Country Life Adds Parker's Storm Cat

Filling the void left when his half-brother Malibu Moon was recently moved to Castleton Lyons Farm near Lexington, Parker's Storm Cat will enter stud in 2004 at the Pons family's Country Life Farm near Bel Air, Md. The son of Storm Cat's fee will be $3,000.

Both Parker's Storm Cat and Malibu Moon were bred and raced by B. Wayne Hughes. Both horses are out of Hughes' Mr. Prospector mare, Macoumba, a $2-million private purchase. Hughes recently won the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) with Action This Day.

"Parker's Storm Cat has the best conformation of any horse I've ever owned, and his sire Storm Cat was the hottest stallion in the world at Keeneland this November," Hughes said.

Parker's Storm Cat ran once last year in France, running unplaced at Deauville. The colt made his U.S. debut this year at Del Mar on Aug. 30 for trainer Warren Stute, winning a five-furlong maiden race in :57.23. In two subsequent allowance efforts, Parker's Storm Cat ran second and fourth. He earned $40,800.

In his last start, Nov. 1, Parker's Storm Cat injured himself. "He had a little filling in a tendon and the ultrasound showed a small tear," Stute said.

Macoumba won three of six starts, including the Prix Marcel Boussac Criterium des Pouliches (Fr-I) and the Prix Imprudence. She is currently in foal to A.P. Indy. Her dam, Maximova, a daughter of Green Dancer--Baracala, by Swaps, won seven of 14 career starts and was the second highweighted2-year-old filly on both the English Free Handicap and French Free Handicap in 1982. She won the Prix de la Salamandre (Fr-I) and two other stakes at two. At three, she won the Prix de Meautry (Fr-III) and placed in both the Goffs Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) and Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (French One Thousand Guineas, Fr-I). She is the dam of group I winner Septieme Ciel and multiple grade III winner Maxigroom.

"This farm has been making stallions since 1931," said Josh Pons, who runs Country Life in partnership with his brother, Michael, "and our best ones have all been lightly raced. Allen's Prospect, a leading sire who we lost to illness in September, only earned $56,000. Carnivalay won one race. Citidancer won three races. Malibu Moon and Parker's Storm Cat won one race. We believe if a horse shows brilliance, and has the conformation and the pedigree, he's got a shot at succeeding at stud."