The ink has scarcely dried on the announcement that Europe’s greatest ever stallion, Sadler’s Wells, has retired, than the news breaks of the retirement of arguably America’s best of the current era.
Overbrook Farm’s Storm Cat (Storm Bird-Terlingua, by Secretariat), North America’s Leading Active Sire by Progeny Earnings and two-time Leading Sire, has been retired from stud duty due to declining fertility, according to Overbrook’s Manager of Stallion Operations, Ric Waldman. “It was a privilege to be able to manage all but two years of his stallion career and to see him grow in popularity, value and success, from a stallion who was not desirable and not popular to the highest-priced stallion in the world,” Ric Waldman told the Thoroughbred Daily News. “A decline was expected because we saw decline last year, and obviously he’s a year older. We didn’t expect the precipitous decline that we saw this season. His in-foal rate last year was 70 percent, but he was erratic throughout the year.” According to Waldman, the 25-year-old has gotten three mares in foal this season.
From 18 crops to race, Storm Cat has sired 12 champions, 32 Grade I/Group 1 stakes winners and the earners of more than $111 million. He stood the 2008 season for $300,000. According to Waldman, Storm Cat will remain at Overbrook Farm.