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Storm Cat: February 27, 1983 - April 24, 2013

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  • Storm Cat: February 27, 1983 - April 24, 2013

    May he rest in peace

    Storm Cat was euthanized on April 24 at the Young family’s Overbrook Farm in Lexington, KY at the age of 30 due to complications from infirmities of old age.

  • #2
    That's a nice old age for a great horse!
    "If you can't feed 'em, don't breed 'em."


    • Original Poster

      Just last July Barbara Livingston for the DRF did her "Checking in on a living legend"

      As we know he was the centerpiece of the book Stud Adventures in Breeding with the boasting of his $500k fee.

      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.


      • #4
        I figured he would of lived longer then his dam Terlingua. Sounds like he might of been put down for the same reason as her. RIP Stormy


        • #5
          The end of an era.


          • Original Poster

            From March 2013 - DRF/Mary Simon - "Reflections on 30 years of the King of Stallions" (Storm Cat) - March 8, 2013

            And in the end

            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.


            • #7
              So glad I got to see him some years ago. He had quite the "presence".
              "Everyone will start to cheer, when you put on your sailin shoes"-Lowell George


              • #8
                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


                • #9
                  R.I.P. Storm Cat.


                  • #10
                    He was amazing as a racehorse and even better as a stallion. RIP big guy.
                    Hillary Rodham Clinton - the peoples choice for president.


                    • #11
                      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.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by gumtree View Post
                        He had been “collected” after his retirement from TB live cover for QH breeding or others of interest for a $25,000 fee.
                        I remember hearing about this. Did he have any big winners or really successful offspring that came from the QH mares?


                        • #13
                          He was so much like his grandsire in temperament, and as a sire. Nice piece in Thoroughbred Daily News today (thoroughbreddailynews.com), including comments from his trainer, Jonathan Sheppard.


                          • #14
                            Godspeed to a great TB.
                            "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief


                            • #15
                              I was sorry to hear of this, even though not unexpected. I have three grandchildren of his, and they are all athletic and and kind.


                              • #16
                                I have to say, although he did sire many winners etc.. he was not one of my favorites as a TB sire. He had a very QH appearance, as did Northern Dancer.

                                Yes.. so did Secretariat, but not in the same dumpy manner..
                                That is my prejudice and I admit it...

                                My condolences to the people who loved him, he will never be forgotten.


                                • #17
                                  I was interested in what he had done when crossed with Quarter Horses and found this:


                                  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).