02/03/2006 12:00AM

As millionaire females retire, others join list

Dream of Summer may be retired if she fails to run well in her next start.

The retirement of Valentine Dancer and the possible retirement of Dream of Summer this winter will leave a void in the rankings of California-bred females.

Dream of Summer, who may make one more start and then be bred, has proven capable of winning stakes in open company as well as the statebred ranks. Her 2005 victories included the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap, Grade 3 Gardenia Handicap, and California Cup Matron.

Dream of Summer is tentatively being pointed for the $300,000 Santa Margarita Handicap at Santa Anita on March 11, a race that will determine whether she stays in training this year, trainer Juan Garcia said.

Owned and bred by James Weigel, Dream of Summer finished third in the Sunshine Millions Distaff at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28.

"We have to run her one more time," Garcia said. "If she runs well, we may keep running her. She looks good."

Both Dream of Summer and Valentine Dancer have reached millionaire status, a rarity for statebred fillies and mares. Their careers have greatly benefited by the development of the lucrative Sunshine Millions series for California-breds and Florida-breds, which began in 2003.

Valentine Dancer, a two-time winner of the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf, finished eighth when the race was run at Santa Anita last week. She ends her career in sixth place on the all-time list of statebred mares with $1,144,126. Owner-breeders Al and Sandee Kirkwood and trainer Craig Lewis had hoped to topple all-time leader Fran's Valentine ($1,375,465) before Valentine Dancer ended her career.

Dream of Summer has earned $1,131,150. She is seventh on the all-time list, and is one of seven California-breds to win a Grade 1 race last year.

The newest member of the statebred female millionaires' club is Moscow Burning, the winner of this year's Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf. Owned by Don Van Kampen's Bullseye Racing, Moscow Burning has earned $1,177,535, good enough for fourth on the all-time list behind Fran's Valentine, Brown Bess ($1,300,920), and Gourmet Girl ($1,255,373) and ahead of Lazy Slusan ($1,150,410).

The next millionaire is likely to be House of Fortune, the winner of the Sunshine Millions Distaff. House of Fortune, 5, has won 8 of 22 starts and $989,185 for owner Arnold Zetcher. House of Fortune is expected to stay in training throughout 2006.

Trainer Jim Cassidy said earlier this week that Moscow Burning will remain in statebred company for her next start in the $100,000 Pro or Con Handicap at one mile on Feb. 25. In the spring, Cassidy will decide between the $250,000 Santa Barbara Handicap at Santa Anita on April 22 or the $150,000 Fran's Valentine Stakes for statebreds at Hollywood Park on April 30. Moscow Burning won the Fran's Valentine in 2004.

Helmsman moves to Windfall Farms

Helmsman, a four-time stakes winner and champion 2-year-old colt in Ireland in 1994, has been moved from Pegasus Ranch in Petaluma, Calif., to Windfall Farms in Creston, Calif., for the upcoming breeding season.

Helmsman, 14, won 6 of 22 starts and $1,132,142 on the racetrack. He had his best season in 1996, winning the Strub and San Fernando and finishing second in the Californian.

At stud, Helmsman is the sire of Rare Friends, the champion 2-year-old colt in Canada in 2001. By El Gran Senor, Helmsman will stand for $4,000.

Windfall Farms was formerly known as Creston Farms until it was acquired by investment banker Dwain Davis of Paso Robles and his family in late 2005.