MIKE SMITH, SONGBIRD, WINNER: “She jumped out of there very well today. The opportunity presented itself to sit just off Bellamentary going into the first turn and she didn’t allow me to take her back any further than she wanted me to take her back. She stayed in the spot that she wanted to be, cruising alongside of her and it’s just amazing, her cruising speed. She started lengthening her stride on the backside and I looked over at Bellamentary and I knew we were comfortable but that she was having trouble keeping up.
“We weren’t way behind and she was comfortable, very relaxed. If the opportunity ever presents itself, I don’t think it will be any problem. She has such a high cruising speed and what she does comfortably, other horses seem to have to work to do, so I’m certainly not going to take that away from her.
“I knew she was going to fire today. I just tried to stay out of her way. She has wings on her hooves, I swear. She just goes into stealth mode.
“It scares me to think of how good she is, I try not to think of it.
Smith, when asked if songbird could have run faster if asked: “A lot faster. If I’d even just gathered her up and asked her, there’s no telling how fast she can run.
Smith, when asked if Songbird is ready to face the boys: “She’s been ready. She’s just that talented.”
JERRY HOLLENDORFER, SONGBIRD, WINNER: “It was beautiful the way she just settled in. I was very happy with the way she looked going down the backside. She was very comfortable, with her ears up, looking for something. The opportunity presented itself to be just a little off the pace and now we’ve shown everyone that we can do that.
“We thought she could do that before, but you never know until you try. We’ll try to keep her doing bigger and better things.
“I don’t know about the Haskell (Grade I, $1,000,000, 1 1/8 miles for 3 yo’s at Monmouth Park on July 31). Mr. Porter likes having input on these things so we’ll talk it over and make a plan, see what happens. I wouldn’t think we’d go to the Haskell but there are plenty of races, for her and we’ve talked about several of them.
“I think we’ll stick with the girls for now and see what happens. I’m thrilled, really.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Rick Porter of Lexington, Ky., who races as Fox Hill Farms, Inc.