|Tale of the Cat in 2014|
By a top sire in Storm Cat and from a strong female family that includes champion Johannesburg (Hennessy) (out of Tale of the Cat’s half-sister) and Pulpit (A.P. Indy), Tale of the Cat has constantly ranked in the top 30 on the General Sires list since graduating from the crop-specific lists (where he was ranked in the top five on the first, second and third crop sires lists).
While never a leading General Sire, Tale of the Cat is more often than not seen in the top 15 with his best ranking on that list being a seventh. The stallion has also done well enough with his 2-year-olds to lead the Two-Year-Old Sires list in 2003 and to rank second on the list in 2013. Tale of the Cat also performed well when shuttling to the southern hemisphere and was the Champion Freshman Sire in New Zealand in 2002/2003.
In 2015, Tale of the Cat is ranked No. 18 on the General Sires list with six stakes winners including Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Stopchargingmaria. But that filly only accounts for $1,430,000 of his $7,260,505 progeny earnings for 2015 with the 21-year-old stallion having 114 winners from 254 runners for an average of $31,875 in earnings this year (as of Dec. 26, 2015).
|Stopchargingmaria after her win|
Tale of the Cat is an attractive stallion for many different breeders with his career average earnings per starter sitting at $77,796, over 2 ½ times his $30,000 stud fee.
For those looking at the commercial market, Tale of the Cat also offers a nice return in the sales pavilion as well. His lifetime sales average is between $80,000 (weanlings) and $143,800 (2-year-olds) with his median also sitting above his stud fee for all three young horse categories, including his weanlings selling for a median of $50,000.
|Tale of the Cat|
Tale of the Cat's stud fee has been as high as $75,000 but he has stood for around $30,000 since 2007 with his 2016 stud fee of $30,000 the same as his 2015 fee.
In 2015 Tale of the Cat covered 88 mares, down from the 118 he covered in 2014 (he covered 69 mares in 2013 and 110 in 2012) but that number is sure to rise again this year with his daughter’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff win in addition to two Grade 2 winners bringing him back into the spotlight late in the year.