Placing of Alabama Stakes has kept it from the cover
The morning after her seven-length victory in the Alabama Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 20, undefeated Songbird was relaxed and happy, said Christina Jelm, who has overseen trainer Jerry Hollendorfer's horses at Saratoga this summer.
Stretching out to 1 1/4 miles for the first time proved no problem for unbeaten filly Songbird as the 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d'Oro waltzed to a clear lead in the far turn and was never challenged late in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I).
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Del Mar Handicap (gr. II) and Alabama Stakes (gr. I).
Six challengers will attempt to remove champion Songbird from her undefeated throne in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 20 at Saratoga Race Course.
Worked five furlongs in 1:00.64 at Saratoga Aug. 9.
A day after she had her way with an overmatched field in her fourth consecutive start at Santa Anita Park, owner Rick Porter decided Songbird needs to take it to the other top fillies in her division.
The June 18 Summertime Oaks (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park is the hopeful target for Songbird's return, if all goes well as she gears up in training. After that, owner Rick Porter said, "there's a lot of good races on the East Coast."
As he prepares to return to Kentucky, review a selection of successful offspring by Empire Maker. View Slideshow
As he prepares to return to Kentucky, review a selection of successful offspring by Empire Maker.
Embellish the Lace exited the Cotillion Stakes with a leg injury and has been retired, according to owner Alex Lieblong. She won three of six races and more than $440,000.
Embellish the Lace turned it around from a ninth-place finish in the June 27 Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) and took the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 22 at Saratoga on the front end.
Jones has Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) heroine Lovely Maria and her multiple graded stakes-winning stablemate I'm a Chatterbox in the 135th running of the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) on Saturday, Aug. 22.
Although too early for objective conclusions, we can say subjectively with some confidence that Pioneerof the Nile is well on his way to an important career as a stallion.
Relive moments from the racing career of Princess of Sylmar. view slideshow
Relive moments from the racing career of Princess of Sylmar.
Evan Hammonds looks at the Arlington Million, Secretariat Stakes, and Alabama Stakes. watch video
Evan Hammonds looks at the Arlington Million, Secretariat Stakes, and Alabama Stakes.
Even-money choice Stopchargingmaria, always prominent for jockey John Velazquez, prevailed in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) for her second top-level win in a row at the Saratoga Race Course meet Aug. 16.
CCA Oaks winner will try to extend her winning streak to three in Alabama Stakes
Better Lucky, last by more than a dozen lengths after a half-mile, came flying down the stretch to catch Grace Hall at the finish to win the $100,000 Shine Again Stakes by a head at Saratoga Race Course July 21.
My Miss Aurelia, the 2011 champion 2-year-old filly, will make her first start in 16 months in the $100,000 Shine Again Stakes at Saratoga Race Course Monday, July 21.
Front-running Iotapa, bouncing back from disappointing effort at Churchill Downs, left the favorites behind with a superb effort in the $300,000 Vanity Stakes (gr. I) June 14 at Santa Anita Park.
Grade I winner Grace Hall, a good second in her initial start in 13 months for trainer Bill Mott, ships to Southern California to take on a well-matched field in the $300,000 Vanity Stakes (gr. I) June 14 at Santa Anita Park.
Favored Fiftyshadesofhay, winless in her last five starts, got back in the win column with a come-from-behind victory in the $250,000 Ruffian Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park May 11.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Grace Hall||William I. Mott||
|In Lingerie||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Questing (GB)||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Sea Island||Claude R. McGaughey III||
|Uptown Bertie||Steve Margolis||
|Via Villaggio||Michael J. Maker||
|Zo Impressive||Thomas Albertrani||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|Gold Cup S.||DED|
|Fiesta Mile S.||RET|
|Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame S.||RET|
|New Mexico Classic Cup Distaff Sprint Championship S.||ZIA|