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BENSALEM, Pa. DaMarcus Beasley USA Jersey . -- You couldnt wipe the smile off jockey Mike Smiths face. It wasnt just that Songbird won Saturdays Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion at Parx Racing, it was how she did it.Songbird was nice and relaxed sitting off of Carina Mia for six furlongs before going after that Grade 1 winner at the five-sixteenths pole and disposing of that rival by the three-sixteenths pole en route to a 5-3/4-length victory.Carina Mia finished 6-3/4 lengths ahead of Cathryn Sophia. Land Over Sea, Disco Rose, and Queena Esther completed the order of finish.Man, that was good, Smith said. She was so happy, so cool, calm. She drew away, but she was having fun today. Thats the old her, I was really glad to see that.The victory was the 11th in as many starts for Songbird, a daughter of Medaglia dOro owned by Rick Porters Fox Hill Farm and trained by the Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer. Her combined margin of victory is 60-1/2 lengths.Songbird, last years 2-year-old filly champion, has now won seven Grade 1 races, four this year including the Santa Anita Oaks, Coaching Club American Oaks, and Alabama.Smith indicated this might have been her best performance yet.She seemed to have blossomed, I dont know if thats possible; it feels kind of strange saying that as good as shes been, said Smith, who has been aboard for all 11 wins. Look at her color, she was playing in the post parade. I couldnt believe it. I think she likes the cooler weather a little bit.Smith was as interested as everybody else how the race would play out. In the Coaching Club American Oaks, Songbird was the target and it was Carina Mia who went after her at the quarter pole, only to be repelled.On Saturday, breaking from the rail, Carina Mia went to the lead under Julien Leparoux, set fractions of 23.81 seconds for the quarter, 47.71 for the half-mile, and 1:12.04.I was wondering, didnt quite know, said Smith, when asked how he thought the race would unfold. I was going to stay out to see if they wanted to go ahead instead of pressing me on the outside this time, as opposed to the Coaching Club. I did what I did and it worked again. When you ride a filly like this just about anything works, really.Leparoux said he rode Carina Mia the way she wanted to be ridden today. ... We had the inside post, she broke good, this time Mike kind of looked at us. We didnt go crazy, crazy; she fought back, she just got beat today by a champion.Songbird covered the 1-1/16 miles in 1:44.02 and returned $2.60 as the 1-5 favorite.Here once again Songbird laid off the pace a little and ran at them when Mike asked her to, Hollendorfer said. Very grateful for her and Im very pleased the way she did that today.The victory was sweet for Porter, who was hospitalized last month and forced to miss the Alabama. He attended the Cotillion.With this filly its special anywhere, he said. Shes just incredible. The performances she puts in time and time again; the way she gets out of that gate and Mike lets her do what she wants to do. Its just so much fun to watch her run.It wasnt fun for John Servis, the trainer of Cathryn Sophia, who, along with locally based owner Chuck Zacney, had targeted the Cotillion since the beginning of the year. Cathryn Sophia, sitting third behind Songbird and Carina Mia approaching the quarter pole, came up empty in the stretch under Javier Castellano.Im very surprised, I thought maybe she was a little flat, because I thought shed be a little closer to the pace, Servis said. [Castellano] said no, she was comfortable as can be and I was just sitting. He said at the three-eighths pole I thought I was a winner. She just didnt go on.Songbird will return to Southern California on Wednesday and point to the $2 million Distaff at Santa Anita on Nov. 4, when she could face champions Beholder and Stellar Wind.Jerry and I agree the Distaff is the race to run her in, Porter said. I know were hooking some big cheese in that race. 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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A lot of programs refer to creating a culture that can lead teams through times of crisis.Iowas stunning 14-13 win over Michigan last week was proof that what the Hawkeyes have built in nearly two decades under coach Kirk Ferentz still works.Just one week after one of the more crushing defeats in Ferentzs 18 seasons, a 41-14 blowout at Penn State, the Hawkeyes rallied to topple the unbeaten Wolverines as a 24-point underdog.The remarkable response to the Penn State loss, guided by a veteran staff and players who have bought into what coaches were telling them even when the results werent coming, has put Iowa (6-4, 4-3 Big Ten) in position to finish a disappointing season on a high note. The Hawkeyes visit Illinois (3-7, 2-5) on Saturday.One of the points we made last week was that we probably werent going to be Big Ten champions this year. But youre either building toward it or youre taking away from it, and theres responsibility with that, Ferentz said. Its got to be a 12 month a year thing, and youre either on board or youre not.If any team appeared set for a late-season collapse, it was Iowa. Unable to stop the run and unable to catch the ball, Iowa had dropped two straight and three of its last five games. Just last week, Iowas players had talked about the need to trust their teammates and get back to the fundamentals.Most teams that say such things in November end up staying home in December.As it turned out, the Hawkeyes were right.Iowa defensive coordinator Phil Parker, who has been an assistant under Ferentz for nearly two decades, took a unit that had put together one of its worst performances in a long time and shut down the Wolverines.. Joe Corona USA Jersey. Iowa held Michigan to just 201 yards despite losing starting cornerback Greg Mabin to an injury. Freshman Manny Rugamba stepped in and grabbed a crucial fourth-quarter interception that helped set up the game-winning drive.The big thing that coach (Ferentz) pushes is to stay focused, determined, linebacker Josey Jewell said. If you put your full effort out there and do your job, anything can happen.Offensive coordinator Greg Davis, now in his fifth season despite inconsistent results, recognized the need for Iowa to get the ball in the hands of running back Akrum Wadley as much as possible. Wadley, the only true open-field threat the Hawkeyes have left after injuries to receiver Matt VandeBerg and tight end George Kittle, had 167 combined yards and a touchdown reception to help Iowa escape from a 10-0 hole.We have a great culture here within this program. It goes into the entire offseason. Guys who work their tails off all year long, said quarterback and team captain C.J. Beathard.Beating Michigan wont erase the fact that Iowa, once the favorite to win the Big Ten West, will fall short of its expectations. All the Hawkeyes can do is hope that what clicked over the past week leads to success in the weeks ahead.Ferentz has given us certain examples in the past of Iowa history, certain things that he believes show the resilience, the determination of other teams and how that worked out for them, Jewell said. He really forces it into your head. But its a good kind of forcing.---More college football at ;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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