Weekend Storm, dam of Central Kentucky stallion Kipling and four stakes winners, died Feb. 12 of foaling complications. The 17-year-old mare hemorrhaged and died a day after foaling a colt by Gulch, who stands at William S. Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky. The newborn is a full brother to Kipling, to grade I winner and millionaire Court Vision , and to Hong Kong stakes winner Garcia Marquez.
By Storm Bird out of 1992 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Weekend Surprise, Weekend Storm was bred in Kentucky by Farish and W.S. Kilroy. She was owned at the time of her death by Farish and Kilroy Thoroughbreds.
Although she was unraced, Weekend Storm was viewed as a prime broodmare prospect because of her pedigree. She was a half-sister to 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. Indy and a full sister to 1990 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Squall.
Kipling, whose price of $1.4 million was tops at the 1997 Saratoga yearling sale, is the sire of 2007 NetJets Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Kip Deville. Kipling stands at Pope McLean’s Crestwood Farm near Lexington.
Weekend Storm produced a dozen named foals, nine of which were winners. They include additional stakes winners Lord Snowdon (by Seeking the Gold) and Smart Surprise (by Lane’s End stallion Smart Strike), plus stakes-placed City Weekend (by Carson City) and Weekend Strike (by Smart Strike).
Six-year-old Lord Snowdon won the Jan. 3 Native Dancer Stakes at Laurel, and 5-year-old Smart Surprise captured the Feb. 14 Chou Croute Handicap at Fair Grounds.
Weekend Storm’s 2-year-old colt, Hailstone, is by Lane’s End stallion City Zip.