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    US Classic Winning horse Summer squall has died


    Preakness winner Summer Squall dead at 22

    Preakness S. (G1) winner and influential sire SUMMER SQUALL (Storm Bird) was euthanized Tuesday at Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Kentucky, due to the infirmities of old age.

    The 22-year-old stallion, out of Broodmare of the Year Weekend Surprise, was a Lane’s End homebred and stood at the farm his entire career before being retired due to fertility issues in 2004.

    "He was an important part of one of Lane’s End’s great families," Will Farish said.

    Summer Squall was purchased by Cot Campbell’s Dogwood Stable out of the 1987 Keeneland July Sale for $300,000. Trained by Neil Howard, Summer Squall was among the leading members of his generation at both two and three. He was undefeated during his juvenile season of 1989, winning three graded stakes including the Hopeful S. (G1) at Saratoga.

    After finishing second to eventual champion sprinter Housebuster in the Swale S. (G3) in his three-year-old bow, Summer Squall reeled off victories in the Jim Beam S. (G2) and Blue Grass S. (G2). It was in the latter that Summer Squall first met Unbridled, with whom he would enjoy a long rivalry. Summer Squall was made the 2-1 second choice in the Kentucky Derby (G1), but it would be Unbridled who would wear the roses with Summer Squall 3 1/2 lengths adrift in second.

    The order of finish was reversed two weeks later in Baltimore, where Summer Squall handed his rival a 2 1/4-length defeat in the Preakness, the second of jockey Pat Day’s five winning mounts in the second jewel of the Triple Crown. Day, who rode Summer Squall in 17 of the the colt’s 20 starts, was also aboard for a victory in the Pennsylvania Derby (G2) in the fall of 1990, but Summer Squall’s season ended on a low note when he went unplaced for the first time in the Meadowlands Cup (G1).

    At four, Summer Squall’s lone stakes victory occurred in the Fayette H. (G2) at Keeneland. He finished second in the Pimlico Special (G1) and Washington Park H. (G2), but went unplaced in the 1991 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) in his final start. Summer Squall finished ahead of Unbridled in four of their six encounters, and retired with a record of 20-13-4-0, $1,844,282.

    Summer Squall was the sire of 35 black-type winners, including such top runners as champions Charismatic and Storm Song and the Grade 1-winning millionaire Summer Colony.

    Summer Squall was a half-brother to two-time leading sire A.P. Indy (Seattle Slew) who also stands at Lane’s End.

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