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Songbird remains perfect in Pennsylvania, but Nyquist and Exaggerator fall off the pace

Songbird remains perfect in Pennsylvania, but Nyquist and Exaggerator fall off the pace

Songbird continues to soar. The same can hardly be said for Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist or Preakness victor Exaggerator.

Songbird remained perfect through 11 starts, seven of those coming this year, when she coasted home by 5 ¾ lengths against Carina Mia in the Cotillion Stakes on Saturday at Parx Racing. Nyquist and Exaggerator were almost equally dull in the following race, running sixth and seventh in a field of 12 in the Pennsylvania Derby won by longshot Connect.

Songbird took command at the top of the stretch without any urging from jockey Mike Smith in the mile-and-a-sixteenth Cotillion in what Smith, a Hall of Fame rider, proclaimed an ideal tune-up for the...

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