Where have all the Storm Cats gone? Just a few years ago, you couldn’t shake a stick, let alone go to a horse sale, without bumping into a horse by Storm Cat or one of his sons.
Today, that is much changed.
Most importantly, the Storm Cat stock has aged out of the population, and a good number of his sons are no longer with us either. As a result, the pedigrees of sales horses now look quite a bit different. In addition to the omnipresent A.P. Indy, there are lines of Danzig and other influences related to Storm Cat but not stemming from him.
And Harlan’s Holiday and his sons, especially his heir apparent Into Mischief, are so removed from Storm Cat in type and character that it’s almost surprising to recall that Harlan’s Holiday is a grandson of the great old stallion.
A quick reference through the OBS April catalog shows that a handful of Storm Cat sons are still with us, and the most recognizable is Giant’s Causeway, Storm Cat’s best stallion son who is represented by five 2-year-olds at the sale. The sire of multiple Grade 1 and Group 1 winners, as well as some noteworthy classic prospects this year, Giant’s Causeway is a headline sire.
In addition, Tale of the Cat, a fellow stallion with Giant’s Causeway at Ashford Stud in Kentucky, is prominent among the sires of 2-year-olds in training at Ocala, and Florida-based With Distinction continues his consistent work of siring big, athletic stock that show ability and make good sales horses.
Wildcat Heir has come up with another sterling set of quick juveniles for the OBS April sale that will continue his prominence as a late and much-lamented member of the elite sires who’ve stood in Florida. Another grandson of Storm Cat is Preakness Stakes winner Shackleford, whose first crop are 2.
One of the most interesting descendants of Storm Cat is the young sire Kantharos (by Lion Heart). He is a greatgrandson of Storm Cat who was a lightning-fast 2-yearold himself; his racing career was unfortunately brief but sufficient to net a victory in the G2 Saratoga Special.
Although not a winner at the premium G1 level like Storm Cat, Kantharos has the strength, scope, bone, and natural athleticism of his male line. Now from three crops of racing age, Kantharos has gotten the G3 stakes winners Mr. Jordan and X Y Jet, as well as listed stakes winner Katie’s Kiss among his half-dozen stakes winners. With 38 winners from a relatively small sample of his offspring to date, Kantharos has total progeny earnings of nearly $3 million so far, and it is going to keep on rising.
Kantharos is out of the multiple stakes producer Contessa Halo, a top producer by the important sire and broodmare sire Southern Halo, whose best-known son in the United States is More Than Ready, who has been a top-end sire both in Kentucky and in Australia.
Bred with plenty of speed and class evident in both the top and bottom of his pedigree, Kantharos has been a welcome revelation for Florida breeding and for Storm Cat’s continuing influence.