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Young Grade 1-winning sire Stormello dead

YOUNG Vinery stallion Stormello has beenput down following complications arising from colic at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Kentucky. The seven-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic was standing this season at Vinery in Kentucky for $3,500.

One of the toughest american two-year-olds of 2006, Stormello enjoyed his finest hour when taking the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity for trainer William Currin, who bred him in partnership with Alvin Eisman. Prior to that, he had won the Grade 2 Norfolk Breeders' Cup Stakes and run third inthe Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity.

Although he failed to win as a three-year-old, he showed up well on the Triple Crown trail, notably when second in the Grade 2 Fountain Of Youth Stakes. He retired to Vinery as the winner of three of 11 starts and $700,100 in prize-money.

Stormello, who was out of the placed Carson City mare Wilshewed, stood his first season for $15,000. He is represented by 36 first-crop juveniles, one of whom has started.





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