To that point according to records Storm Cat’s initial stud fee was $30,000, in 1988. The fee dipped to $20,000 for his third and fourth seasons. Upon the success of his offspring, first at the track and then at stud, it eventually reached an advertised fee of $500,000 and remained there for six seasons. When he was pensioned, the fee was $300,000.
Storm Cat has inherited some impressive longevity genes. His dam and grandam both died at 32, and earlier this year his 29-year-old half-sister, Chapel of Dreams, was reported alive and well. Northern Dancer himself succumbed six weeks short of his 30th milestone. From appearances, Storm Cat himself has no intention of going anywhere anytime soon, other than from stall to paddock and back.
But inevitably his day will come and when it does, a special place awaits him.
Along a picturesque lane at Overbrook stands a life-sized bronze by renowned sculptor Gwen Reardon. No need to ask of whom – it is a perfect likeness of Storm Cat in his prime. This marks the Overbrook cemetery, where all other gravestones lie flush to the ground. Here is Terlingua, there Carson City, and over there, the dam of Young’s 1996 Kentucky Derby winner, Grindstone. Epsom Derby winner The Minstrel sleeps nearby; so, too, does Grand Canyon, a 1:33 juvenile miler who could have been anything – until a blood vessel ruptured. All rest in peace, silently waiting for the best of them all.
Storm Cat's statue is at the stallion complex not the cemetary. The cemetary is on the road to the barn 3 gate across from the road that goes to the yearling barns. I was surprised they put Terlingua there and not by his statue
No disrespect to you or the horse but he was hardly an “amazing’ race horse. A very good 2 year old winning the Young American a grade 1 stake race in its day long since extinct and a moderate second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. I was there. 2 starts at 3 winning an allowance race and then retired to stud. The rest is history.
He had been “collected” after his retirement from TB live cover for QH breeding or others of interest for a $25,000 fee.
First Storm Cat Quarter Horse Born at Vessels Stallion Farm
BONSALL, CA—MAY 28, 2009—The first American Quarter Horse foal by the world’s leading commercial sire, Storm Cat-TB, was foaled May 22 at Vessels Stallion Farm near Bonsall, California.
Owned by Grammy-winning singing star Lyle Lovett and Vessels Stallion Farm the colt is out the Champion mare Your First Moon, a daughter of All-Time Leading Quarter Horse sire First Down Dash. Your First Moon earned more than $750,000 with such grade 1 wins at the Los Alamitos Million Futurity(G1).