Steve Asmussen's 3-year-old colts have been in full view on the trail to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). The trainer's fillies have been less visible, but his 3-year-old Sky Mom may get her chance to shine in the $200,000 WinStar Sunland Park Oaks March 16.
Offspring by Speightstown attracting attention at Fasig-Tipton juvenile sale.
MAHUBAH's CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter
With only 16 starts under his belt as a 6-year-old, Surf Cat is far from the most durable runner in North America. But when he is right, there are few with more sheer talent. Having run down grade I winner Greg's Gold in the San Carlos Handicap (gr. II) Feb. 16, Surf Cat has now recorded his fifth win in a grade II race.
Stonewall Farm Stallions' A.P. Warrior sired his first foal Jan. 27 when a bay filly out of the Storm Cat mare Full Moon Tonight was born at Stonewall Farm in Versailles, Ky.
Multiple grade I winner Island Fashion foaled a dark bay or brown filly by leading sire Storm Cat Feb. 4 at Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm near Lexington, the farm announced Feb. 6.
Ashado will be bred this year to Street Sense's sire, Street Cry.
Eclipse Award winner Fleet Indian produced her first foal, a Storm Cat colt, at Summer Wind Farm near Georgetown, Ky.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
More than 20 years ago in Ken McLean's book "Tesio - Master of Matings" he predicted that the combination of Nijinsky II and the similarly bred Storm Bird would one day be a potent one. At the time, Storm Cat -- Storm Bird's most important stallion son -- had yet to cover a mare. McLean also predicted these sires would be most effective when they had receded to the third and fourth generations of a pedigree. What has come to pass is a cross that has produced 120 stakes winners, of which 60 are graded stakes winners and 20 are grade I winners.
Alan Porter discusses the short yearlings and carried foals that have the top-rated TrueNicks ratings and are entered in the second day of the Keeneland January sale.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Harlan's Holiday, who currently ranks second on the leading freshman sires list, is one of several grandsons of Storm Cat who are proving themselves as sires. His top runner to date is Into Mischief, winner of the CashCall Futurity (gr. I) at Hollywood Park on Dec. 22. Harlan's Holiday has also been represented by stakes winners Tasha's Miracle, Bear Holiday, P.S.U. Grad, and Harlan's Song.
Many horse industry figures were in the spirit of giving during the Kentucky Equine Education Project's stallion season auction, billed with the tag line, "No Time to Hold Your Horses." The auction was held for the first time since 2004 to benefit causes supported by the organization.
Odds-on favorite The Leopard got the firm going he wanted, and responded with an overpowering win in the $111,800 Generous Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park Nov. 24. With the victory, winning trainer Todd Pletcher broke the single-season record for purse earnings he set last year.
Tom Crouch does not mind shipping his homebred filly Kettleoneup all over the nation. The 4-year-old has been to seven different racetracks this year alone.
- By Ron Mitchell
Among the most-watched statistics at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale is that of leading covering sires, which are those stallions represented by mares sold in-foal from their matings earlier this year.
Six of the 10 2-year-olds entered in the $100,000 Generous Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park on Nov. 23 are coming into the one-mile turf event off victories. But the winner could very well be a colt whose record shows the worst effort of the group last time out -- Todd Pletcher trainee The Leopard, whose seventh-place finish in the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf came over a soggy grass course that left many floundering.
Saintly Look, a grade III-winning son of Saint Ballado, has been retired to stand at Don and Dana Myers' Swifty Farms in Seymour, Ind.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Catienus, the leading sire in New York in 2006 and 2007, has returned to Ramsey Farm in Nicholasville, Ky., it was announced Nov. 14.
Multiple grade I winner Fleet Indian was sold privately to Frank and Jane Lyon's Summer Wind Farm after failing to meet her reserve during the opening session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 5.
Last year's champion older female Fleet Indian is scheduled to sell in foal to Storm Cat on the opening day of the 2007 Keeneland November mixed sale. Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, will consign the 6-year-old mare, who is believed to be carrying a colt based on fetal sexing, on behalf of her owner, Paul Saylor.
Weather Warning, a stakes winning son of Storm Cat, will stand in 2008 at Windfields Farm near Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. His fee will be $5,000.
Mr. Sekiguchi, a son of Storm Cat who sold for $8 million at the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale, has been retired to stud at Hill 'n Dale Farm near Lexington, Ky.
Trainer John Shirreffs said After Market, the second choice in the morning line for the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), will be scratched.
When it comes to Grace Anatomy, trainer Doug O'Neill has her all figured out. She is a filly with "above average" talent and likes to come from off the pace.
Excellent Art, who is less than a length shy of being a winner of his last three races in England, all group I events, was made the 3-1 favorite for the Oct. 27 NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Monmouth Park.
Storm Cat, whose fee of $500,000 from 2002-07 was North America's highest, will stand for $300,000 in 2008 at the Young family's Overbrook Farm near Lexington. His new fee is equaled to that of Lane's End stallion A.P. Indy. The $300,000 is the highest fee announced so far this year for 2008.
