Summer Is Tomorrow: Kentucky Derby contender profile

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May 2nd, 2022

Summer Is Tomorrow carried his speed to a runner-up finish in the UAE Derby (G2), earning a Kentucky Derby (G1) berth in his first two-turn start. A frontrunning stakes winner at six furlongs, the bay Kentucky-bred colt promises to be hustling from the starting gate in the Kentucky Derby, adding to the projected pace, Summer Is Tomorrow will bring first-time Kentucky Derby connections to his U.S. debut.

Summer Is Tomorrow Speed Figures

Top Brisnet Speed: N/A (has only raced internationally)

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Top Brisnet Late Pace: N/A (has only raced internationally)

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Summer Is Tomorrow Pedigree

Sire: Summer Front

Summer Is Tomorrow is from the third crop of multiple graded stakes-winning turf millionaire Summer Front, a son of top sire War Front. In addition to producing turf champions, War Front is responsible for 2019 Preakness (G1) winner War of Will.

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Dam: Always Tomorrow

Summer of Tomorrow’s female family also has strong turf influences. His dam, Always Tomorrow, is a full sister to United Nations (G1) winner Bigger Picture, and both are by Badge of Silver. Both Bigger Picture and Badge of Silver achieved notable wins on grass.

Summer Is Tomorrow Connections

Owner: Michael Hilary and Negar Burke

Purchased for $169,000 as a yearling, Summer Is Tomorrow will be the first Kentucky Derby starter for Michael Hilary and Negar Burke.

Trainer: Bhupat Seemar

A former assistant to six-time Kentucky Derby winner Bob Baffert, Bhupat Seemar took over training for Zabeel Stables last fall and was crowned the UAE champion in his first season with a license. Summer Is Tomorrow will be Seemar's first Kentucky Derby runner.

Jockey: Mickael Barzalona

Mickael Barzalona, who rides first-string for Godolphin in France, is an accomplished turf rider also known for his dirt prowess aboard frontrunning types in Dubai. Barzalona is making his Kentucky Derby debut.

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