Alabama (G1) Quotes

December 10, 2019

Jerry Hollendorfer, winning trainer of Songbird (No. 6): "I was just happy to see her out there and rating nicely, Mike looked pretty confident on her. I thought she would run well down the lane and she did. I never like to say it's easy but she's just got a lot of talent. She makes it looks easy but it's not easy. I just take every race as it comes up and do my best and she does her best."

"I think Mr. Rick [Porter] is looking at the Cotillion in his home state of Delaware so we'll look at that."

"This win was real gratifying. First time going a mile and quarter and you always think you can do it but you never know until you actually do it. She responded fine today and I'm very pleased with her. She wanted to go out there and she was free and easy so I wasn't worried about him trying to take her back. It looked like Mike was comfortable the whole race."

"We're happy that people like Songbird and hopefully they like her as much as we do. It's very gratifying to have a horse like this and see what she can do."

Mike Smith, winning jockey aboard Songbird (No. 6): "She is just amazing, and she keeps on getting better and better."

"We were running along a pretty good clip and I was kind of surprised that someone was going with her [Go Maggie Go] which was fine. We can't always get an easy lead and she was comfortable going along down the backside and well within in herself. I knew she going to run well. Today was just more of an emotional day for the whole team with Mr. [Rick] Porter being ill and having to go to the hospital. I pray he got to watch this and lift his spirits.

Was it as easy as it looked?: "She drew away from them pretty handily. I tried to take a peek on the TV screen [tote board] but my eyes were full of sweat so I couldn't see anything. I really wasn't riding her hard, just coaxing her, trying to keep the same rhythm, same momentum, that we had just to get to the wire. I really wanted to win this one for Mr. Porter."

Compared to the Coaching Club American Oaks?: "Only that the attack came from the inside early and not late. They can come at her early, come at her late and so far, she has shown she can put them all away."

What makes her so special?: "Everything. She's got it all. She's got the 'it' factor. Not only can she run, she is extremely intelligent, her mechanics are incredible and her balance is impeccable. You feel like you are lying on a big king-sized bed, that's how smooth she is."

Concern about the :11 and change?: "Never grabbed a hold of her. I'd rather go a little faster than slower with her. I could see shadows all around me and the whole field is running with me and [if] I'm running fast, then so are they."

Chad Brown, trainer of runner-up Going for Broke (No. 3): "I thought she ran terrific. Irad gave her a patient ride. I knew she could get the distance. In the end, Songbird showed her class."

"I think we have a really exciting filly moving forward. If we avoid Songbird, I think we'll win lots of big races. She's a lightly raced horse and her best days are yet to come."

"From the half-mile to the three-eighths pole, I said, 'we're really winding up and these horses are coming back to us fast. Maybe we have a shot in the lane if Songbird gets a little leg weary.' But she showed her class and kicked again. It was a very easy work for Songbird. It was an honor to run second to her."

Irad Ortiz, Jr., jockey aboard runner-up Going for Broke (No. 3): "We tried to beat her, but we got beat by the best filly in the nation. I said, 'If we get beat by Songbird and we hit the board, it will be all right,' and we finished second."