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Songbird Well After Surprise Loss
Champion mare Songbird (Medaglia d'Oro) has been given a clean bill of health following her shock loss in Saturday's Gr1 Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga. The two-time Eclipse Award winner suffered the second defeat of her career when run down in the final stages by highly regarded 5YO mare Forever Unbridled. "She ran a huge race and did everything she was asked to do, and she did it in grade 1 company at Saratoga," said Christina Jelm, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. "But horses, like all great athletes, don't win every single time. Yesterday, another great filly passed her at the wire. She ran her heart out and I think she is as good, if not better, than ever." Jelm added: "The important thing is that she is absolutely fine. She's in good health and is relaxed, as she always is coming out of all her races. She's great." Hollendorfer said he and owner Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farms will sit down to discuss Songbird's next assignment and that a start in the US$2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff remains high on the agenda.