Songbird is an amazing California trained three year old filly who won big yesterday at Saratoga in an exciting early race. Saratoga is one of the two great old race courses, I have to mention Del Mar as the other, for reasons that one of my readers knows well. Many will dispute this opinion but Saratoga means Summer and another time to me.
About eight years ago there was a colt named Birdstone who won the Belmont in an amazing upset over Smarty Jones who that year had won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness and was favored to win the triple crown. Birdstone went off at 36 to 1 and the night before the race there was a dinner at Belmont honoring my cousin Joe Hirsch an executive columnist for the Daily Racing Form. I sat next to a man who was the head of a national racing organization and casually asked him who he would bet if he wanted a long shot. Birdstone he replied. Now here the story gets sad. I placed a 20 dollar bet via email and watched the race as Birdstone not only won but in one of the great and exciting races in Belmont history. The person who was supposed to place the bet didn’t open his email until Monday morning… all true story.