The world-record price for a yearling filly was shattered by a Sadler's Wells filly Oct. 12 during book one of the Tattersalls October yearling sale.
- By Ron Mitchell
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, according to statistics published as part of BloodHorseNOW's exclusive Data Digest.
Coming off a four-race win streak in California, Pam and Martin Wygood's After Market seeks a fifth straight victory and a ticket to the Breeders' Cup Mile when he leads the field of 11 in the Sept. 29 Kelso Handicap (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park.
Storm Cat, the leader of American commercial sires for most of the last decade, is still strong commercially and is slated to continue in stud service in 2008. But for the second consecutive year, Storm Cat finished second rather than first among leading sires by average at the Keeneland September select yearling sale, and this year, Storm Cat averaged less than half what he did in 2006 ($559,773 vs. $1,270,208). As a result, speculation as to who will assume the old king's mantle is off and running.
We frequently find that horses that outrun their pedigrees have clever pedigree patterns. We were reminded again of that fact when Georgie Boy a son of rising California stallion star, Tribal Rule captured the Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) on Sept. 5. The race marked an advance in form for the youngster, who broke his maiden in the restricted Graduation Stakes on his third outing, and then took second to the Futurity runner-up, Salute the Sarge, in the Best Pal Stakes (gr. II).
The shift in sire power at the marathon Keeneland September yearling sale could result in a decreased stud fee for Storm Cat and a reduction in the number of mares to be bred to the most expensive sire in North America.
A daughter of Unbridled's Song and a son of Cherokee Run led the morning portion of the third day of the Keeneland September yearling sale, with each selling for $425,000.
For the first time this year, Sheikh Mohammed and Coolmore hooked up in a bidding battle for an outstanding looking son of Dynaformer at the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale.
- By Ron Mitchell
Senior staff writer Ron Mitchell identifies the top ten offerings on the first day of the 2007 Keeneland Yearling Sale.
I am not convinced that the basic constitution of the Thoroughbred has changed as much as the decline in starts since 1960 would indicate. That said, the attempt to give information with regard to the soundness of individual stallions is a laudable one, highlighting an area that is generally not given as much attention as it deserves.
- By Dan Liebman
By Dan Liebman - Thankfully, someone at the time did have an interest in standing Danzig, Storm Cat, and Mr. Prospector, respectively. And, our breed has been changed forever because of their decisions.
After Market, one of America's best hopes in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), passed an important distance test Aug. 26, when he captured the $250,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) at 11 furlongs on the Jimmy Durante turf course.
Hennessy had on Aug. 9 died of apparent heart failure at Haras La Mission in Argentina while preparing for the Southern Hemisphere season. The 14-year-old son of Storm Cat out of Island Kitty, by Hawaii, has so far sired 57 stakes winners from 1,057 foals of racing age, for earnings of nearly $54 million. While it is somewhat early to appraise his impact on the breed, one can at least recognize Hennessy as having what we might term an important "sociological" legacy. Hennessy was, in short, the first son of Storm Cat to show he had real potential as a sire of top-class horses.
Storm Cat covered 96 mares this past breeding season and more than 70% got in foal.
Eclipse Award winner Fleet Indian, carrying a Storm Cat colt, is headed to the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
The Leopard, a Storm Cat colt purchased for $2.5 million at the Fasig-Tipton Florida Select 2-year-olds in training sale earlier this year, scored in an impressive maiden special weight victory at Saratoga Aug. 11.
The untimely loss of Hennessy will not only leave a void at Coolmore's Ashford Stud, but for breeders in both hemispheres looking for speed and versatility.
Coolmore's talented stallion Hennessy reportedly died of an apparent heart failure Aug. 9 at Haras La Mission in Argentina. The 14-year-old son of Storm Cat had shuttled to South America for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season.
After Market, one of the favorites in the Arlington Million (gr. IT), is special because of his late kick, trainer John Shirreffs said.
A son of Storm Cat will be the first horse in the sale ring during Tuesday's second session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling auction.
Champion Fleet Indian, who is in foal to Storm Cat, probably will be sold in Kentucky this November at either the Keeneland breeding stock sale or the Fasig-Tipton select mixed auction.
Burmilla spotted class and experience to her four rivals, but the lightly-raced 4-year-old daughter of Storm Cat was anything but intimidated as she pulled away down the stretch for a nearly three-length upset victory in the $150,000 Honorable Miss Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga Aug. 3.
Multiple grade I winner After Market, who has won three consecutive graded-stakes races since April, will enter stud in 2008 at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky. A stud fee will be announced at a later date.
There is a school of thought that hold that the type of horse to look for as a potential broodmare sire is a good-sized, scopey kind of horse, one whose conformation suggests that he will get mares with plenty of room to carry their foals.
Saratoga Race Course will honor retired champion mare Fleet Indian with the running of the first Fleet Indian Stakes for 3-year-old and up New York-bred fillies going 1 1/16 miles Aug. 1.
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