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Summer Bird reportedly suffered fatal colic attack in Japan

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In an announcement by the Paulick Report of Dec. 24, Summer Bird has suffered a fatal colic attack in Japan. The seven-year-old stallion was a champion three-year-old colt in 2009. The colt was victorious in the Belmont Stakes. He followed up his Triple Crown Belmont win with the Travers and Jockey Club Gold Cups victories.

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Summer Bird was the son of Birdstone out of Hong Kong Squall by Summer Squall. Bred and owned as a colt by Drs. K.K. and Vilasini Devi” Jayaraman, Summer Bird was trained by Tim Ice. He was always credited with sweeping New York state’s "three biggest races" for male horses (lauded to be the Belmont, Travers, and Jockey Club Gold Cup)

After his competition in the Japan Cup (Dirt), Summer Bird had a serious training injury when he fractured a cannon bone. He did not make it back to the race course in the year 2010 and was formally retired to stand at stud in 2011. He started his breeding career at Pauls Mill in Versailles, Kentucky, at a stud fee of $15,000 for his first year.

Summer Bird successfully bred 148 mares in his first season and moved to WinStar Farm for the 2012 breeding season. During his second year he bred and covered 141 mares. In 2013 his first yearlings hit the sales with 44 of them averaging $34,545.

In November the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders Association bought Summer Bird and he went to the island of Hokkaido. WinStar president Elliott Walden maintained an option to bring Summer Bird back to the U.S. for retirement at the end of his stallion career. Summer Bird had covered one season of mares while he was in Japan.

Summer Bird’s racing career earned a total of $2,323,040. He ran in nine starts, winning four times and one second.

Summer Bird’s untimely death at seven years of age in Japan is a stunning upset.

Source: Paulick Report

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