Storm Cat

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Storm Cat
Sire Storm Bird
Grandsire Northern Dancer
Dam Terlingua
Damsire Secretariat
Sex Stallion
Foaled February 27, 1983[1]
Country USA
Colour Bay
Breeder Overbrook Farm
Owner Overbrook Farm
Trainer Jonathan E. Sheppard
Record 8: 4–3–0
Earnings US$570,610
Major wins
Young America Stakes (1985)
Leading sire in North America (1999, 2000)
Last updated on May 4, 2007

Storm Cat (February 27, 1983 – April 24, 2013) was an American Thoroughbred stallion whose breeding fee during the peak of his stud career was $500,000, one of the highest in the world, the highest being his Grandsire, the Canadian champion, Northern Dancer at $1,000,000 (with no guarantee) 1984–1987.[2] As such, he was one of the few horses with a 24-hour armed guard.[citation needed] Peppermints were Storm's favorite treat.[3]


Storm Cat was a bay horse bred in Pennsylvania by his owners Overbrook Farm. He was sired by Storm Bird, a son of Northern Dancer. His dam is Terlingua, who was sired by Secretariat.

At maturity, he reached 16 hands (64 inches, 163 cm) high.[4]

Racing career[edit]

During his racing career, the bay won the Grade I Young America Stakes at Meadowlands Racetrack In that year's championship deciding race, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile he finished second by a nose to Tasso.[5] Storm Cat came out of the race with a chipped knee, later suffered a tendon injury and was retired after only two more starts. [6]

Stud career[edit]

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 April 2013, he has sired 35 grade/group one winners, eight champions, 108 winners of group or graded stakes races, and 180 stakes winners worldwide, which have earnings in excess of $128 million.[7] He was the leading sire of stakes winners in North America in 2005. The best of his progeny included Aljabr, Bluegrass Cat, Cat Thief, Forestry, Giant's Causeway, Hennessy, Hold That Tiger, Jalil, Life Is Sweet, One Cool Cat, Storm Flag Flying and Tabasco Cat.

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. 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.

Overbrook Farm announced May 13, 2008 that Storm Cat, at the age of 25, was pensioned from stallion duty due to reduced fertility. Storm Cat covered more than 30 mares in 2008, with three reportedly in foal. 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."[8]

Sire of sires and broodmare sire[edit]

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. His other sons with success at stud include Hennessy, Forestry, and Tabasco Cat, as well as his grandson, Harlan's Holiday. Storm Cat is also the great-grandsire of American Pharoah, winner of the 2015 U.S. Triple Crown (Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes).[9]

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


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


Storm Cat was euthanized on April 24, 2013 at his home at Overbrook Farm in Lexington, Kentucky due to the complications of the infirmities of old age. He was 30 years old.


Pedigree of Storm Cat (USA), bay stallion, 1985[1]
Storm Bird (CAN)
Northern Dancer (CAN)
Nearctic Nearco
Lady Angela
Natalma Native Dancer
Al Mahmoud
South Ocean (CAN)
New Providence Bull Page
Fair Colleen
Shining Sun Chop Chop
Solar Display
Terlingua (USA)
Secretariat (USA)
Bold Ruler Nasrullah
Miss Disco
Somethingroyal Princequillo
Crimson Saint (USA)
Crimson Satan Spy Song
Bolero Rose Bolero
First Rose (Family 8-c)


  1. ^ a b "Storm Cat pedigree". 
  2. ^ Northern Dancer - The Legend and His Legacy, Muriel Lennox
  3. ^ "Top sire Storm Cat euthanized at age 30". 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2013-04-25. 
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  5. ^ "Fappiano's son defeats Storm Cat". Ocala Star-Banner. November 3, 1985. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
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  8. ^ "Storm Cat pensioned at 25". ESPN. 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  9. ^ "Pedigree Online Thoroughbred Lineage: American Pharoah Horse Pedigree". Retrieved May 22, 2015. 

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