Broodmarathon - Broodmares IFT Storm Cat

The breeding stock sales in late 2008 and early 2009 are the end of an era for one of North America's top sires.  This marks the final sales season when Storm Cat (SRO) will be represented as a covering sire.

Following a breeding season in which he displayed declining fertility, Overbrook Farm announced that Storm Cat would be pensioned after completing his book of mares for 2008.  Two of those final crop will be sold at the Keeneland November sale as carried foals.  Not surprisingly based on Storm Cat's high regard, both will sell in Book 1.

Hip #158 (catalog page, pedigree), a 4-year-old filly named RICHWOMAN, sells Mon., Nov. 3, 2008  at the Keeneland November mixed sale
  • Thoroughbred female family:  3-d
  • Race record:  three wins and six times in the money from seven starts for earnings of $169,920.  Multiple stakes winner, including the Debutante Stakes (gr. III)
  • Produce record: broodmare prospect
  • The carried foal will be bred on the same Storm Cat/Valid Appeal cross as grade II winners Magicalmysterycat and Burmilla, and rates a solid A score from TrueNicks.  The foal will have no inbreeding through the fifth generation.

Hip #240 (catalog page, pedigree), a 6-year-old mare named WESTERN PRINCESS, sells Mon., Nov. 3, 2008  at the Keeneland November mixed sale
  • Thoroughbred female family:  16-c
  • Race record:  one win and three additional show efforts for earnings of $52,611, including third in the 2004 Fashion Stakes.
  • Produce record: dam of one foal, a Giant's Causeway (SRO) yearling colt that was RNA for $475,000 at the Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga yearling sale in August.
  • Second dam is Princess Alydar, whose stakes-winning progeny by Storm Cat include November Snow (multiple grade I wins) and Scatmandu (grade III winner).

What do you think?  Will there be a bidding war to snatch up the last of the Storm Cats? 

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