We think they will live forever, the true legends of thoroughbred racing. We take for granted that we will wake up the next morning and horses like Storm Cat will be there enjoying the luxury of their retirement, just as they were the day before. Yet, today, wasn't like yesterday. Today, one of the great sires of our time, our beloved Storm Cat, had to to be humanely euthanized, due to the ailments associated with the aging of a 30 year old thoroughbred. I cried, as did so many others, for without him we wouldn't have such champions as Tale of the Cat, Tabasco Cat, Sardula, Giants Causeway and some 160 plus stakes winners.
Though he only raced 8 times, it was his genes that made him the great sire he was. Grand sires Secretariat and Northern Dancer coursed through his veins, to those he left behind. At one point, Storm Cat commanded $500,000 in stud fee's and he was booked full, making him North America's top sire in 1999 and 2000. 91 Storm Cat yearlings sold for over $1,000,000.
Storm Cat was buried today at Overbrook Farm, where he has lived since he was pensioned from stud duty in 2008.
Though he now lives only in our memories, his gifts to us, in the forms of his offspring, will continue to grace our tracks and our lives, for years to come.
Rest in Peace, Storm Cat.....
~Written by Jody Lawrence