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Songbird looks like a special filly in Las Virgenes romp

Songbird looks like a special filly in Las Virgenes romp

There are those rare moments in horse racing when even the losing bettors stand up and applaud when they are witnessing greatness. That was the scene on a gorgeous, cloudless Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita, where the unbeaten 3-year-old filly Songbird, sent off at odds of 1-9, showed why she is drawing comparisons to the likes of Ruffian and Rachel Alexandra.

"That's what you call flying," Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith said as Songbird glided through the stretch to an emphatic 6 1/2-length victory over Land Over Sea in the Grade II $300,345 Las Virgenes Stakes, her fifth consecutive victory.

Owner Rick Porter, wearing a bright red coat with red bow tie,...

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