Jeff Drown's Summer Revolution, who has won his two career starts by a combined 10 1/4 lengths, appears to be a stakes-caliber. But whether he jumps up to the grade I company for this third start remains to be seen.
The 3-year-old Summer Bird colt broke his maiden in his debut at Belmont Park by 7 1/4 lengths July 4, and then won an entry-level allowance event by three lengths at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 6. Both races were at seven furlongs; his clocking at Saratoga was a rapid 1:21.03 on a track rated fast.
In response to questions from the New York Racing Association media office, trainer Rudy Rodriguez said it's too soon to suggest Summer Revolution will race next in the seven-furlong Ketel One King's Bishop Stakes or 1 1/4-mile Travers Stakes, both grade I, both for 3-year-olds, and both on Aug. 27 at Saratoga.
"We're not too sure yet, I'll talk to the owners," Rodriguez said. "But we'll take our time. We want to give him the opportunity to be a nice horse. I don't want to say no and I don't want to say yes."
Summer Revolution, who sold for $90,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March sale of 2-year-olds in training, was bred in Kentucky by the late Camelia Casby, who lived in Minnesota and was active nationally as a breeder and owner. Summer Revolution's dam, the Boston Harbor mare Revolutionary Act, was raced by Casby and won two stakes in Kentucky.
Casby purchased Revolutionary Act for $38,000 at the 2001 Keeneland September yearling sale, and she went on to earn $146,861 in 15 starts.