Summer Wind Dancer, a grade II winner who won or placed in 13 stakes from 18 starts, has been retired from racing because of an injury suffered last fall.
Digital radiographs revealed a small fracture of her right front distal radial carpal bone in her knee. Later radiographs showed the fracture to be healing, but not as quickly as expected. Rather than have her miss a good part of the 2005 racing season, owners Richard and Yvette Wira and Linda Vetter decided to retire her and have her bred. Summer Wind Dancer was bred to Unbridled's Song
March 19 and has been pronounced in foal.
Bred in California by the three owners in partnership with Deborah Penny, Summer Wind Dancer won last year's Delaware (gr. II) and Hawthorne (gr. III) Handicaps, plus the 2002 XTRA 690 AM California Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes and Cover Gal Stakes. She also placed in the 2002 Hollywood Starlet Stakes (gr. I) to Elloluv and Composure.
Trained first by Jenine Sahadi, then by Jeff Mullins, Summer Wind Dancer (Siberian Summer--Native Wind Dancer, by Incinderator) retired with five wins and earnings of $898,762. Plans call for her to be consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency to the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.