Top Freshman Sire Stormy Atlantic to Hill 'n' Dale in Kentucky

Stormy Atlantic, who ranks ninth on the leading first-crop list by progeny earnings, will stand next season at John G. Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington. He formerly stood at Arthur I. Appleton's Bridlewood Farm near Ocala, Fla., and was scheduled to stand there for $8,500 in 2003. His new fee is $12,500.

Hill 'n' Dale is in the process of syndicating Stormy Atlantic, but Bridlewood will retain majority interest.

Stormy Atlantic's runners have earned $550,000 and include stakes winners Atlantic Ocean, Jimmy O., and Hurricane Hebe, plus stakes-placed Gators N Bears. The big winner of the group, Atlantic Ocean, captured the Miesque Stakes (gr. IIIT) and the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes on dirt.

Stormy Atlantic's relocation comes on the heels of Hill 'n' Dale buying some of breeding rights in leading 2-year-old Vindication. A son of Seattle Slew, Vindication will enter stud at the farm following his racing career.

An 8-year-old son of Storm Cat, Stormy Atlantic won a pair of stakes and earned $148,126, His dam, Hail Atlantis (by Seattle Slew), is a grade I winner, and his second, Flippers, is one of seven stakes winners produced from co-Horse of the Year Moccasin.

Stormy Atlantic will arrive Dec. 20.