California Stallion Siberian Summer Dies

Son of Siberian Express sired 13 stakes winners and the earners of $11.7 million.

California stallion Siberian Summer was euthanized July 30 because of intestinal complications following surgery. The 22-year-old son of Siberian Express stood at Ellen Jackson’s Victory Rose Thoroughbreds near Vacaville, Calif.

Siberian Summer, who had stood at several other farms before being relocated to Victory Rose for the 2007 breeding season, has sired 13 stakes winners and the earners of more than $11.7 million. His richest runner, millionaire Dream of Summer, won the Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I). Siberian Summer’s other runners include grade II winner Summer Wind Dancer.

As a broodmare sire, Siberian Summer is represented by this year’s California grade II stakes-winning 2-year-old Creative Cause.

Siberian Summer, who raced as a homebred for Mahmoud Fustok, finished first or second in 14 of 32 races and earned $501,615. He scored the biggest win of his career in the 1993 Charles H. Strub Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita while defeating subsequent champion older male Bertrando. The previous year Siberian Summer had run second in three stakes including the Bay Meadows Derby (gr. III) and the Volante Handicap (gr. IIIT).

Siberian Summer, out of the winning Icecapade mare Mia Karina, is a half brother to English group III winner Magnificent Style, dam of seven stakes winners including English champion Playful Act.