Not often does a horse make headlines by winning a $100,000 black-type stakes, but a filly by the name of Summering did just that on closing weekend at Del Mar Racecourse.
In her debut on July 29th, the homebred of Craig Bernick’s Glen Hill Farm blew away the competition with a swift, front running trip over the Del Mar grass to win by 5 convincing lengths… with a gallop out that demanded attention. With a “freakish” debut like that, all eyes were on where the bay filly would run next.
Trainer Tom Proctor entered the filly in the Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf on September 3rd. With her debut fresh in mind, the filly went off as a known presence in what would be her stakes debut.
Again running near or on the lead, Summering ran ears pricked under Drayden Van Dyke, quickly requiring the firm holding of her pilot. Though the race ran slower than her debut, the Summering put in another commanding performance, easily overtaking the field to win by 1 ¼ lengths over the 1 mile distance.
Validating her growing stardom, the fourth-generation homebred stamped herself a special young starlet in the respected roster of Glen Hill Farm. Along with claiming her first stakes victory, Summering also became the 75th stakes winner for her sire War Front. Out of the Indian Charlie mare Wishing Gate, the Florida-bred filly looks to be laced with pedigree class and natural talent, as she’s dazzled fans in each of her first two starts.
Summering now looks to further validate her status as a juvenile filly to watch. With a Santa Anita stakes likely up next, Craig Bernick and Tom Proctor now consider a possible start in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies come the first weekend of November.
It is a noteworthy achievement to attract such attention as Summering has at this stage before ever running in a Graded race. Only time will tell if the filly has the talent she hints at possessing, but we are undoubtedly excited to find out.
Watch out Autumn…Summering is coming for you.