Storm Cat

Images of the great thoroughbred sire Storm Cat

Storm Cat, North America’s premier sire for years, has been pensioned from stallion duty because of declining fertility at the Young family’s Overbrook Farm near Lexington.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

According to farm official Ric Waldman, the 25-year-old son of Storm Bird impregnated just three of the 32 mares bred to him this year.

Photo: Overbrook Farm

His fee this year was $300,000, down from the $500,000 for which he stood from 2002-07.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Storm Cat, who stood for as little as $20,000 in 1991, is represented by 160 stakes winners and the earners of $112 million. He proved an overwhelming success not only on the sire ranks, topping the year-end lists in 1999 and 2000, but also at the sales.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Dozens of his offspring that were sold as yearlings commanded $1 million or more.

Photo: Barbara D. Livingston

North America’s current premier sire of sires, Storm Cat is represented by such sons as Giant's Causeway, Tale of the Cat, and Stormy Atlantic, all three of whom rank in the top seven this year by progeny earnings.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Storm Cat raced for Overbrook founder, the late William T. Young, and was bred by W.T. Young Storage. He won the 1985 Young America Stakes (gr. I) and came close to winning that year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I).

Photo: Christine George

He didn’t enter stud at Overbrook until 1988. He quickly proved that he was a stallion worth reckoning with when he got 18 juveniles winners from 44 named juveniles from his first crop. Eight runners from that crop won stakes.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Storm Cat’s retirement came shortly after the death of his dam, Terlingua (by Secretariat). Terlingua, who was pensioned at Overbrook, was euthanized in late April at age 32.

Photo: Barbara D. Livingston

Storm Cat was listed among the top 15 on the year-end list of top sires (racing money won by their offspring) 13 of 14 years, starting in 1993. He was No. 1 on that list in 1999 and 2000.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

The Blood-Horse cover from 3/5/2005 featuring Storm Cat.

Photo: Blood-horse

Storm Cat will remain at Overbrook Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

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