Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Weekend Surprise Dead

Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Weekend Surprise Dead
Photo: Anne Eberhardt
Weekend Surprise, the dam of classic winners Summer Squall and A.P. Indy, died after foaling a Belong to Me filly Tuesday.
Weekend Surprise, dam of classic winners Summer Squall and A.P. Indy, died after foaling a Belong to Me filly Tuesday. The foaling was without incident, but that evening Weekend Surprise hemorrhaged and died. The filly has been placed on a nurse mare and is doing fine.

A multiple graded stakes winner on the racetrack, Weekend Surprise produced Summer Squall and A.P. Indy for the partnership of Lane's End Farm owner William S. Farish and W.S. Kilroy. Summer Squall, her first foal, won the 1990 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) after running second in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). He was retired with earnings of $1,844,282 and entered stud at Lane's End near Versailles, Ky. His added-money winners include 1999 Horse of the year Charismatic.

A.P. Indy came along two years after Summer Squall. He was the highest-priced yearling of 1990, selling for $2.9 million at the Keeneland July yearling sale, and earned back $79,815 more than his purchase price. He scored major wins in the 1992 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) and Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and was voted Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old colt. He has developed into a major sire at Lane's End.

Weekend Surprise's next sale topper came along at the 1999 Keeneland July yearling sale, when her colt by Storm Cat went for $3 million. Named Norway, the colt placed in one start in Ireland last year.

Weekend Surprise's other offspring include stakes winner Welcome Surprise, plus stakes-placed Honor Grades and Weekend in Seattle. Overall, Weekend Surprise (Secretariat -- Lassie Dear, by Buckpasser) produced 14 foals. She will be buried alongside her dam at Lane's End.

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