Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Summer Squall Euthanized

Summer Squall who won the Preakness Stakes and finished second in the Kentucky Derby in 1990, was euthanized on Tuesday, September 22. The stallion, who was 22 years old, had recently foundered.

Summer Squall was trained in Aiken for Dogwood Stable and ran in the Aiken Trials as a 2-year old. He went on to an undefeated 2-year-old season racing in the best company. As a 3-year-old, he won the Preakness, the Jim Beam, the Blue Grass Stakes, and the Pennsylvannia Derby. He retired from racing with 13 wins and a bankroll of $1,844,282.

Summer Squall stood at stud at Lanes End Farm in Versailles, Kentucky. His distinguished offspring include Charismatic, who was named Horse of the Year in 1999, and Storm Song, who, racing under Dogwood colors, won the Breeder's Cup for Juvenile Fillies and took home an Eclipse Award in 1996.

Summer Squall had been retired at Lanes End Farm for several years. In September, The Aiken Horse ran a feature about his life. Go to The Aiken Horse September issue. The article begins on page 56.