11/06/2001 12:00AM

Storm Cat season aids Red Cross

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - A season to leading sire Storm Cat, who will stand for $500,000 at Overbrook Farm in 2002, brought a final bid of $450,000 at Keeneland's November breeding stock sale Monday evening.

Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky., purchased the season.

W. T. Young, who owns Storm Cat and Overbrook, offered the season without reserve to benefit the American Red Cross's disaster relief fund. The season was offered on a no-guarantee basis but included a provision that allows the buyer to carry the breeding right over to 2003 in the event that the mare did not get in foal on a 2002 mating.

"We were kind of surprised," Troutt said of the sale price. "We thought it would go right at $500,000. But I think most of these seasons that sell like this at auction do go for a little less than the stud fee."

Troutt said that WinStar hadn't selected a mare to breed on the no-guarantee season, but he said that the resulting foal undoubtedly would race rather than sell in the auction ring.

"We're already breeding four mares to Storm Cat, and we have three or four mares we're looking at that he would be a good fit with," Troutt said.