Great Horse Racing Videos – Songbird

The star Songbird has been retired, effective August 31, 2017.  Here is one of her many spectacular performances, a replay of the 2016 Santa Ysabel Stakes at Santa Anita in 2017.

Great Horse Racing Video Series – 2016 Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Beholder vs. 3yo Songbird in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita, the Great Race Place.  I was fortunate enough to be there to witness this in person.

As one viewer stated, and I have to concur: “One of the greatest races I’ve ever seen. They’re both winners in my book!”

California Chrome, Songbird Set for Breeders’ Cup

California Chrome working out spring of 2014

2014 copyright Gary Tasich

Top Stars receive post-position assignments

LOS ANGELES — The reigning king and queen of horse racing, California Chrome and Songbird, received post-position assignments Monday as anticipation began to grow for this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita. There will be 13 races and $28 million worth of purses, but the main focus is centered on the $2 million Distaff… [Read more…]

California Chrome, Tepin Among Plethora of Horse Racing Stars

California Chrome working out spring of 2014

2014 copyright Gary Tasich

 2016 Features an Incredible Group of Runners

Forgive the Thoroughbred racing fanbase if it emerged from the first half of 2016 utterly spoiled. Before the calendar could flip to summer, followers of the sport were treated to an overflow of talent from all ends of the spectrum, be it the sustained brilliance from established stars like California Chrome, Tepin and Beholder to the… [Read more…]


Will we ever know how good she is?

By Art Parker

Songbird Santa Ysabel March2016The best three year old filly in North America, and perhaps the world, waltzed around Santa Anita last week to claim her sixth career victory from six career starts. Songbird, a good looking filly from the expensive sire Medaglia d’Oro, easily won the Grade Three Santa Ysabel by 3 ½ lengths after showing off in what was just another public workout. The margin of victory is not indicative of how easy she won without being asked to show her best stuff.

Her victories are all the same. Songbird gets a quick lead without much trouble, builds an insurmountable advantage without breaking a sweat, and then glides to the wire as rider Mike Smith starts to apply the brakes. The other thing one notices while watching her embarrass opponents is her beautiful motion and her attention to business. She doesn’t intend to take prisoners when the gates open, and she doesn’t.

It looks like trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and owner Fox Hill Farms will keep the champ in California and run her in the Santa Anita Oaks before proceeding to Louisville for the Kentucky Oaks. So far Songbird’s connections have been opposed to trying the boys and possibly going for the Derby.

The way the Derby points system works Songbird would need to beat the boys in a big Derby prep race to secure the points to get into the Derby. Under the old system she would already have enough graded earnings to run for the roses.

It is easy to see Songbird winning the Santa Anita Oaks, the Kentucky Oaks before taking another rest. After a reasonable break she could run once or twice before the Breeders’ Cup in early November. A couple of preps in late summer or early fall will have her poised to win the BC Distaff, which by the way will be at her home base of Santa Anita.

And if the connections avoid the colts altogether then Songbird will cruise to another undefeated season, another Eclipse Award and possibly Horse of the Year. A non-stress schedule between now and the BC will probably assure her of being a cash machine with a big residual value as a broodmare.

I’m afraid this is what will happen and we will never really know how good she is. And that’s a shame because this young lady could offer as much to racing as American Pharoah did.