Summer Bird wins Jockey Club Gold Cup, 2009

Oct 5th 2009 01:43 am |

To the list of historic achievements this year in racing, you can add Summer Bird after his win in the Jockey Club Gold Cup on Saturday. Since the inaugural Gold Cup in 1919, Summer Bird became just the tenth colt to sweep the Belmont Stakes, Travers, and JCGC. Considering the list of other colts who have accomplished this rare triple, Summer Bird has taken a significant step towards joining the elite class of American Thoroughbreds.

Image: Summer Bird after winning JCGC (Naquilino)

Here are the others who have accomplished the historic New York trifecta:

1920 — Man O’ War
1931 — Twenty Grand
1952 — One Count
1957 — Gallant Man
1959 — Sword Dancer
1967 — Damascus
1969 — Arts and Letters
1980 — Temperance Hill
1989 — Easy Goer

Six of those nine went on to win Horse of the Year. The other three lost HOY to Bold Ruler (1957), Spectacular Bid (1980), and Sunday Silence (1989). Seven of the nine are members of Racing’s Hall of Fame (Temperance Hill and One Count being the exceptions)

Will Summer Bird go the way of One Count who did little after his 1952 campaign; will he be like Temperance Hill who won the Suburban as a 4yo but had just three wins from eleven starts in 1981; or will Summer Bird join the latter group? Based on the comments of trainer Tim Ice, he will be given an opportunity to establish his place in history on the track in 2010.


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