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CCA Oaks Next For Songbird

Wednesday, 22nd June 2016

Champion US filly Songbird (Medaglia d'Oro-Ivanavinalot, by West Acre) will have her next start in the Gr1 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga on 24 July, reports Blood Horse. "That's the plan right now," said owner Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farm. "The timing is better for the American Oaks and everybody wants us to run against Carina Mia and Cathryn Sophia, and we want to run against them too." After the CCA Oaks, Songbird is likely to follow a path that takes in the Gr1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga on 20 August and the Gr1 Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing on 24 September. Her ultimate end-of-season target is the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita. A US$400,00 Keeneland September yearling purchase, Songbird is now unbeaten in her eight starts to date that includes top-flight wins in the Santa Anita Oaks, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, Chandelier Stakes, and Debutante Stakes. Her victory in last weekend's Gr2 Summertime Oaks (8.5 furlongs) at Santa Anita boosted her prize money to US$2.1 million.

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