The Breeders Futurity (video) a Grade 1, Birdbirdistheword takes on the big boys, Great Hunter, Circular Quay and Street Sense. A game effort, unknown to Team Bird was that Birdbird had a lung infection; scoped by a vet right after that race, Birdbird had ten feet of mucus taken out of him. He ran that race with a lung infection and the vet said that he only ran at 70%.
This infection caused owner Ray Cottrell to choose to skip the Breeders Cup to insure that he was over the infection. A few weeks later and healthy again Birdbird showed what he could do in the Delta Jackpot, Grade 3. The winners share of $600,000 assures Birdbird a starting berth in the Kentucky Derby.