11/14/2012 11:49AM

Summer Bird sold to Japan for stud duty

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Champion Summer Bird has been purchased by the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders’ Association and will stand at stud in Japan in 2013. The sales price was not disclosed.

Summer Bird began his stud career at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky., in 2011 and stood for $15,000 in 2012. The 6-year-old by Birdstone will go into quarantine before leaving for Japan in early December, and he will join such prominent JBBA stallions as Empire Maker and Johannesburg.

“While we think Summer Bird has a tremendous chance to be a successful stallion, we were approached by Japanese interests with a strong opportunity that the shareholders felt they could not pass up, and ultimately voted to do,” WinStar president and CEO Elliott Walden said. “We worked out the deal so that WinStar has the option of buying back Summer Bird at the end of his stallion career, and we’ll hold money in escrow to ship him back to the U.S. at that time so that he can enjoy the proper retirement.”

In his two seasons at WinStar, Summer Bird covered 148 mares in 2011 and 141 mares this year.

Racing for K. K. and Vilasini Jayaraman, Summer Bird won the Belmont Stakes, Travers Stakes, and Jockey Club Gold Cup in 2009 en route to champion 3-year-old male honors. He is out of the Summer Squall mare Hong Kong Squall and is from the family of Rubiano and Tapit.

jttf More than 1 year ago
japan's interest in racing is much greater than in america. they have dirt racing, also. it will not be long when they will become the leaders in racing. america should learn from them. they put on a good classy show with less drugs and stricter rules. japan's fans have more trust in their trainers and vets. much larger fields and purses. sires that go over there will produce less reliante drugged up horses. congrats to japan.
jim More than 1 year ago
Lets keeping selling off all of our Stamina influences, because the most imprtant aspect of a stallon is to win 4 and half furlong races for 2 year olds. The selling of Empire Maker has a chance to be one of the worst sales in history for the American breed. I love watching fragile speed horses that can't run further than a mile with out staggering home!
Fern Blair More than 1 year ago
Jim - Can't agree with you more - Chad - agree with you also - no more Ferdinands
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
You gotta like the buyback option. I hope it holds true. No more Ferdinands, Please.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Amen to that.