Songbird runs to victory in the Alabama at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 20, 2016. The filly was retired on Thursday.

Joe Labozzetta file photo, NYRA

Two-time champion filly Songbird was retired Thursday morning, according to owner Rick Porter on Fox Hill Farm’s Facebook page.

An examination at Rood & Riddle in Lexington, Kentucky revealed that Songbird — most recently beaten a neck by Forever Unbridled in the Grade I Personal Ensign at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday — had an enlargement in both of her hind suspensory ligaments.

Songbird retires with a record of 13 wins and two seconds from 15 starts and $4,692,000 in career earnings. She raced just three times this year, winning the Grade I Ogden Phipps and Grade I Delaware Handicap before her loss in the Personal Ensign.

“Since suspensories are usually the result of something else amiss and he knew of her history, Dr. (Larry) Bramlage shot a set of X-rays of the area of bone Songbird had issues with over the winter,” Porter wrote. “A distinct line on the bone was present. We followed up with a bone scan, and then an MRI.

“Unfortunately, the results weren’t what we wanted to see,” he continued. “We have a situation where it’d be dangerous for Songbird to continue training, and Dr. Bramlage isn’t optimistic that the site will fully resolve even if given ample time.”

Songbird was named champion 2-year-old filly in 2015 and champion 3-yea-old filly in 2016. She especially had a memorable 3-year-old campaign at Saratoga, winning the Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama by a combined 12 1/4 lengths.


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