Weekend Surprise (April 8, 1980 – March 13, 2001) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse and dam of 1992 American Horse of the Year A.P. Indy and 1990 Preakness Stakes winner Summer Squall. She was sired by the famous Triple Crown winner Secretariat.
Although best known as a broodmare, Weekend Surprise was also a success on the track, winning seven races including the Schuylerville, Golden Rod and Pocahontas Stakes in 1982 as a two-year-old. She also placed in multiple stakes races at ages three and four.
Weekend Surprise raced nine times as a two-year-old, winning five times with one second place and two third place finishes. She won in her first start at Keeneland on April 21, 1982, then finished second in the Rosedale Stakes at Belmont on June 2. She next won the Schuylerville Stakes before finishing fifth in the Spinaway Stakes, both races held at Saratoga in August. She then finished third in two Grade I stakes at Belmont Park – the Matron and Frizette Stakes. She finished the year with two stakes wins at Churchill Downs in the Golden Rod and Pocahontas Stakes. On the Experimental Free Handicap, she was rated 114 pounds – 7 pounds below the two-year-old champion filly Landaluce.
Her three-year-old campaign was less successful, with only 1 win from 10 starts. The highlights were second place finishes in the Cumberland Handicap and Pleasant Hill Stakes, both at Churchill Downs, and third place finishes in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico and the La Troienne Stakes at Churchill Downs.
At age four, the durable mare raced 12 times with only 1 win. The year started with promise when she finished second in both the El Encino and La Canada Stakes, then third in the Santa Margarita Invitational, but she had a series of poor performances over the spring and early summer in California. Shipped back east, she improved to finish third in the Grade I Delaware Handicap, followed by a third and her lone win of the year in allowance races. In her final race on November 9, she finished third in the Grade II Long Look Handicap at the Meadowlands.
Weekend Surprise produced 14 foals, 9 of whom became winners. She is one of the few mares to have produced two winners of American Classic races, Summer Squall and A. P. Indy. In 1992 she was voted the Kentucky Broodmare of the Year.
Her offspring also include Honor Grades, Tiger Ridge, Devongate, Amirati, Weekend Storm, Norway, Eavesdropper, Welcome Surprise, Saithor, and Weekend In Seattle. She died on March 13, 2001 shortly after foaling a filly by the sire Belong To Me.
Because of her success as a broodmare, some believe that Weekend Surprise was a double copy mare, meaning a mare that inherited the "X-factor" (a gene or genes carried on the X-chromosome that result in a large heart) from both sides of her family, and thus can pass it on to her offspring. (A mare with only one copy of the X-factor has a 50-50 chance of passing on the trait.) Sires can only inherit the trait from their dam and can only pass it on to daughters. Secretariat would thus have received his copy from his dam Somethingroyal. Weekend Surprise's dam Lassie Dear may have inherited the trait from her sire, Buckpasser, or through her dam, who also descends from Somethingroyal.
Weekend Surprise is inbred 2s x 4d to Somethingroyal, meaning Somethingroyal appears in the 2nd generation of the sire's side of the pedigree and in the fourth generation of the dam's side.