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Creek Rising -- Thoroughbred Sire Storm Creek Hits in Pedigree Nicks

Catching up with stakes pedigrees following the Keeneland Thoroughbred sales panic, I happened to notice the Nov. 1 weekend featured a pair of graded stakes-winning juveniles out of Storm Creek mares. The pair are the Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) captor Capt. Candyman Can -- who is bred on a Thoroughbred pedigree nick that rates A++ by TrueNicks -- and Break Water Edison, who was successful in the Nashua Stakes (gr. III).

This prompted a closer look at Storm Creek's record as a broodmare sire. What was revealed was rather interesting. The first stakes winner out of a Storm Creek mare, Indy Wildcat (by A.P. Indy (TrueNicks,SRO)), was born in 2003, when Storm Creek's oldest daughters were only 5. He now has 75 starters as a broodmare sire, and nine stakes horses. Of the five stakes winners out of Storm Creek mares, three are juveniles of 2008. There should be some quite well-bred runners out there from his time at Taylor made, and breeders on the West Coast, where he now stands, should keep a look out for his daughters.

Reverting for a moment to the two juvenile stakes winners by him that we mentioned at the start of this note, we see that they are both inbred to Storm Creek's broodmare sire, Mr. Prospector (as are seven of the nine stakes horses out of his mares). Capt. Candyman Can's sire, freshman Candy Ride (ARG), also has graded stakes winner Evita Argentina out of a mare by Forest Wildcat (by Storm Cat, damsire closely related Mr. Prospector), so this is a coming cross.

Meanwhile, Break Water Edison was the twentieth individual stakes winner of the year for his sire, Lemon Drop Kid (TrueNicks,SRO) , and the third Lemon Drop Kid stakes winner out of a Storm Cat-line mare.

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