Songbird Works Sharp Half-Mile At Santa Anita

Champion Songbird turned in her final work Tuesday morning in preparation for 2017 debut in the G1 Ogden Phipps Stakes June 10 at Belmont Park.

The BloodHorse reports that the 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro worked a half-mile in :46 2/5, with fractions of :23 1/5 and :35 flat. She galloped out five furlongs in :58 4/5 under jockey Mike Smith.

“She’s all set,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer told the BloodHorse. Hollendorfer actually had Songbird’s gallop out to five furlongs in 1:00 flat on his stopwatch.

“It was very easy. She’ll take the early plane (June 7), settle in (at Belmont), jog Thursday, and gallop Friday.”

Songbird’s debut was originally planned for earlier this year, but that had to be delayed after she suffered a minor injury after kicking her stall in March. She returned to the worktab in April, and has been working steadily ever since.

“The reward comes if she runs well,” Hollendorfer said. “She’s all set and we hope to do our best.”

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