|JOCKEY CLUB GOLD CUP S.|
Won at 3JOCKEY CLUB GOLD CUP S.
(gr. I , 10f , defeating Quality Road, Tizway, Macho Again, Dry Martini, Sette E Mezzo, Asiatic Boy (ARG) ).
When Summer Bird finished fourth in his career debut at Oaklawn Park March 1, few would have guessed that later in the year, he would go on to become a three-time grade I winner and an earner of more than $2 million.
But the 3-year-old colt continued his quick rise to greatness when he once again soared to victory at Belmont Park, this time in the Oct. 3 Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (gr. I).
ItÕs clear that Summer BirdÕs love for the Belmont surface runs deep, as he also won the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) at the Elmont, N.Y., track.
The chestnut, who additionally captured the Aug. 29 Shadwell Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga after finishing runner-up in the Aug. 2 Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I), became the first 3-year-old since Easy Goer in 1989 to win the Gold Cup, Travers, and Belmont in a single year.
Summer Bird has also already exceeded the accomplishments of his sire, Birdstone, who captured the Belmont and Travers in 2004, but did not run in the Gold Cup.
Campaigned by his breeders, Drs. Kalarikkal K. and Vilasini Devi Jayaraman, Summer Bird is out of the Summer Squall mare Hong Kong Squall.
Retired doctors and natives of India, the Jayaramans were twice named ArkansasÕ top breeders during the 1990s. Among their best runners as breeders is grade I winner Dearest Trickski and other graded victors Abounding Truth, Sweet and Ready, Royal Spy, and Comic Truth. The last three mentioned were campaigned as homebreds.
Summer Bird was foaled at Hagyard Farm near Lexington, where his dam was formerly boarded. The mare is now kept at Nancy PolkÕs nearby Normandy Farm.
Hong Kong Squall is a daughter of Hong Kong Jade (by Alysheba), who is a half-sister to champion sprinter Rubiano (by Fappiano), plus Tap Your Heels (by Unbridled), the dam of grade I winner and successful young sire Tapit (by Pulpit).
Hong Kong Squall, who was bought for $22,000 by the Jayaramans at the 1997 Keeneland September yearling sale from Waterford Farm, agent, is the dam of five starters, all of which are winners, including six-figure earners Hongkong (by Stark Ridge) and Summer of Summers (by Proudest Romeo).
Hong Kong Squall is in foal to Birdstone on a May 23 cover date.
Birdstone is the sire of six stakes winners. Among his four 2009 added-money winners is Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Mine That Bird. Birdstone stood the 2009 season for $10,000 at Graham and Antony BeckÕs Gainesway near Lexington.ÑE.M.
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