10/09/2003 12:00AM

Summer Colony, Grade 1 winner, retired


ELMONT, N.Y. - Summer Colony, the Grade 1-winning mare who handed Azeri her only loss in 2002, has been retired. She was shipped to owner Edward Evans's Spring Hill Farm in Casanova, Va., on Thursday and will be bred to Gone West next year.

Summer Colony, a 5-year-old daughter of Summer Squall, retires with a record of 10 wins, 5 seconds, and 1 third from 24 career starts. She earned $1,448,930.

From August 2001 through August 2002, Summer Colony was among the most consistent mares in training, winning 9 of 11 starts and finishing second twice. Among her wins were a 32 3/4-length maiden win at Saratoga, and stakes wins in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign; Grade 2 La Canada, where she beat Azeri; Grade 3 Pimlico Breeders' Cup Distaff; and Grade 3 Delaware Handicap.

Summer Colony tailed off last fall, and was beaten 21 lengths by Azeri in a last-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Arlington Park. She never regained her top form this year, winning just one of five starts, the Grade 2 Molly Pitcher Handicap. In her last start, Summer Colony finished fifth behind Sightseek in the Grade 1 Beldame at Belmont.

"I think she's done enough," trainer Mark Hennig said. "We were fortunate she's retired sound. She had a great career, though she had a disappointing 5-year-old season. We're looking forward to an awful nice group of producers."

Summer Colony joins a broodmare band that includes millionaires Gold Mover and Raging Fever, who also were retired this year.

Hennig may have replacements

It will be difficult to find replacements for the aforementioned trio, but that won't stop Hennig from trying. He could get a glimpse of the future Sunday when he enters both Forty Moves and Freeroll in the Grade 2, $150,000 Astarita Stakes for juvenile fillies at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Forty Moves, an Evans homebred daughter of Gold Fever, is coming off a seven-length maiden win at Belmont on Sept. 18. She has run five times with only one bad effort, that coming in a seven-furlong maiden race at Saratoga, where she finished 10th as the 5-2 favorite.

"We were trying to get her to settle in that race," Hennig said. "She had the inside post and was in behind horses and had to wait and wait and wait; I think we took the run out of her. The last time out, we just let her run away from there, which seems to be the way she likes to run."

Freeroll, a daughter of Touch Gold, came from just off the pace to win her maiden by a half-length on Sept. 21. Prior to that, she finished second in a $75,000 maiden claiming event at Saratoga. Alan Brodsky owns Freeroll.

Hennig will name Pablo Fragoso on Forty Moves and Javier Castellano on Freeroll.

Hennig mentioned that Notorious Rogue, who finished fifth in the Champagne, would be sent to Payson Park and freshened for his 3-year-old season. Hennig said Eye Dazzler, who finished sixth in the Frizette, could run in the Tempted on Nov. 4 before getting her vacation.

Roaring Fever finally gets it

Roaring Fever, a full brother to graded-stakes winners Raging Fever and Stormin Fever, also gives Hennig something to look forward to this fall and next year. After disappointing early in his career, Roaring Fever has won two straight allowance races and may be headed to stakes company for his next start.

Roaring Fever won a six-furlong entry-level allowance race on closing day at Saratoga before coming back to win a second-level allowance at Belmont last Saturday. Hennig said he would nominate Roaring Fever to the $100,000 Sport Page Handicap at Belmont on Oct. 25, the $100,000 Discovery Handicap at Aqueduct on Oct. 29, and the $45,000 Paterson Stakes at The Meadowlands on Oct. 31.

Hennig said that in his youth, Roaring Fever was too laid-back for his own good. After some time off at the farm this spring, Roaring Fever returned a different horse.

"He was the opposite of Raging Fever," Hennig said. "She was a pretty wild 2-year-old and settled down. He was way too laid-back as a 2-year-old - now he's tearing the barn down. It's kind of fun to watch a horse turn around like that."

Lovethatlegend gets acid test

Lovethatlegend was the boss of Prairie Meadows this year, winning 3 of 4 starts including the Iowa Sorority.

She has since been purchased privately by Peter Karches and turned over to trainer

Lisa Lewis. Sunday, Lovethatlegend will try graded-stakes company for the first time when she runs in the $150,000 Astarita.

Lovethatlegend, a daughter of Gold Legend, has impressed Lewis, who a decade ago trained the very fast 2-year-old American Royale.

"We've worked her three times, and I really like the filly," Lewis said. "She's done everything like you want a nice filly to do it."

Though she defeated colts in allowance company at Prairie Meadows, Sunday's race represents Lovethatlegend's toughest race to date.

"From Prairie Meadows to a graded stakes in New York is a big jump," Lewis said, "but we're going to give it a shot. We bought her thinking she's a nice horse."

Lewis said Richard Migliore would ride.

Newfoundland upsets 1-5 Qais

Qais, a promising 3-year-old for Godolphin Racing, suffered his first career defeat Thursday, finishing third behind Newfoundland as the 1-5 favorite in the $65,800 Coronado's Quest Stakes.

Qais stumbled at the start but still seemed in good position down the backside and at the top of the stretch. But when the real running started, "he just didn't respond the way he did the last time," trainer Tom Albertrani said. Last time, Qais won an allowance race by nine lengths and earned a 113 Beyer Speed Figure.

Meanwhile, Newfoundland won his third straight race for trainer Todd Pletcher and the Sumaya Us Stable of Oussama Abou-Ghazale. Newfoundland raced up close and outkicked Qais down the stretch to win by 1 1/4 lengths. Conservation also rallied by Qais to get second. Newfoundland ($8.20) covered the mile in 1:36.56.

Eugene Melnyk named to NYRA board

Eugene Melnyk, a prominent Thoroughbred owner and the chairman and CEO of the pharmaceutical company Biovail, has been elected to the board of trustees of the New York Racing Association, it was announced Thursday.

Melnyk, who earlier this year purchased the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League, owns active stakes winners Harmony Lodge, Strong Hope, and Fisher Pond.