07/15/2004 11:00PM

Grey Memo comeback bid quickly ends


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Grey Memo, who won stakes in California and Dubai, has been retired for the second time this year after failing to show enthusiasm for racing during a recent comeback.

In February, Grey Memo was sent to owner Pat Thompson's farm to be retired, but returned to racing for two starts during the current Hollywood Park meeting. In his most recent race, Grey Memo finished last of five in an allowance race over 1 1/16 miles on turf July 5. He was sent back to Thompson's Ridgeley Farm in Hemet, Calif., earlier this month.

A 7-year-old, Grey Memo finished his career with eight wins in 54 starts and earnings of $1,736,683.

Thompson, who co-owns Grey Memo with Ron Manzani and Russell Sarno, said she has held discussions with stallion farms outside of California about standing Grey Memo.

"We don't have a place yet," she said. "We're talking to several outside farms."

Thompson said she is reluctant to stand Grey Memo at her farm in Hemet, because she already stands his stallion, Memo, and Elegant Fellow, another horse by Memo.

"It would be like Memo and sons," she said. "I think he would be very conducive to racing back East."

Trained by Warren Stute, Grey Memo won six stakes in his career, including the $1 million Godolphin Mile in Dubai and the $250,000 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar in 2002.

The San Diego was the final win of his career. In 17 subsequent starts, Grey Memo ran well in several races, including a third in the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic for California-breds and Florida-breds at Gulfstream Park, a second in the Godolphin Mile in Dubai, and a third in the Grade 1 San Carlos Handicap at Santa Anita, all in 2003.

This year, Grey Memo was unplaced in five starts.

Dream of Summer success a surprise

When Dream of Summer won the $150,000 A Gleam Handicap at Hollywood Park on July 10, owner-breeder Jim Weigel was nearly as stunned as he was jubilant.

Making her stakes debut in the Grade 2 A Gleam, Dream of Summer took the lead at the start of the seven-furlong race for fillies and mares and pulled clear to win by 3 1/2 lengths at odds of 9-1.

"She's beginning to scare me," Weigel said. "I don't know how good she is."

Weigel, a retired field engineer from Valencia, Calif., has been a Thoroughbred owner for 35 years. The breeding of Dream of Summer was done on something of a shoestring. The mare, Mary's Dream, who is by Skywalker, was purchased at the 1996 Barretts January mixed sale for $7,000.

"She was an afterthought when I went to the Barretts sale," Weigel said. "I said, 'Look at this one.' We bought the horse."

Mary's Dream was bred to Siberian Summer, who now stands for $5,000 at Creston Farms. The mating produced Dream of Summer. Siberian Summer has stood at several farms in California in his stud career.

"We wanted to go as good as we could and stay within reason," Weigel said of the mating.

Dream of Summer was offered at sale as a young horse, but there were no takers, Weigel said.

"They could have had Dream of Summer for $10,000," he said. "There was a high bid for $7,000. We took her back to the ranch."

Trained by Juan Garcia, Dream of Summer, 5, began her career last summer and won 3 of 5 starts in 2003. She did not start from October to early June of this year, when she returned to win an allowance race by four lengths.

The win in the A Gleam marked Dream of Summer's fifth career win. She has earned $232,500.

"This is easy," Weigel said with a smile in the winner's circle.

Dream of Summer could return in the $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap for fillies and mares over 6 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar on Aug. 21.