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It says much about Songbird that the words brilliant and dominant havent been able to do her real justice for quite some time if you want to accurately describe her qualities as a race horse, and her position vis a vis her contemporaries. Myles Garrett Browns Jersey . For Songbird, those words just seem so weak now.Sensational still works, though, and Songbird was every bit of that winning Saturdays Cotillion Stakes at Parx.The Cotillion was supposed to be a test for Songbird, I mean, in a relative sense for a 1-5 shot. She made another cross-country trip after the two most demanding outings of her career in the Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama at Saratoga to compete on a new surface that is deeper than what she is generally accustomed to, against an opponent in Cathryn Sophia who might have been the best she had yet faced, and who had home court advantage.Test? Ha. What a joke.Songbird walked away from the Cotillion with her 11th blowout victory from as many career starts, her 10th graded stakes win, and her seventh Grade 1 stakes score. Oh yeah, Songbird also negated any scenario there might have been in regard to her claim on the 3-year-old filly championship. Another divisional title is hers. It doesnt matter what happens in the Breeders Cup when it comes to that.Cathryn Sophia, as fine a filly as the Kentucky Oaks winner is, isnt in the same league as Songbird. She had perfect early striking position, but had no answer when asked on the far turn, and wound up third, beaten a staggering 12-1/2 lengths.I feel bad for Cotillion runner-up Carina Mia because in almost any other year, she would be a prime candidate for a divisional championship. But for 3-year-old fillies, this is not any other year. Anyway, Carina Mia set the pace Saturday, just as she did in the CCA Oaks, and was as game as you could want a horse to be. But Carina Mia, who was beaten by 5-1/4 lengths in her first try against Songbird, finished 5-3/4 lengths away from her this time.As noted, Songbird had to work hard in her two victories at Saratoga, even if she won those races by lopsided margins. Her Cotillion, however, was anything but demanding. Songbird never appeared to draw a deep breath. That makes her a scary proposition going forward, as does the fact that this one-time front-runner has become so adept at rating kindly just off the early lead.Songbird now sets her sights on the Breeders Cup Distaff, and a meeting with three-time champion Beholder, and last years Eclipse Award winning 3-year-old filly Stellar Wind. The Distaff will be a classic autumn battle between a very special 3-year-old and truly top-class older opponent. It will be, in a word, sensational.Pennsylvania Derby result flatters ArrogateSaturdays other big race was the Pennsylvania Derby, also at Parx, and the big winner out of that event was Arrogate. And Arrogate didnt even run in the Pennsylvania Derby.Arrogate, the explosive winner of the Travers, had his path to the 3-year-old male championship cleared somewhat by the losing performances in the Pennsylvania Derby from Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, and Preakness and Haskell winner Exaggerator.Yes, Arrogate now has a clearer path to a divisional title even if the Travers was his first and only start in a stakes race. Before Saturday, Arrogate probably would have had to have also won the Breeders Cup Classic to be champion 3-year-old male, and a Classic win could well make him Horse of the Year, too, depending on how California Chrome performs. But now, after the repeated failures of Nyquist and Exaggerator, maybe Arrogate only has to run well in the Classic, and not necessarily win, to take his divisions title.The other reason why Arrogate was the symbolic winner of the Pennsylvania Derby is four of the 12 starters in the race came out of his Travers, and three of them finished first, second, and fourth, beaten just a neck for third.I dont want to give short shrift to Pennsylvania Derby winner Connect and runner-up Gun Runner, who finished that way thanks to the significant edge in ground saved by Connect (yes, unlike the other 11-1/2 months of the year, there was absolutely nothing wrong with the rail at Parx on Saturday). But the Arrogate influence, and the losses by Nyquist and Exaggerator were, in this instance, of equal import.Nyquist finished sixth Saturday, beaten five lengths, without any excuse whatsoever. He worked out the most perfect stalking trip that you could have drawn up for him, looked like a potential winner nearing the stretch, only to run out of gas late. He seems far removed from the impressive form he showed winning the Kentucky Derby, and though he might remain a divisional title contender despite three straight losses, he has become an unpalatable one.Exaggerator was dismal yet again on a dry track Saturday, finishing seventh, seven lengths behind Nyquist. And despite his wins in the Preakness, Haskell, and Santa Anita Derby, all achieved in the slop, its difficult, for me, taking Exaggerator as a serious Eclipse Award contender. Not when he has been so heavily reliant on wet tracks plus golden pace setups, and not with losses in the Belmont Stakes, Travers, and now Pennsylvania Derby that were just plain dreadful.Finally, since