf Stakes and the Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes, both grade II.



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