July 26, 2015 - Del Mar, Race 7, Msw, USD $70,000, 6F

Songbird, F, 2, 2013 by Medaglia d'Oro

1st Dam: Ivanavinalot ( GSW, $647,300), by West Acre
2nd Dam: Beaty Sark, by Deputy Minister
3rd Dam: Torsion Belle, by Torsion

Owner: Fox Hill Farms
Breeder: John Antonelli
Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer

Songbird earned ‘TDN Rising Star’ status with a dominant wire-to-wire performance in her career debut Sunday at Del Mar. The $400,000 FTSAUG purchase drilled steadily in preparation for this unveiling since late May and was sent postward as the 2-1 second choice. The dark bay was off a bit slowly from the inside post, but quickly punched through to set a clear pace through a quarter-mile in :22.08. Never threatened turning for home, she glided to the wire under minimal encouragement from Hall of Famer Mike Smith to register an impressive 6 1/2-length victory over favored stablemate Tiz a Tommy Town (Speightstown). The winner is a half-sister to the dam of GSW Mico Maragarita (Run Away and Hide). Her dam Ivanavinalot, who won the 2003 GII Bonnie Miss S. and placed in two other graded stakes that year, RNA’d for $625,000 while in foal to Mineshaft at the 2004 Keeneland November sale. She did not have a foal in 2014, but produced a Ghostzapper filly this year and was bred back to Tapizar.  

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