Storm Cat was put down on Wednesday at Overbrook Farm in Kentucky. The champion sire was aged 30.
Storm Cat (Storm Bird – Terlingua by Secretariat) was bred and raced by Overbrook Farm owner William T Young to a G1 victory in the 1985 Young America Stakes at Meadowlands. He was also beaten a nose by Tasso in that year’s championship decider in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
Retired from racing in 1987 to stand stud at Overbrook Farm, he covered an initial book in 1988 at $30,000. He was pensioned in 2008 after a 20-year stud career that saw his fee rise to as high as $500,000.
His progeny have earned over $127 million and among them are 108 stakes winners. He topped the general sire list twice, the juvenile sire list a record seven times and was leading broodmare sire in 2012.
A total of 91 Storm Cats brought $1 million or more at yearling sales. By comparison, his grandsire Northern Dancer ranks second with 52 yearlings which brought $1 million or more.
Storm Cat retired from active stud duties in 2008 and led a quiet life at Overbrook Farm. His schedule included daily care from Eduardo Terrazas, his original stallion manager, and regular visits from his life-long veterinarian Dr. Robert Copelan.
“Storm Cat was a once-in-a-lifetime horse and the key to the success of Overbrook Farm,” William T. Young Jr. said. “My father often said that Storm Cat made him look like a genius.”
Storm Cat has been buried at Overbrook Farm.