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What A Summer Stakes

Ungraded Stakes race
What A Summer Stakes
Location Laurel Park Racecourse, Template:Country data Maryland
Laurel, Maryland, United States
Inaugurated 1978
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.Laurelpark.com
Race information
Distance 6 furlongs
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Fillies & Mares; Four-year-olds & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $90,000

The What A Summer Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually in January at Laurel Park Racecourse in Laurel, Maryland. The What A Summer Stakes, is open to fillies and mares age four-years-old and up willing to race six furlongs on the dirt. It was the 26th running of the stakes race in 2010.

An ungraded stakes race, it offers a purse of $90,000. The race was previously restricted to Maryland-breds between 1978 and 1992. The race was run for fillies and mares from age three and up from 1978 through 1985 and was run under handicap conditions during that same time. The race was restricted to two year-olds from 1985 to 1992.

The race was named in honor of What A Summer, a gray mare by What Luck. She was an Eclipse Award winner and was named American Champion Sprint Horse in 1977. She was bred in Maryland by Milton Polinger. What A Summer was a foal in 1973 and won 18 of 31 starts in her career. Her most memorable race was perhaps her dominating performance in the defacto second leg of the filly Triple Crown, the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. She also won the Fall Highweight Handicap twice (carrying 134 pounds each time), the Silver Spoon Handicap twice, the Maskette Handicap and four other stakes. In addition to her 18 wins she also placed nine times with earnings of $479,161. That record of 27 first or second finishes in 31 starts at 87% is among the best in history.[1]

What A Summer was trained by Bud Delp while racing for Polinger. She was bought by Mrs. Bertram Firestone following Polinger's death in 1976. Mrs. Firestone turned the mare over to trainer Leroy Jolley. She was named Maryland-bred horse of the year in 1977 and twice was named champion older mare. What A Summer was retired in 1878 and as a broodmare she produced several graded stakes winners.

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Records

Speed record:

  • 7 furlongs - 1:23.60 - Sea Siren (1983)

Most wins by an horse:

Most wins by an owner:

  • 3 - Stephen E. Quick (1982, 2007 & 2008)

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 2 - five different jockeys share this record with 2 wins each

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 3 - Christopher W. Grove (2007, 2008 & 2010)

Winners of the What A Summer Stakes since 1978

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Distance

Time

Purse

2010

Sweet Goodbye

5

J.D. Acosta Christopher W. Grove William R. Harris

6 fur.

1:11.02

$70,000

2009

Access Fee

5

Jose Caraballo Larry Murray Sondra Bender

6 fur.

1:10.31

$60,000

2008

Silmaril

7

Jeremy Rose Christopher W. Grove Stephen E. Quick

6 fur.

1:10.20

$90,000

2007

Silmaril

6

Ryan Fogelsonger Christopher W. Grove Stephen E. Quick

6 fur.

1:11.00

$100,000

2006

Flame of Love

6

Jozbin Santana Scott A. Lake McCarty Racing

6 fur.

1:10.36

$60,000

2005

Sensibly Chic

5

Steve Hamilton Timothy Tullock, Jr. Lois S. Nervitt

6 fur.

1:09.80

$50,000

2004

Bronze Abe

5

Erick Rodriguez Grover G. Delp Samuel Bayard

6 fur.

1:10.40

$75,000

2003

Xtra Heat

5

Rick Wilson John Salzman Kenneth Taylor

6 fur.

1:09.20

$60,000

2002

Outstanding Info

4

Jose Caraballo Frank Generazio, Jr. Patricia Generazio

6 fur.

1:10.20

$50,000

2001

Doc Calls Her Kate

4

Roberto Alvarado, Jr. Anthony Correnti Rhodyo Stable, Inc.

6 fur.

1:11.40

$60,000

1993

- 2000 No Races

-

No Races No Races No Races

no races

0:00.00

no races

1992

Carnirainbow

2

Greg Hutton John J. Robb Hal C. B. Clagett

7 fur.

1:26.80

$60,000

1991

Set to Fly

2

Rick Wilson Ben W. Perkins, Jr. Richard L. Golden

7 fur.

1:25.40

$75,000

1990

Gala Goldilocks

2

Greg McCarron Bernie Bond Skip Leviton

7 fur.

1:23.80

$75,000

1989

Valay Maid

2

Jorge Duarte Carlos Garcia Ginny Wright

7 fur.

1:25.80

$75,000

1988

Hard Headed Woman

2

Mario Pino Robert Summers

7 fur.

1:25.00

$75,000

1987

Sham Say

2

Ben Feliciano Eugene Ford Sr.

7 fur.

1:24.60

$65,000

1986

Wainee Church

2

Donnie A. Miller, Jr.

7 fur.

1:26.20

$36,500

1985

Gala de Oro

2

Ben Feliciano

7 fur.

1:24.40

$40,500

1984

Artful Girl

5

Paul Nicol, Jr.

6 fur.

1:11.80

$16,500

1983

Sea Siren

5

Vincent Bracciale, Jr.

7 fur.

1:23.60

$30,000

1982

Kattegat's Pride

3

Donnie A. Miller, Jr. Stephen E. Quick

7 fur.

1:24.20

$30,000

1981

Privacy

3

Carlos Barrera C. Oliver Goldsmith

6 fur.

1:12.00

$30,000

1980

Denim Gal

3

Joe Imparato Chiquita Farm

6 fur.

1:12.00

$30,000

1979

Silver Ice

3

Vincent Bracciale, Jr.

6 fur.

1:11.00

$30,000

1978

Debby's Turn

4

Greg McCarron

6 fur.

1:10.80

$28,100

See also

References

  1. 2007 Maryland Jockey Club Media Guide, page 466 on March 3, 2007.


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