Songbird Headed To Personal Ensign At Saratoga

by | 08.13.2017 | 1:46pm
Mike Smith is all smiles after the Delaware Handicap win by Songbird

Champion Songbird will be heading back to the Spa for the Aug. 26 Personal Ensign Stakes, owner Rick Porter told drf.com on Sunday. The 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d'Oro will ship to Saratoga the week of the Grade 1, $700,000 race, which will be held at 1 1/8 miles on the main track. It is a Breeders' Cup “Win and You're In” contest for the Longines Distaff this fall at Del Mar.

“I think it was always on the top of our list,” said Porter. “She likes Saratoga. I love Saratoga. I can get to the race. I think it's the best race for her.”

Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Songbird won both of her starts at Saratoga last summer, the G1 CCA Oaks and G1 Alabama. So far in 2017 she has won both of her starts, the G1 Acorn and the G1 Delaware Handicap, running her record to 13 wins from 14 starts. She will be ridden by regular jockey Mike Smith.

Others under consideration for the Personal Ensign may be Carina Mia, Forever Unbridled and Going for Broke.

Smith may well have another big day on his hands that afternoon at Saratoga: his lineup thus far potentially includes Drefong, West Coast and American Anthem.

  • Ida Lee

    I notice Mike can’t stop smiling when he’s looking at Songbird….we can’t either Mike…if anybody knows how to welcome a Racing Queen, it is Saratoga…just ask Rachel…my favorite quote of the article: Mr. Porter….”I can get to the race”.

  • jacob.bratcher

    I’m still bitter that the Personal Ensign (G1) was reduced to 9 furlongs.

    • Michael Castellano

      Along with many other races in recent years.

    • Ed Martinez

      I’m bitter about a lot of things. Forego carried in the 130’s in handicap races, no more of that. 1 1/2 mile races are as frequent as total eclipses. Someday they’ll be running the Kentucky Derby at 6 furlongs. Don’t get me started.

  • Ceser Rodney

    Oh wow. why bother…….

  • disqus_VDMOBiuPfw

    Hope to see Martini Glass in the race, love your name and Disco Partner’s the best. Party, be safe, race fast.

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