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'Bird' leaves the nest

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- The "Bird House" is empty.

After more than a month of residency at the Clark Memorial Stakes Barn, Summer Bird left Saratoga for his fall residence at Belmont Park.

The Birdstone colt and trainer Tim Ice left this morning around 5:30 and arrived at the Elmont track around 9:15. He will be staying in the same stall he used prior to his victory in the June 6 Belmont Stakes.

"It was an uneventful trip, not much traffic being a holiday," Ice said. "He's doing great."

Summer Bird won Saratoga's signature race, the $1 million Travers on Aug. 29. Missing from the race was Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, recovering from minor throat surgery. He was stabled two stalls away from Summer Bird, and the stakes barn became known as the 'Bird House.'

Ice took Summer Bird out to graze and get reacquainted with surroundings.

"I already had him out there," Ice said. "He was happy to be there."

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