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  • Rick Porter called Songbird "the most popular horse that has been around in years"

    Champion Songbird Retired

    Two-time Eclipse Award champion Songbird has been retired from racing after recent X-rays revealed damage to her hind suspensories and a bone chip, owner Rick Porter announced Aug. 31.

  • What's Going On Here: Weight For It

    Songbird’s impost in the Del ’Cap was 124, which wasn’t impressive in a historical sense, but what was impressive—at least in this day—was the spread. Songbird gave from eight to 13 pounds to her rivals going 10 furlongs around two turns.

  • Rick Porter leads Songbird and Mike Smith into the Delaware Park winner's circle

    Songbird Holds Fast in Delaware Handicap

    The champion daughter of Medaglia d'Oro came and conquered July 15 at Delaware Park, where she claimed the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (G1) for Delaware native Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farms and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

  • Songbird and Mike Smith after their Ogden Phipps Stakes win

    Songbird Gives Porter Another Crack at Del Cap

    For owner Rick Porter, a victory in the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (G1) would mean a lot as the big race at his local track. On July 15 he will send out two-time champion Songbird in an effort to land the $750,000 race for fillies and mares.

  • The first reported foal by Normandy Invasion was born in New York.

    Normandy Invasion’s First Foal a Filly

    Multiple grade 2-placed and track record holder Normandy Invasion sired his first foal Jan. 14 when a filly arrived at Hilltop Stables near Deposit, N.Y. The son of Tapit, a Spendthrift stallion, stands at Keane Stud near Amenia, N.Y.

  • Champion Songbird will return soon to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer's California barn

    A Plan for Songbird as Year-End Honors Loom

    Rick Porter is a sporting man and a planning man, and to that end he has mapped out a "perfect-world" scenario for Songbird that will have fans of the Medaglia d'Oro filly drooling in anticipation with hopes that all goes well.

  • Songbird schools Sept. 20 in the Parx Racing paddock. The filly will have Eva Cassidy's family members cheering her Saturday.

    Porter Hosts "Songbird" Singer's Kin at Parx

    Rick Porter, who enjoys bringing special guests to the races, will host the family of singer/guitarist Eva Cassidy at Parx Racing Sept. 24 after he named his filly Songbird to honor the late Cassidy's rendition of the tune

  • Songbird schools in the Parx Racing paddock Sept. 20

    Songbird Aims to Add to Spectacular Season

    The timing of a low-grade fever in the spring could not have been worse for Songbird, but with deft handling the undefeated champion juvenile filly of 2015 continued to deliver spectacular races through the summer.

  • Songbird winning Summertime Oaks in previous start.

    Songbird Adds Star Power to Sunday's CCA Oaks

    Champion Songbird will put her perfect record on the line July 23 in the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, which features a purse pumped up from $300,000 to $500,000 to attract the daughter of Medaglia d'Oro.

  • A for sale sign at the front entrance of the Mercer County, Ky. farm where starving horses are located

    Kentucky Neglect Case Under Investigation

    As authorities worked to see who is responsible for a case of neglected horses in Central Kentucky, individuals within the horse industry are marshaling forces to help ensure the care of the animals and make attempts to have the horses relocated.

  • Mike Smith celebrates aboard Songbird after here win in the Summertime Oaks

    Songbird Heading East for Summer Campaign

    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.

  • Songbird wins the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I)

    Songbird Back for Summertime Oaks

    A low-grade fever may have knocked Fox Hill Farms' undefeated champion Songbird out of the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), but her 3-year-old campaign will restart June 18 in the $200,000 Summertime Oaks (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.

  • Songbird working out June 4

    Songbird Set for Summertime Oaks

    After a positive seven-furlong workout from undefeated Songbird June 11 at Santa Anita Park, owner Rick Porter said the champion filly is ready to make her return to racing June 18 in the $200,000 Summertime Oaks (gr. II).

  • Songbird wins the 2016 Santa Ysabel Stakes.

    Songbird Fleet in First Work Back

    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."

  • Songbird cruises in the slop in the Santa Anita Oaks.

    Songbird Easy Winner of Santa Anita Oaks

    Fox Hill Farms' Songbird grabbed the early lead and easily captured her seventh win in seven starts to take the grade I Santa Anita Oaks at Santa Anita Park April 9 and remain the dominant favorite for the Kentucky Oaks.

  • Songbird wins Santa Ysabel

    'Bullet' Work for Champion Songbird

    Fox Hill Farm's undefeated filly Songbird continued to progress toward the April 9 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) the morning of March 29. The daughter of Medaglia d'Oro worked six furlongs in 1:12 4/5 with Mike Smith aboard.

  • Songbird and Mike Smith take the Las Virgenes Stakes.

    Songbird Untouchable in Las Virgenes

    Songbird ambled home to win the $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 6 at Santa Anita , 6 1/2 lengths ahead of Land Over Sea, but Smith had such a tight hold on her, the margin might as well have been 26 1/2 lengths.

  • Cassatt won the 2015 Houston Ladies Classic Stakes.

    Cassatt Back to Defend Houston Ladies Title

    Treated for a suspensory issue and osselets at Rood & Riddle, the 5-year-old daughter of Tapit returned in her second start off the layup to win the Dec. 13 She's All In Handicap. Her connections hope for another win Jan. 30.

  • Songbird

    Songbird Breezes for Las Virgenes Run

    Unbeaten Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Songbird, the overwhelming favorite to be named champion 2-year-old filly Jan. 16, worked six furlongs 1:14 2/5 on Santa Anita Park's fast main track Jan. 14.

  • Songbird won the Del Mar Debutante by 5 1/4 lengths.

    Songbird Takes Centerstage in Chandelier

    Songbird, Fox Hill Farms' unbeaten Medaglia d'Oro filly, faces three fillies she topped in the Del Mar Debutante (gr. II) Sept. 26 in Santa Anita's Chandelier Stakes (gr. I) at 1 1/16 miles.

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    Normandy Invasion Fractures Sesamoid

    Normandy Invasion, the talented but trouble-prone Fox Hill Farms runner who finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has fractured a sesamoid, according to owner Rick Porter.