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.
A PDF report that can be downloaded for free by BHNOW subscribers (anyone who is a Blood-Horse magazine subscriber and sets up a free account), Data Digest is a special 26-page report that breaks down the Keeneland sale into numerous tables and charts to benefit owners, breeders, and their agents.
Storm Cat, the 24-year-old stallion who stands at Overbrook Farm near Lexington, was second-leading sire, behind A.P. Indy, of Keeneland yearlings by average, with three or more sold. The A.P. Indy yearlings averaged $858,043 compared with $536,739 for Storm Cat.
When broken down into other categories, however, Storm Cat ranked first as broodmare sire of yearlings sold and for fillies sold at the sale. The nine fillies sired by Storm Cat averaged $721,111, well above the $418,214 average price paid for his 14 colts sold at the sale.
In addition, yearlings produced from mares sired by Storm Cat were also in demand at Keeneland. The stallion topped the sale’s broodmare sire list with 72 of the 85 yearlings offered being sold for an average price of $345,417.
That Storm Cat’s fillies should be such hot property or that his broodmares are producing yearlings that are coveted by buyers should come as no surprise. Just as the stallion has made his mark as a sire of sires, he is also gaining a reputation as a prolific broodmare sire.
Through Sept. 30, Storm Cat ranked as fourth-leading broodmare sire in North America, with runners produced from his mares earning a total $9,031,771. Storm Cat was represented by 172 winners, including 20 stakes winners, from 409 runners that had been produced from 253 mares.
He was also among the leading broodmare sires of 2006, with earnings of $7,716,231. Last year, there were 18 stakes winners among the 151 winners for Storm Cat mares. He was represented by 314 runners from 208 mares.
Though he is no longer dominates the general sire list and has fallen off the top of the heap when it comes to yearling sale averages, Storm Cat continues to be a major factor within breeding and sales ranks when it comes to fillies and mares.