Two-time champion Songbird worked five furlongs on a picturesque Thursday morning in 59 flat for her four-year-old debut in either the Beholder Mile at Santa Anita or the Ogden Phipps at Belmont Park.
With regular rider Mike Smith aboard for Jerry Hollendorfer, Songbird worked in company with Mangita, who was clocked in 59.80. Songbird had fractional times of 23.20, 35 and 47, with a six furlong gallop out of 1:11.60 and a seven furlong gallop out of 1:26.
Asked if a decision had been made as to whether she would stay here for the Grade I Beholder Mile on June 3 or ship east for the 1 1/16-mile Ogden Phipps at Belmont on June 10, Hollendorfer said, “We don’t know yet.”
“She worked really good,” said Smith. “I worked her with company, sat off a couple of lengths, and she just cruised up to her and galloped on out really, really nice.”
Should Songbird run in the Beholder, she could face another champion in Stellar Wind, Eclipse Award winner as outstanding three-year-old filly of 2015, in addition to streaking graded stakes winner Vale Dori, victor in six straight including the Adoration Stakes last Sunday.
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