Summer Bird, winner of the grade I Belmont Stakes, Travers, and Jockey Club Gold Cup, was withdrawn from the Dec. 6 Japan Cup Dirt after suffering an injury in a workout. at Hanshin Race Course.
According to owner Dr. K.K. Jayaraman, the son of Birdstone came back from his work Nov. 29 showing signs of lameness.
“Tim (trainer Ice) called me and told me what happened and that X-rays had revealed a small chip in the right carpal fetlock joint,” Jayaraman said. “It’s only the size of a pea, but he’s obviously out of the race.
“We will bring him back home in a couple of days and send him to one of the farms in
Summer Bird’s most recent effort was a solid fourth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I), in which he was beaten three lengths by Zenyatta.