The last Storm Cat offspring to ever sell at auction brought $285,000 from the Toronto, Canada-based Chiefswood Farm at the second select session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 13.
The second foal out of the stakes-placed Gone West mare Western Princess, the dark bay or brown filly was consigned by Craig and Holly Bandoroff’s Denali Stud, agent.
“She’s by one of the best sires in the world,” noted Mark Krembil, who operates Chiefswood with his father, Robert. The filly, who was bred in Kentucky by Earl Mack, is the third Storm Cat offspring to be owned by Chiefswood. “(The motivation to buy this filly) was mostly because she looks like she has lot of athletic ability and because of Storm Cat’s value—his pedigree has a lot of value to it,” said Krembil.
Chiefswood has campaigned several other stakes winners over the years, including 2010 graded stakes winner Aurora Lights; Ambitious Cat (also by Storm Cat), who won a 2005 Sovereign Award winner as Canada's top female turf horse; and Niigon, winner of the 2004 Queen’s Plate.
On Sept. 12, the second-to-last Storm Cat offspring sold at auction, a colt out of the stakes-winning Waquoit mare Halo America, was bought for $320,000 by Kaleem Shah from Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales agency, agent. The colt is a full brother to stakes winner Marino Marini and a half brother to stakes-placed runner Quick Temper (by A.P. Indy).
Two-time leading sire Storm Cat, who was pensioned in 2008, stood his stellar career at the Young family’s Overbrook Farm near Lexington. Since last fall, the operation has dispersed all its yearlings, breeding stock, and the majority of its horses in training.