Summing (April 16, 1978 – October 10, 2008) was an American thoroughbred racehorse and sire.

GrandsirePrince John
FoaledApril 16, 1978[1]
CountryUnited States
BreederCharles T. Wilson Jr.
OwnerCharles T. Wilson Jr.
TrainerLuis S. Barrera
Record23: 7-5-1
Major wins
Pennsylvania Derby (1981)
Hill Prince Stakes (1981)
Pegasus Stakes (1981)

Triple Crown race wins:
Belmont Stakes (1981)

Last updated on September 28, 2007


Summing was a bay horse bred in Kentucky by his owner Charles T. Wilson Jr. He was sired by Verbatim, a leading dirt performer whose wins included the 1969 Whitney Stakes. The best of his other progeny included Alphabatim and Princess Rooney. Summing's dam Sumatra was a high-class racemare whose wins included a division of the Santa Ysabel Stakes.[2]

Racing careerEdit

Until the detection of a blood infection, Summing performed so poorly that he was dropped from graded stakes races and entered in an allowance race. Once the infection was found, he was unable to compete in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, although two weeks before the Belmont he was well enough to win the Pennsylvania Derby.

Trained by Luis Barrera, brother of American Hall of Fame thoroughbred racehorse trainer Laz Barrera, Summing is best known for his upset over U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt Pleasant Colony in the Belmont Stakes with George Martens aboard. He won the race in a time of 2:29, spoiling Pleasant Colony's bid for the Triple Crown, as Pleasant Colony ran wide in the turn and placed third, behind Highland Blade.[3]

In the fall, Summing won the Pegasus Stakes, then finished second in the Super Derby.

Stud recordEdit

Summing was retired to Jonabell Farm, where he stood at stud until from 1982 to 1991. He was then sent to Getaway Farm in California. Summing was pensioned from study duties in September 2003 due to declining fertility[4] and stood at the farm until he died in his sleep of natural causes at 30 years old in October, 2008.

His graded stakes race progeny include Epitome, Summer Matinee, and Matthews Keep.


Pedigree of Summing (USA), bay stallion, 1979[1]
Verbatim (USA)
Speak John (USA)
Prince John Princequillo
Not Afraid
Nuit de Folies (FR) Tornado
Polle Nuit
Well Kept (USA)
Never Say Die Nasrullah (GB)
Singing Grass
Bed O Roses (IRE) Preciptic (GB)
Pasquinade (GB)
Sumatra (USA)
Groton (USA)
Nashua Nasrullah (GB)
Register Bimelech
Sunda Strait (USA)
Aboukir (NZ) Gold Nib (GB)
Egyptian Rose
Djambi Djeddah (FR)
Fairy Day (Family: 1-g)[2]
  • Summing was inbred 4 × 4 to Nasrullah, meaning that this stallion appears twice in the fourth generation of his pedigree.


  1. ^ a b "Summing pedigree".
  2. ^ a b "Problem - Family 1-g". Thoroughbred Bloodlines. Retrieved 2014-01-05.
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