|Birth: ||Feb. 27, 1983|
|Death: ||Apr. 24, 2013|
Storm Cat, the thoroughbred stallion who once commanded one of the highest breeding fees in North America, died Thursday at Overbrook Farm in Lexington. He was 30.
Ric Waldman, manager of Storm Cat's stud career, said Storm Cat was euthanized due to complications from old age. Waldman said Storm Cat appeared to have cancer but tests were not performed because they could have caused him pain.
Storm Cat was buried at Overbrook Farm, where he lived after his retirement from stud duty in 2008.
Storm Cat made only eight starts over two years, winning four times but became one of the world's leading sires. His stud fee rose to as high as $500,000.
His offspring earned more than $127 million and included winners of the Preakness Stakes, the Belmont Stakes and the Kentucky Oaks.
Storm Cat was retired from breeding in 2008.
He recently enjoyed a 30th birthday party at Overbrook, which he celebrated with his former trainer, Jonathan Sheppard on Feb. 27.
"Storm Cat was a once-in-a-lifetime horse and the key to the success that Overbrook Farm enjoyed. My father often said that Storm Cat made him look like a genius." Overbrook Farm owner William T. Young Jr. said in a news release from the farm.
The horse who was once largely ignored by breeders went on to stand for an American high of $500,000 for a six-year stretch, siring eight champions and 108 graded stakes winners with progeny earnings of more than $127 million.
Ric Waldman, who managed Storm Cat's stud career said, "Storm Cat was a major impact
sire - a major impact on the future of the breed and a major impact on the lives of those of us at Overbrook."
Most impressive was the fact the son of Storm Bird achieved his success from relatively humble beginnings. Having started out at a fee of $30,000 in 1988, Storm Cat was able to produce runners early on from books of less-than-fashionable mares.
Not since the legendary Northern Dancer stood at Windfields Farm was one stallion so responsible for a farm's success the way Storm Cat was with Overbrook -- the operation founded by the late William T. Young.
Obituary courtesy of Herald Leader & WLEX 18 TV
Storm Bird (1978 - 2004)
Terlingua (1976 - 2008)
Harlan (1989 - 1999)*
Tabasco Cat (1991 - 2004)*
Overbrook Farm Equine Cemetery
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