Three-time grade I winner and champion 3-year-old Summer Bird sired his first reported foal Jan. 26 when a colt was born at Fred Hertrich’s Watercress Farm in Paris, Ky.
The dark bay or brown colt is out of the Bluegrass Cat mare She Cat, a half-sister to multiple stakes winners including grade III winner Palmeiro. Watercress Farm is the breeder.
Summer Bird joined Easy Goer and Temperence Hill as the only sophomores ever to win the Belmont Stakes, Travers Stakes, and Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (all gr. I). He retired to stud with career earnings of $2,323,040.
Summer Bird bred 148 mares in his first season at stud in 2011. By Birdstone , Summer Bird is out of the Summer Squall mare Hong Kong Squall. He stands at Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., for $15,000 stands and nurses.