08/23/2016 2:10PM

Songbird back in California; Cotillion at Parx next

Barbara D. Livingston
Songbird, winner of the Alabama Stakes at Saratoga, is back in California to prepare for her next start in the Grade 1 Cotillion at Parx Racing.

DEL MAR, Calif. – The unbeaten, champion filly Songbird arrived back at trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s Del Mar barn Monday and will remain in California to train until her next scheduled start, the Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion on Sept. 24 at Parx Racing.

The Cotillion will be her final scheduled start before she takes on elders – likely including fellow champions Beholder and Stellar Wind – for the first time in what’s shaping up as a star-studded Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 4 at Santa Anita.

Songbird was at Del Mar briefly earlier this summer before spending the past month in Saratoga, where she scored impressive victories in the Coaching Club American Oaks and, last Saturday, the Alabama.

◗ Trainer Mike Mudaris was fined $1,500 after a horse of his who ran at Santa Anita in May tested for more than one approved non-steroidal anti-inflammatory as well as improper use of another authorized medication.

◗ Trainer Ted H. West, who retired nearly two months ago, was fined $200 after his final starter, at Santa Anita in June, came back with an excessive amount of a legal medication.

Bill Keating 5 months ago
Congratulations to Bob Baffert and the connections of Songbird for shipping her twice to Saratoga, despite American Pharoah's loss in the Travers last year and Baffert's sense that his horses just did not relish the Saratoga track. In the first she showed that she could just shrug off a challenge at the top of the stretch by a very good filly and in the Alabama she just laughed off being involved in a blistering early pace and ran away from them all.
Peter Rukavena 5 months ago
Bill, Jerry Hollendorfer trains Songbird not Baffert. Secondly, Songbird didn't ship twice to Saratoga, just once. She stayed the month at a barn at Saratoga to wait for the Alabama after winning the Oaks at the end of July. She just now shipped back to Del Mar.
Julie Laskey 4 months ago
Thank you for informing him. I was about to until I saw your reply.
John 5 months ago
Baffert does not train Songbird.Hollendorfer does.They did not ship her twice. She stabled there between races.
Rich Gunn 5 months ago
Love It!!!!!
Marlaine Meeker 5 months ago
Wonder why they did not leave her in Saratoga to train, as she seemed to love it there. 
Rob Tolliver 5 months ago
Sometimes when a trainer trains a horse he likes to be in the same state as the horse.
Richard Kennedy 5 months ago
Vince, what's wrong with the PARX surface? SONGBIRD coming to PARX, only enhances Pensylvania racing. 
Vincent Spathanas 5 months ago
never liked the parx surface... would love to see Songbird pass on this race
Kevin Simoneaux 5 months ago
cant wait for cathryn Sophia to beat her at about 5-1
Chris 5 months ago
Yeah like last time, right?
Mark 4 months ago
Scott 5 months ago
Sweet! count me there at parx