One morning the week of the Kentucky Derby, trainer Tim Ice was asked
if he thought the race might be a little ambitious for Summer Bird, who
at that point had raced just three times. His career had begun just two
months earlier at Oaklawn Park, with a fourth-place finish in a maiden
race. Summer Bird then stretched out around two turns and defeated
maidens, then jumped straight into the Arkansas Derby and finished
third. That was it.