LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - In central Kentucky where thoroughbred breeding and racing are so important, Storm Cat was in class by himself. Late Wednesday morning, W.T. Young’s Overbrook Farm announced that Storm Cat was euthanized at the age of 30 due to what they described in a release as “complications from infirmities of old age”.
Out of the stakes winning mare Terlingua, Storm Cat was bred and raced by William T. Young. During his racing career he captured the Young America Stakes (gr. I) and finished 2nd in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Stakes (gr. I) in 1985, on the way to $570,610 in career earnings.
Storm Cat retired from racing in 1987 to stand stud at Overbrook Farm. Breeding his first book of mares in 1988 at a stud fee of $30,000, he was pensioned in 2008 after a 20-year stud career that saw his fee rise to as high as $500,000.
He sired earners of over $127 million, 8 champions and 108 graded stakes winners including winners of the Preakness S., Belmont S., Kentucky Oaks and five Breeders’ Cup races, ranking second on the all-time Breeders’ Cup sire list, along with numerous European Group 1 races. He topped the general sire list twice, the juvenile sire list a record seven times and was leading broodmare sire in 2012.
462 of his yearlings sold at public auction for over $319 million including 91 yearlings which brought $1 million or more. By comparison, his grandsire, Northern Dancer ranked second with 52 yearlings which brought $ 1 million or more.
Storm Cat retired from active stud duties in 2008 and led a quiet life at Overbrook Farm. His schedule included daily care from Eduardo Terrazas, his original stallion manager and regular visits from his life-long veterinarian, Dr. Robert Copelan.
“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.
Rick 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.”
Storm Cat was buried at Overbrook Farm.