USA: Sensational Songbird soars away at Parx

Sensational Songbird soars away at Parx
By Nicholas Godfrey 10:58PM 24 SEP 2016

Report: USA, Saturday

Parx Racing (Philadelphia): Cotillion Stakes (Grade 1) 1m½f, dirt, 3yo fillies

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THE amazing Songbird (Jerry Hollendorfer/Mike Smith) took her unbeaten sequence to 11 with yet another resounding victory as she overwhelmed a field of top-class rivals in the Cotillion, coasting home by nearly six lengths in a totally dominant performance.

On paper, the $1 million event looked set to provide the sternest test of Songbird's flawless career to date. On the racetrack, it was to prove anything but a stern test as the daughter of Medaglia d'Oro scored in imperious fashion, tracking front-runner Carina Mia before easily taking command at the head of the stretch.

"A picture of perfection," suggested the racecaller as the 3-10 favourite sauntered clear, and it was hard to argue as she won going away from front-runner Carina Mia. Kentucky Oaks winner Cathryn Sophia, kept off the pace at her home venue, was a poor third nearly seven lengths behind the second.

Songbird stopped the clock at 1m44.02s; this brilliant daughter of Medaglia d'Oro has now won her 11 starts – seven at Grade 1 level – by a cumulative 60½ lengths.

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