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Storm Cat

Storm Cat
Sire Storm Bird
Dam Terlingua
Grandsire Northern Dancer
Damsire Secretariat
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1983
Country USA
Color Bay
Breeder Overbrook Farm
Owner Overbrook Farm
Trainer Jonathan E. Sheppard
Record 8: 4-3-0
Earnings US$570,610
Storm Cat is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Terlingua by Storm Bird. He was born around 1983 in USA, and was bred by Overbrook Farm.
Major wins
Young American Stakes (1985)
Leading sire in North America (1999, 2000)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on May 4, 2007

Storm Cat (foaled in 1983) was an American Thoroughbred stallion whose breeding fee during the peak of his stud career was $500,000, the highest in the world. As such, he was one of the few horses with a 24 hour armed guard.[citation needed]

He was sired by Storm Bird, a son of Northern Dancer. His dam is Terlingua, who was sired by Secretariat. During his racing career the bay won the Grade I Young America Stakes at The Meadowlands, and finished second by a nose in that year's championship deciding race, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Best known for the success of the racehorses he has sired and his many successful sons at stud, Storm Cat stood at stud at Overbrook Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. In 1999 and 2000, he was the leading sire in North America. As of August 2008, he has sired 32 winners of Group 1/Grade 1 stakes, 99 winners of group or graded stakes races, and 166 stakes winners worldwide who have earnings in excess of $115 million. He was the leading sire of stakes winners in North America in 2005.

His stud fee from 2002 to 2007 was $500,000 for each live foal, but his final published fee was reduced to $300,000 for 2008.


Pensioned in 2008

It was announced May 13, 2008 by Overbrook Farm that Storm Cat, at the age of 25, was pensioned from stallion duty due to reduced fertility.[1] Storm Cat will remain at Overbrook in Lexington for the remainder of his days.

Storm Cat covered more than 30 mares in 2008 with three reportedly in foal.[2] According to Ric Waldman, who managed the stallion for Overbrook, "We have been monitoring his semen throughout the breeding season, and there's been a decline in his semen quality."


Storm Cat was the focus of the well-received 2002 non-fiction book "stud: Adventures in Breeding" by author Kevin Conley.

Storm Cat's progeny includes

  • After Market
  • Americas Storm
  • Catinca
  • Cat Thief
  • Finder's Fee
  • Good Reward
  • Grand Reward
  • Hennessy
  • High Yield
  • Hold That Tiger
  • Meisho Bowler (Japan)
  • One Cool Cat
  • Sardula
  • Star Programmer (Japan)
  • Sweet Catomine
  • Youre'sothrilling

Sire-of-Sires and Broodmare Sire

'Storm Cat is also a noted sire of other successful stallions. By far his most successful son at stud to date has been Giant's Causeway. Among his other sons who have achieved success as stallions are Hennessey, Forestry, and Tabasco Cat'.

His daughters have also made him a noteworthy broodmare sire. Progeny produced by daughters of Storm Cat include the 2004 Breeders' Cup Sprint Winner and Eclipse Award-Winning Champion Sprinter, Speightstown, as well as the 2005 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Winner and Champion 2-Year Old Filly, Folklore.

Storm Cat's success as a sire-of-sires and broodmare sire could be attributed to his top and bottom sire lines. His paternal grandsire, Northern Dancer, was also a well-known sire-of-sires, and his maternal grandsire, Secretariat, is regarded as perhaps the greatest broodmare sire in history.

Record sale prices

At the September 2004 Keeneland yearling sales, a Storm Cat colt since named Mr. Sekiguchi sold for $8 million and in the 2005 sale another of his colts, Jalil, sold for $9.7 million. The price was the highest ever paid for a yearling sold at the Keeneland September sale and is third-highest overall.

External links

  • Overbrook Farm (click on "Storm Cat" below central graphic, or pull down "Stallions" menu")


  1. Storm Cat pensioned at 25 - Thoroughbred Times
  2. Daily Racing Form: News Login/Access Your Account


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