Summing, who in winning the 1981 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) quashed Pleasant Colony's bid to win the Triple Crown, has been pensioned at Dinesh Maniar's Getaway Farms near Romoland, Calif., due to declining fertility. The 25-year-old stallion was bred to just three mares this year, all of which are owned by Maniar. Summing will remain at the farm.
Charles T. Wilson Jr. bred Summing (Verbatim--Sumatra, by Groton) in Kentucky. The horse was raised at Jonabell Farm near Lexington, where he eventually entered stud in 1982. Summing notched all four of his stakes victories in 1981 in the Hill Prince (gr. III), Pennsylvania Derby (gr. III), the Belmont, and in the Pegasus Handicap. In total he won seven of his 23 starts and earned $615,096.
John A. Bell, former owner of Jonabell, bred Summing's first stakes winner, grade I winner Sumptious, and raced the stallion's best-known runner, 2-year-old champion Epitome. Summing stood at Jonabell until the fall of 1991, when he traveled to what was then McCollum's Thoroughbred Farm for the 1992 season. In 1996, Maniar purchased McCollum's farm, and Summing, and renamed the farm Getaway Farms. In 2003 Summing's stud fee was $2,500.
Summing has 17 stakes winners from 20 crops of foals. Among them are Brazilian Beat, Mexico's champion 2-year-old of 1986. Summing is also the broodmare sire of 26 stakes winners, including Gondolieri (Chilean champion 2-year-old of 2002), Faltaat, Essence of Dubai (Pulpit--Epitome), Maybe Jack, and Precise End.
Six daughters of Summing are members of the broodmare band at Getaway Farms.