Stallion Feature: Stormy Atlantic Precocious and Consistent at Stud
Stallion Feature; Stormy Atlantic Precocious and Consistent at Stud: Some stallions retire with championships in the books, while others retire after getting a late start, after being plagued with health problems. With a stellar pedigree, one stallion made an impact in a big way when he entered stud at Bridlewood in Florida in 1999. Stormy Atlantic entered stud after finally make his presence known at the age of four when he won 6 of his 13 starts, which included two stakes races. The son of Storm Cat, which flashed some brilliance, he was not the most accomplished son of Storm Cat, but he has gone on to become a very accomplished stallion, standing in Kentucky, on the grounds of his purchase by Hill n’ Dale in 2003.
Stormy Atlantic didn’t flash much brilliance on the racetrack, but in his two stakes wins, Stormy Atlantic was a pure sprinter. Winning the Demetrius Stakes at 6F and the Havre De Grace Stakes at 5.5F, both starts on dirt. In his other wins, which came in a maiden win and three allowance wins, he won all of his other starts at 6F.
By his pedigree, Stormy Atlantic should have been able to handle longer distances. The physical issues could have possibly hindered his chances. Out of the Seattle Slew mare, Hail Atlantis, Stormy Atlantic had a pedigree to be a successful stallion as well. Retiring after his four-year-old year, Stormy Atlantic was well received. A filly from his first crop set a new sales record when selling for $1.9 million in the 2002 Barretts March sale to Ahmad bin Salman. Eventually named Atlantic Ocean, the filly went on to win the Grade 3 Miesque Stakes at 2 and the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel Stakes at 3.
The fast start encouraged Kentucky breeding farm Hill n’ Dale to purchase the stallion. In 2003, Stormy Atlantic entered stud at the Lexington farm and still resided there today. Stormy Atlantic’s stud fee has fluctuated over the years, reaching as high as $45,000 in 2008. For 2015, the Storm Cat stud will stand for a fee of $25,000, down for his $30,000 fee of 2014.
While Stormy Atlantic raced exclusively on dirt, Stormy Atlantic has a valuable reputation as being a turf sire. In 2012, Stormy Atlantic was accountable for nine turf stakes winners, which was best in the Midwest of any stallion. Stormy Atlantic ranced second in earnings to the late Dynaformer and second in number of turf stakes winners to the 2013 #1 sire, Kitten’s Joy.
In 2014, Stormy Atlantic had multiple juveniles that reached stakes level, including Conquest Typhoon (G2 Summer Stakes), Conquest Tsunami (Colin S.), Unhindered (My Dear S.), and Cyclogenisis (Laurel Futurity). However, for commercial value, Stormy Atlantic juveniles tend to fizzle out, as they grow older. However, there are a few exceptions. Up With the Birds is a four-year-old, winner of the 2013 G1 Jamaica Handicap at Belmont. Up With the Birds was also honored with Canada’s Horse of the Year and Three-Year-Old Champion in 2013. Stormy Atlantic also sired seven-time graded stakes winner, Get Stormy, who, throughout his career, defeated horses such as Wise Dan, Court Vision, and Hymn Book.
In 2014, Conquest Typhoon is Stormy Atlantic’s chief earned, with a bankroll of $354,065 in his short career. In 2014, Conquest Typhoon has helped Stormy Atlantic reach #23 on the General Sires list. With 217 runners this season, the stallion has 107 winners, 11 stakes winners, 5 graded stakes winners, but has yet to achieve a grade one win this season. However, in 2014, Stormy Atlantic was the #1 sire of juveniles by overall stakes wins. All together, the stallion has 13 crops of racing age (14 crops as of January 1, 2015), 4 champions, 35 graded stakes winners, and over 90 stakes winners to his credit.
Arguably one of the better value stallions, Stormy Atlantic likely has many more healthy years ahead of him, and has exceeded most expectations. While he hasn’t achieved the status his star sire did, Stormy Atlantic is a sire of precocious juveniles, sturdy runners, and smart offspring.
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