Fox Hill Farm announced that Songbird will make her anticipated return to Saratoga Race Course as part of the Travers Day card on August 26, as she will compete in the $700,000 Personal Ensign Stakes (G1). The announcement followed a five-furlong training session.
“We are definitely running,” said owner Rick Porter. “I want to run at Saratoga. It’s my favorite track to run at and I think it’s the right race for her anyway: the timing is right, the purse is right, and she’s run well there.”
The two-time Eclipse Award winning Songbird is trained by Hall of Fame Jerry Hollendorfer. She won two consecutive races at the Spa last summer, when she took home the Coaching Club America Oaks and the Alabama Stakes (G1).
“We’re going to hook Forever Unbridled, Carina Mia, and whoever else is coming, so it’s not going to be a pushover race,” said Porter. “But according to Mr. Hollendorfer, she couldn’t be doing any better. She worked in 1:01 and they gave her a ‘breezing (tag),’ which is pretty hard to get at Del Mar. Jerry said she went around the track like she was just jogging.”
Songbird had won all but one of her 14 career races, and has earned over $4.5 million. Her only loss came to Beholder last year in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1).
“I asked Jerry the other day to compare her to how she was a week or two before the Breeders’ Cup and he said, ‘I got to tell you, Rick, she is better than she’s ever been. These two races have just got her in the position where she couldn’t be more fit,'” said Porter. “If it weren’t for that whisker, she’d be undefeated, but she’s still something special.”