Summer Bird hails from Birdstone's first crop
Adam Coglianese photo
Three-time Grade 1 winner Summer Bird was honored for his tremendous sophomore campaign in 2009 when the Birdstone colt was unanimously voted Champion 3-year-old Male at the annual Eclipse Awards dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA on Jan. 18.
Birdstone had two of the three finalists in the 3-year-old Male category, as Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Mine That Bird joined Summer Bird as a finalist and would finish second in the voting. But the coveted award belonged to Summer Bird who ran away with the honors, earning 225 of the 232 votes.
The brilliant chestnut colt is a Dr. K. K. Jayaraman & Dr. V. Devi Jayaraman homebred and is campaigned by trainer Tim Ice. After breaking his maiden at Oaklawn in March, Summer Bird ran third in the Arkansas Derby (G2) at that track before taking his game to another level in the summer. He became a classic winner by impressively winning the Belmont S. (G1), which was the first of his historic Grade 1 run in New York.
Summer Bird won the prestigious Travers S. (G1) at Saratoga and came back to beat older horses in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1), making him the first 3-year-old since Easy Goer to sweep those three storied races in the Empire State.
Bred in Kentucky from the Summer Squall mare Hong Kong Squall, Summer Bird owns a record of 4-1-1 from nine starts with earnings of $2,323,040.
Gainesway Sales was also represented by Champion Female Sprinter Informed Decision, who was the unanimous choice after a seasonal campaign that saw the 4-year-old gray filly win 6-of-7 starts including a dominant performance in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) to close out the year. She captured three other Grade 1s in 2009 and holds career earnings of over $1.7 million for owner Augustin Stable.
Trained by Jonathan Sheppard, Informed Decision was bred in Kentucky by C. Kidder and N. Cole, and she was sold by Gainesway Sales as a yearling for $150,000.