On July 31, 2006, a 3-year-old black horse named Songster made his Saratoga debut in the Grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes. The Darley-owned colt was already a graded stakes winner: he achieved that when he won the Grade 3 Hirsch Jacobs Stakes on the Preakness undercard, crushing the field by 10 lengths. Three weeks later, he took the Grade 2 Woody Stephens on Belmont Day, and by the time he reached Saratoga, his record was 5-3-2-0.
A huge favorite at 15 cents to the dollar in the Amsterdam, Songster was upset by a 10-1 shot ridden by Calvin Borel, and
finished second. He was fifth a few weeks later in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop, and that was the end of his Saratoga career. He never returned.
Until last summer, a decade after he’d left.
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