Wednesday, August 19, 2020
When Summer Sunday was announced as the Sovereign Award winner for 2019's Champion Female Sprinter this past May, there were rousing cheers from the east to the west.
The Ontario-bred, a graduate of the 2016 Canadian Premier Yearling sale, had completed another outstanding season at Woodbine racetrack for owners William and Anne Scott of Calgary and provided breeder Brian McClay of Trinity West Stable in Vancouver his first Sovereign as breeder.
Sold by Gail Wood's Woodlands for $95,000, Summer Sunday is yet another outstanding advertisement for the Ontario sale as the daughter of Silent Name (Jpn) – Dancing Allstar now has earnings of well over $600,000.
The Scotts were enamoured with Summer Sunday's pedigree when they first saw her at the 2016 yearling sale and very familiar with the attractive bay's dam.
Dancing Allstar was Canada's Champion 2-year-old filly in 2007 racing both in Ontario and British Columbia for Bob Cheema. Acquired by Trinity West and Bob Malette in 2010, Dancing Allstar was an immediate success in the breeding shed, producing Trini Brewnette (Milwaukee Brew), also a CTHS Ontario sales graduate who won the 2015 South Ocean Stakes. She would later go on to win two more stakes and over $300,000.
Trinity West became sole owner of Dancing Allstar when she foaled Summer Sunday in 2015 and like her dam, was quick off the mark in her racing career for the Scotts.
Less than a year after scooping her from the sale, Summer Sunday, trained by Stuart Simon, won her career debut by five emphatic lengths. Three weeks later she took the Nandi Stakes and then wrapped up her juvenile season with a win in the $200,000 Muskoka Stakes on Canadian Millions night offering stakes races for sales graduates.
As a 3-year-old, Summer Sunday returned to Woodbine to win the Fury Stakes, but it was 2019 when the filly rose to the top of her division.
She roared to victory in the Ballade Stakes in May in near track record time – six furlongs in a rapid 1:08.57. Stepping into graded company in the Hendrie Stakes (G3), the filly, under regular rider Rafael Hernandez, won again as favourite.
On July 21 making her grass debut, Summer Sunday defeated US invaders Oleksandra, the race favourite, and Ruby Notion in the Royal North Stakes (G2) with a powerful stretch run after flaunting her natural early speed.
She completed her championship season with a second in the Grade 3 Seaway Stakes and fourth in the Grade 3 Ontario Fashion for season earnings of just over $300,000.
The Scotts, faithful buyers at the Canadian Premier Yearling sale, call their mare 'amazing' and trainer Simon says she has been a dream horse for him and his team.
This year Summer Sunday finished third in the Grade 3 Whimsical Stakes in June and is currently preparing for a fall campaign.
Summer Sunday's exploits have been a thrill for McClay. Dancing Allstar was inducted into the B.C. Horse Racing Hall of Fame in December and the mare has produced fillies by Bernardini and Ghostzapper in 2019 and this spring. She was bred back to Silent Name this year.
“Dancing Allstar has become a spectacular broodmare,” McClay wrote on his Facebook page. “The ownership of this horse has given us immeasurable joy and we are certain the best is yet to come.”