Saturday, October 27, 2012

Newcomers Series: Get Stormy

Note: This is the second installment of a new All Equine All The Time series looking at the pedigrees of new horses entering stud for 2013.
One of the most durable horses hitting the market in 2013 is the Stormy Atlantic son Get Stormy. Get Stormy's retirement was announced in mid-September with the announcement that he was going to Crestwood made on Oct. 26. He will be standing for $5,000 during his first year.
Get Stormy (Melissa Bauer-Herzog)

Get Stormy raced 31 times over five seasons with 11 wins and nine other on-the-board finishes for $1,606,812. The fan favorite won three Grade 1 races and four other graded stakes during his career.

The 2006 horse brings Storm Cat into his pedigree with sire Stormy Atlantic. Stormy Atlantic also brings Seattle Slew to his son’s pedigree through his Grade 1-winning dam Hail Atlantis.

Stormy Atlantic was ranked No. 14 on the Thoroughbred Times sire list at the time of Thoroughbred Time's closing in September.  The 1994 stallion put in nearly half as many starts as his son, racing 15 times for six wins. He won six of those starts but only won two stakes races, with none of those graded.  

Stormy Atlantic wasn’t his dam’s only successful foal with siblings grabbing attention both on the track and in the shed. He is a half-brother to stakes winner Mr. Katowice and producer Divine Dixie. Divine Dixie is the dam of Grade 1 winner Bandini and Discourse. Also among his siblings are the dams of Atlantdo (IRE) and Arbatach.

Get Stormy’s female side however, is a bit suspect with not much black-type to be found on his page.

Get Stormy's dam Foolish Gal didn't do much on the track with no on-the-board finishes in four starts. The mare currently only has two horses to race from four of racing age. However, both have made quite a few starts.

Foolish Gal (Kiri's Clown) is the dam of Get Stormy (31 starts) and Foolish Tiger (19 starts). Her 3-year-old, a filly by Honour and Glory, has not yet debuted. The mare did not have a 2010 foal but has a yearling full brother to Get Stormy named It's Stormy. Her 2012 foal is a filly named Foolish Cause by Giant's Causeway.

Like her daughter, Foolish Girl's dam Galaxy North (Far North), never made it to the track. But her record did not stand with her foals as 15 of her foals made it on to the Equibase database. In a somewhat rare occurrence, all of them made it to the races with quite a few starts between them. Galaxy North did not throw any stakes winners but her foals made a combined 320 starts with all but two breaking their maidens and most winning more than one race.

Get Stormy's third dam only made two starts but her contribution to Get Stormy may be the most important of his first three dams when it comes to commercial appeal. Hayley Nicole (Apalachee) puts the first black type on the stallion's page through her daughter Hayle’s Surprise.

Hayley Nicole is the dam of stakes placed producer Hayle's Surprise, the dam of Lady Mojo. Lady Mojo made 66 starts, winning seven of those and finishing on-the-board 28 more times. Her most notable one-race success on the track came in her second start when she finished second in the 1992 Lady Sponsors’ Breeders’ Cup Stakes at Ak-sar-ben. She retired with $90,597 in earnings after racing for six seasons. Her least amount of starts in a year came in 1995 when she only ran seven times.

While Hayley Nicole brings in the first non-subject black type on Get Stormy’s page, her dam brings in the most interesting blacktype.

Amerigo's Fancy (Amerigo), Get Stormy's fourth dam, made 65 starts with 14 wins to her name including three stakes victories. Like many in her line, she raced for five seasons, making double digit starts in all but one of those. During her 2-year-old season, she only made three starts but then went on to race more than 10 times every other season, with her biggest season being 20 starts in 1967.

Amergio's Fancy was also successful in the shed as well after her retirement in 1968. She threw stakes winners in Solar Current and Trillionaire. But her biggest impact on the stakes world was as a producer of producers. Amerigo's Fancy's daughters Amata, Ameridouble, Tipitina, and Trillionaire all carried on their dam's stakes producing legacy. 

Overall, Get Stormy doesn't have the strongest pedigree of the stallions hitting the shed in 2013. However, nearly every generation on his page has one or more horses that have more than 20 starts on their record. The durability of his line mixed with his success on the turf makes him an interesting stallion to watch in coming years.

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