Senor Santa on parade at Investec Stallion Day
(Photo : Dave Scott)
“Summerhill’s very own Usain Bolt”
Jamaican speed sensation Usain Bolt is one of the greatest sprinters of our time, thrilling the world with his incredible speed and flamboyant performances on the racetrack. Here at Summerhill Stud we have our very own equine version: Senor Santa, who was recently paraded at the 2012 Investec Summerhill Stallion Day along with three of the other Summerhill champions of yesteryear; Hear The Drums, Vangelis and Amphitheatre in front of a crowd of more than 700 people from 21 different nations.
Senor Santa fittingly led out the parade, and it was a poignant tribute to the best sprinting son of the iconic Northern Guest, who was a nine-time winner of the South African Broodmare Sires title. Senor Santa was for many years the Champion Sprinter of South Africa, winning numerous Group Ones, his last coming as an 8 year old, and his subsequent retirement to the lush paddocks at Summerhill was just reward for an equine champion. These days Senor Santa is the babysitter for the weanlings, and he spends his days teaching the next generation their movements and imparting a bit of his “X” factor.
The other illustrious champions included: Hear The Drums, South Africa’s winning-most racehorse of the past fifty years, champion stayer Amphitheatre and 14 time winner Vangelis. It was a reminder of where Summerhill has come from, and the horses that helped it to its seven consecutive breeder’s championships.