03/25/2016 9:54AM

Catching up with Grade 1 winner Dream of Summer

Barbara D. Livingston
Dream of Summer is the dam of four winners from five starters.

Santa Anita will feature the Dream of Summer Stakes on Sunday, a race honoring a California-bred mare who rose from humble beginnings to become a Grade 1-winning millionaire and, more recently, a productive broodmare.

Dream of Summer had already achieved elite status as the dam of a Grade 1 winner in Creative Cause, who finished third in the 2012 Preakness Stakes. His full brother Destin is currently pointing to the Kentucky Derby after a pair of graded stakes victories.

The story began when owner and breeder Jim Weigel purchased the unraced Skywalker mare Mary’s Dream for just $7,000 out of the 1996 Barretts January mixed sale and sent her to California stallion Siberian Summer. The resulting foal was Dream of Summer, who won 10 of 20 starts over three seasons of racing, missing the board only three times, for earnings of $1,191,150.

Her biggest victory came in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Invitational in 2005 at Oaklawn Park. She also won the Grade 2 A Gleam Invitational in 2004 at Hollywood Park, the Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap in 2005 at Del Mar, and the Grade 3 Gardenia Stakes in 2005 at Ellis Park, plus two editions of the California Cup Matron. She placed in six more stakes, including consecutive runner-up efforts in the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Invitational.

Retired in 2006, Dream of Summer is now boarded at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Ky., for Weigel. She is the dam of four winners from five starters, led by Creative Cause – whom Weigel sold, via the Taylor Made consignment, for $135,000 at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale. Racing for Heinz Steinmann, the Giant’s Causeway colt won the Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes as a juvenile. The following spring, he took the Grade 2 San Felipe, finished second in the Santa Anita Derby, and was third in the Preakness. In all, he finished on the board in 9 of 10 starts for earnings of $1,039,000.

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Destin, co-bred by Weigel and Taylor Made, sold for $400,000 to Twin Creeks Racing out of the 2014 Keeneland September sale. He has won 3 of 5 starts, with two of those wins coming at Tampa Bay Downs this spring. After taking the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes, he added the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby to boost his Kentucky Derby credentials.

A few more full siblings to these colts will be hitting the track in the coming years. Dream of Summer is the dam of a 2-year-old filly by Giant’s Causeway and a yearling colt by Taylor Made stallion Graydar. She is in foal to Giant’s Causeway again for this year.