08/25/2015 8:57PM

Bahamian Squall retired to Double Diamond Farm in Florida


Grade 2 winner Bahamian Squall has been retired from racing and will debut at stud for the 2016 breeding season at Double Diamond Farm in Ocala, Fla.

The 6-year-old son of Gone West retires with five wins in 25 career starts for earnings of $582,920, led by wins in the Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap and the listed Sunshine State Stakes. He also placed in the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap, the Grade 3 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship Stakes, and seven additional non-graded stakes.

Bahamian Squall raced as a Florida homebred for Donald Dizney, owner of Double Diamond Farm, and he was trained by Mark Casse.

“Bahamian Squall proved his class on the racetrack, beating the leading sprinters of his generation,” said Roger Brand, general manager of Double Diamond Farm. “One of his most impressive traits is that he is able to sustain his speed. He is a horse of exceptional talent from a noteworthy family and we look forward to introducing him to Florida’s breeders.”

Bahamian Squall is out of the unraced Storm Bird mare Midway Squal, a producer of 13 winners from 14 runners. He is a half sibling to Grade 3 winner Apriority, stakes winner Squall City, stakes-placed Acadia Breeze and British Attitude, and stallions Ameriheart, Itchetucknee, and Storm’n Eddy. 

His extended family includes Grade 2 winner Doonesbear and Grade 1-placed Big Tiz.

Bahamian Squall will participate in a program similar to fellow Double Diamond Farm resident First Dude’s “Gold Cup Pass” program, with 20 breeding rights being made available to potential investors.