Summer Bird Injured, Withdrawn from Japan Cup Dirt

Summer Bird, winner of the grade I Belmont Stakes, Travers, and Jockey Club Gold Cup, was withdrawn from the Dec. 6 Japan Cup Dirt after suffering an injury in a workout at Hanshin Race Course.

According to owner Dr. K.K. Jayaraman, the son of Birdstone came back from his work Nov. 29 showing signs of lameness.

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"Tim (trainer Ice) called me and told me what happened and that X rays had revealed a small chip in the right carpal fetlock joint," Jayaraman said. "It's only the size of a pea, but he's obviously out of the race.

"We will bring him back home in a couple of days and send him to one of the farms in Lexington, Ky. where we board our horses. After we find out more, we will make a decision whether we remove the chip and try to bring him back or retire him."

Summer Bird's most recent effort was a solid fourth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Classic, in which he was beaten three lengths by Zenyatta.

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