Summer Bird is getting ready to race again.
The winner of the Belmont Stakes and Travers Stakes has posted a solid workout at Belmont Park in preparation for his next start in the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup on Oct. 3.
With jockey Kent Desormeaux aboard, the 3-year-old chestnut colt covered five furlongs in 1:00.05 _ the second-fastest time of 15 at the distance Saturday.
"He looked great, he galloped out strong all in all," trainer Tim Ice said. "I'd have to give it an A-plus."
Ice said a final workout for the 1 1/4-mile Gold Cup will be next Saturday. Other Gold Cup contenders include Alcomo, Asiatic Boy, Dry Martini, Macho Again, Quality Road and Tizway.