A product of the Nydrie Farm breeding program and raced by John O’Meara, Finn McCool combines the best in bloodlines, racing ability and sheer class to produce
foals that look good in the barn and the race track! A game competitor that won wire to wire in first start at Arlington, Finn passes on both his precocious racing ability and superb
conformation to his offspring.
His yearlings have sold well at both the Colorado Silver Cup Sale and as two-year-olds in Ocala. They mature early and maintain sensible temperaments that
serve them well in the training barn and on the racetrack and eventually in careers off the track.
Finn’s first runner, McCool Your Heels, has succeeded on the competitive Kentucky/Ohio circuit and since then he has produced runners that have proven their
worth throughout the Midwest, New Mexico, Illinois and Pacific Northwest circuits. Off the track, Finn's offspring have shown their value as well...not only does he have a movie horse to his
credit (Cyclone Larry), Finn has produced foals that have succeeded in barrel racing, roping, ranching, and hunter/jumpers after their racing careers were over.
Finn is the product of the some of the best breeding in the business. His sire, Meadowlake was the winner of the Arlington-Washington Futurity (G1) and
was a leading sire at Darby Dan Farm in Kentucky until his death in 2005. He sired 19 crops, 54 stakes winners and earners of over $46,000,000.
He also sired champion Meadow Star as well as graded stakes horses like Meafara, Meadow Flight and Spring Meadow. Meadowlake’s half brother, Leo
Castelli, was an excellent stallion in his own right, siring 21 stakes horses, 5 champions and earners of over $14,000,000 before his untimely death in
Meadowlake’s other stallion sons include West Virginia’s perennial leading sire of 2 year-olds, Meadow
Monster. Since retiring to stud, Meadow Monster has sired 19 stakes horses and earners of nearly $7,000,000. He was the 2007 Leading Sire in
West Virginia, beating out the likes of Prized (by Kris S.) and Eastover Court (by Seattle Slew). Another Meadowlake son, Luftikus, has already sired 10 stakes horses from only 97 foals and made it to the top 5 of the West Virginia Sire’s List in 2007. Meadowlake sons account for 6 Top 10 sires in
5 different states!
Finn's dam, Joying, is a daughter of the immortal Storm Cat, and was a top sales horse at the 2002 Fasig-Tipton Winter Mixed Sale where she brought a winning bid of $190,000 from Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services,. Joying is now owned by JetSet Thoroughbreds of Kentucky. Stakes placed herself, her female family boasts an amazing 16 generations of stakes producers and she is the half sister to 4 stakes horses.
Joying's sire and Finn's broodmare sire, Storm Cat, needs little introduction. A son of Storm Bird out of the graded stakes-winning Secretariat mare Terlingua, Storm Cat was bred and raced by William T. Young. During his racing career, he captured the Young America Stakes (gr. I) and finished second in the 1985 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) on the way to $570,610 in career earnings.
Storm Cat retired from racing in 1987 to stand at Overbrook Farm. After breeding his first book of mares in 1988 at a fee of $30,000, he spent 20 years at stud during a career that saw his fee rise to as high as $500,000.
According to Overbrook, and 108 graded stakes winners including winners of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), Belmont Stakes (gr. I), Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), and five Breeders' Cup races. He ranked second on the all-time Breeders' Cup sire list and was the sire of numerous European group I winners. He topped the general sire list twice, the juvenile sire list a record seven times, and was leading broodmare sire in 2012.
Of his yearlings, 462 sold at public auction for over $319 million, including 91 yearlings which brought $1 million or more. By comparison, his grandsire Northern Dancer ranked second with 52 yearlings which brought $1 million or more.
Storm Cat retired from active stud duties in 2008 and led a quiet life until his death at Overbrook Farm in 2013.
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