we talked about Arrogate flattery, lets also mention that Drefongs Kings Bishop victory got a boost with the result of the Gallant Bob Stakes on the Cotillion undercard.The two starters of 11 in the Gallant Bob who came out of the Kings Bishop -- Noholdingback Bear and Mind Your Biscuits -- ran first and second. Noholdingback Bear was clearly best in victory, and is an intriguing sprint prospect on any surface. DeShone Kizer Youth Jersey . Colin Wilson had two goals and an assist, and Mike Fisher scored a goal and helped set up two others in the Predators 6-4 victory over the Red Wings on Monday night. Zane Gonzalez Youth Jersey .Y. - General manager Billy King says the Brooklyn Nets are looking to add a big man and confirmed the team worked out centre Jason Collins, who would become the first openly gay active NBA player if signed. http:///...-garrett-jersey.aspx . They hope to persuade the other team owners and commissioner Roger Goodell to put pressure on Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to drop the nickname they find offensive. "Given the way the meeting transpired," Ray Halbritter, an Oneida representative and leader of the "Change the Mascot Campaign," said Wednesday, "it became somewhat evident they were defending the continued use of the name. SAN DIEGO -- With Steve Fishers coaching career winding down, the San Diego State Aztecs are focused on getting back to the NCAA Tournament after taking an unexpected detour to the NIT last season.Heading into his 18th season at SDSU, Fisher has built the program to the point that fans expect nothing less than an NCAA appearance. The Aztecs made the NCAA field six straight seasons, including their first two Sweet 16 appearances, before the streak ended last season.Although they won the Mountain West Conference regular-season title, they missed out on an automatic NCAA berth when they lost to Fresno State in the conference tournament championship game. Relegated to the NIT, they made it all the way to Madison Square Garden before losing to George Washington in the semifinals to finish 28-10.There was a time when it would be a big accomplishment for the Aztecs to make the NIT.No more. If its not the NCAAs, no ones happy.There are expectations. Theyre ours, also. We expect to be there, said Fisher, whose Aztecs open at Viejas Arena on Friday night against San Diego. Talking about it and doing it, weve gone six straight years. So were like the fans. We expect to be there and were disappointed when weve not there. Were talented enough to get there and yet youve got to prove it on the court. Hopefully we will do that also.Fisher, 71, is under contract through next season while his long-time assistant, Brian Dutcher, remains the associate head coach/head coach in waiting. As always, Fisher said he and his wife, Angie, will decide at the end of this season if hell return next year.The Aztecs players appreciate how Fisher has built up the program.It just shows the progress the program has made, sophomore guard Jeremy Hemsley said. Before Coach Fish got here, this wasnt really a school people considered a school to be in the tournament. That just shows the progress weve made and all the work that the coaches and players have put into the program.I can say that we will be back in the tournameent this year, Hemsley said. DeShone Kizer Jersey. The NIT isnt something that we will see in our near future. Were a different team. This is a different journey and the NIT isnt really an option or anything that weve even thought about.The Aztecs were picked to win the MWC in the annual preseason poll, and received votes in The Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll.Hemsley, junior guard Trey Kell and sophomore forward Zylan Cheatham are the returning starters. Also back are junior forward Malik Pope, senior forward Matt Shrigley and senior guard Dakarai Allen. Kell is the leading returning scorer, having averaged 12.6 points while earning all-MWC first-team honors.The Aztecs lost some height when Skylar Spencer, Angelo Chol and Winston Shepard graduated.They do welcome 6-10, 240-pound senior center Valentine Izundu, who is eligible after transferring from Washington State after earning his degree.The Aztecs will also look for contributions from 6-9 forward Jalen McDaniels, picked as the Mountain West Co-Freshman of the Year along with Utah States Koby McEwen, and Montaque Gill-Caesar, a 6-6 transfer from Missouri who was named the leagues preseason newcomer of the year.The Aztecs were too inconsistent last year, hurting themselves with losses to crosstown rival San Diego, Little Rock and Grand Canyon.Whats going to be different this year, Hemsley said, is our intensity and the fun we have with each other. I think thats all it is. I think well prove ourselves very early and I think well be very consistent. I dont think inconsistency is going to be something that were going to have to worry about this year.Inconsistency was something that we did deal with last year, he added. With this team, thats where we grew up. Thats not really something that the fans or anyone watching us will see this year.---Follow Bernie Wilson on Twitter at http://twitter.com/berniewilson Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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