September 22, 2009

Preakness winner Summer Squall put down

Summer Squall, winner of the 1990 Preakness Stakes and sire of 1999 Horse of the Year Charismatic, was euthanized Tuesday, his former owners said.

The 22-year-old thoroughbred was put down at Lane's Farm near Versailles, Ky., because of complications of old age and foundering, Dogwood Stable of Aiken, S.C., said in a release.

Besides Charismatic, Summer Squall also sired 1996 2-year-old filly champion Storm Song.

Summer Squall was a vital part of Dogwood's success, and we had the deepest conceivable affection for him, and all he did for us, Dogwood Stable said. We bought many other sons and daughters, and they all had the grit and quality of the sire.

Summer Squall, bought as a yearling by Dogwood for $300,000, was undefeated as a 2-year-old. He finished second to Unbridled in the 1990 Kentucky Derby then beat him two weeks later in the Preakness.

Also in 1990 Summer Squall, trained by Neil Howard and ridden by Pat Day, won the Jim Beam, Blue Grass Stakes and Pennsylvania Derby. He finished his racing career with 13 wins in 20 starts, earning $1,844,282.