03/14/2008 12:00AM

Songster returning to races


Songster, a multiple graded winner for Godolphin Racing, will return to the races after having fertility problems at stud.

A 5-year-old Songandaprayer horse, Songster had stood at Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum's Jonabell Farm in Lexington for a $10,000 fee. This was his first season at stud.

"Our goal now," said Charlie Boden, Darley's American stallion nominations manager, "is to take care of the breeders that committed to Songster the best we can. After that, we look forward to seeing him perform once again on the track."

Boden said Songster is with trainer John Burke at Keeneland and preparing for his return. Plans call for Songster to remain ungelded, Boden said.

"He's a long way from his first start," he said. Songster won three graded stakes: the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Breeders' Cup Stakes in 2006, and the Grade 3 Bold Ruler Handicap and Hirsch Jacobs Stakes in 2007 and 2006, respectively. He earned $367,740 and won half his eight starts.