The deals, put together during September and October, were sold in singular and multiple breeding-right packages. "We have turned down additional interests," Waldman said. "The number 25 is a feeling for the time being. The reason we're not reporting who bought them is that it's a personal issue with these people."Storm Cat, whose stud fee is jumping from $300,000 last year to $400,000 in 2001, will be bred to more than 100 mares this coming season, according to Waldman, 17 of which will be broodmares owned by Young.
"His book is extremely full," Waldman said. "If there are any defections this coming year, they won't be replaced."Waldman also reported Storm Cat is in excellent health. "Last year was his best breeding season ever," he said. "He bred 118 mares and got 109 of them in foal. It was a career year for him. We don't anticipate him achieving that number again this year. It's like Mark McGwire hitting 70 home runs in one season. It can be done the next year, but it's unlikely."