• 2017 Ogden Phipps Stakes
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Songbird’s illustrious career can perhaps best be summed up in just three words — Hall of Fame. Although not yet eligible, her name is destined to be etched alongside the greatest horses ever to set foot on a track.

If not for one statistical blemish, Songbird would be heading for her third Breeders’ Cup the same as Zenyatta and Personal Ensign did — with perfect records that led them straight to the Hall of Fame. Instead, she has one loss but that can easily be forgiven as she was runner-up by the narrowest of margins to another future Hall of Famer Beholder.

In one of the most dramatic finishes in history, Songbird and Beholder dueled through the stretch with Beholder getting the best of her younger rival in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita.

“That was probably the best race (Beholder) has run in her life,” Songbird’s jockey Mike Smith said after the race. “My filly made her reach down as deep as she has. In losing, I feel like we won.”

After seven months on the sidelines following the Distaff, Songbird was back to her winning ways in the Ogden Phipps Stakes at Belmont Park on June 10. Owner Rick Porter was unable to attend because he was undergoing experimental cancer treatment. On July 15, he was well enough to lead Songbird to the winner’s circle after winning the Delaware Handicap. The triumph was even more gratifying for Porter because it was his first victory in the signature race of his home track Delaware Park. He began attending the races there as a child and despite numerous attempts, had never won the headliner.

Porter purchased Songbird for $400,000 at Fasig-Tipton’s 2014 yearling sale in Saratoga Springs, New York. She is named for a song on Fleetwood Mac’s iconic 1977 album “Rumors.” Lyrics include “for you there’ll be no crying, for you the sun will be shining.”

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