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Charismatic - Kentucky Derby 1999

Summer Squall's son, Charismatic (right), takes the 1999 Kentucky Derby

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Summer Squall put down in Kentucky at age of 22

SUMMER SQUALL, the US Classic winner and successful stallion, was put down at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky on Tuesday at the age of 22.

The son of Storm Bird, who stood his entire stud career alongside his half-brother A P Indy, was reported to have been suffering from the effects of old age.

"He was an important part of one of Lane's End's great families," said Farish in a statement.

Bred by Farish and W S Kilroy, Summer Squall was purchased for $300,000 at the Keeneland July Sale by Cot Campbell's Dogwood Stables. Sent to trainer Neil Howard, he wasted little time in demonstrating his talent by winning each of his five starts as a two-year-old including the Hopeful Stakes and Saratoga Special.

The following year, Summer Squall became famous through his rivalry with Unbridled, who beat him in the Kentucky Derby. However, Dogwood's colt took his revenge on that colt next time out when defeating him in the Preakness Stakes.

Summer Squall returned as a four-year-old to take the Grade 2 Fayette Handicap and run second in the Grade 1 Pimlico Special. He retired to Lane's End Farm in 1992 as the winner of 13 of 20 starts and over $1.8m in prize-money, and stood his first season at $50,000.

Although never represented by large crops due to well-documented fertility issues, Summer Squall developed into a high-class sire.

He is best known as the sire of 1999 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes hero Charismatic, who stood alongside his sire at Lane's End for three seasons before transferring to Japan.

Other top-flight progeny include 1996 US champion juvenile filly Storm Song, and Grade 1 winners Summer Colony and Summerly, who won the Kentucky Oaks in 2005.

He has also made a lasting impression through his daughters as the broodmare sire of this season's Belmont and Travers Stakes winner Summer Bird, US champion juvenile Stevie Wonderboy and Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes winner Street Hero.

All told, he has sired 35 stakes winners to date. He was retired from stud duties in 2004 due to declining fertility.

Out of the Grade 3 winner Weekend Surprise, Summer Squall was a half-brother to the useful stallion Honor Grades as well as US Classic winner and champion sire A P Indy.








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