Friday, January 27, 2012
Three-time Grade 1 winner and Champion 3-year-old Summer Bird sired his first reported foal on 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 3 winner Palmeiro. Watercress Farm is the breeder.
On his run to Eclipse 3-Year-Old Male honors, Summer Bird joined Easy Goer as the only sophomores ever to win the Belmont S. (G1), Travers S. (G1) and Jockey Club Gold Cup S. (G1). He retired to stud as a multimillionaire after amassing 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, which is the direct family of Tapit. He stands at WinStar Farm in Versailles, KY for a fee of $15,000 stands and nurses.