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There is a certain scenario in play, which begins in Saturdays $1 million Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing, that few racing people in America could have envisioned at any point this year. Cheap New York Jets Jerseys . And it involves Songbird, and the 3-year-old filly championship this year that just about everyone thought was automatically hers.It still might be. But lets continue.Its ridiculous how dominant Songbird has been over her generation since her career debut in July of last year. She won all four of her starts at 2, including three Grade 1 events, by margins of 6 ?, 5 ?, 4 ?, and 5 ? lengths, and was never close to being tested. Only one crackpot of the 261 Eclipse Award voters who cast their ballots in the 2015 2-year-old filly category prevented Songbird from being a unanimous champion.Songbirds 3-year-old campaign has been a near mirror image of her juvenile season. She has won all six of her starts, including three Grade 1s, by the lopsided margins of 6 ?, 3 ?, 3 ?, 6 ?, 5 ?, and 7 lengths. Songbird is, in a word, brilliant.However, there are those who think Songbird might be vulnerable Saturday. Putting aside for a moment that opposing Songbird, whether on the track or at the windows, has been a fools errand, and expecting a different outcome this time would be one definition of insanity for some, the reasons for seeing possible vulnerability in Songbird Saturday are not entirely without merit.Songbird won the Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama Stakes in her last two starts in resounding fashion, but they were not the easy victories her big win margins would suggest. She was hard ridden in both races for the first time in her life, and ran hard both times, and did so over a Saratoga main track that is a little bit deeper than the surfaces she is accustomed to at her home base of Southern California.Moreover, Songbird traveled back to SoCal from upstate New York after the Alabama, and has now made another trip east -- all shipping done in the heat of summer -- and will encounter a main track at Parx that is often much deeper than anything she has ever seen, although management will likely tighten up the track for its big day Saturday.One other thing Songbird will encounter in the Cotillion is an opponent in Cathryn Sophia who might be the most formidable she has yet faced.Cathryn Sophia won the first four starts of her career Songbird-style, which is to say, most impressively. Cathryn Sophia then was the victim of a shocking upset in the Ashland Stakes, but rebounded forcefully with a strong victory in the Kentucky Oaks, a race Cathryn Sophia was re-routed to when Songbird took ill and was unable to compete. One more surprising loss occurred in the subsequent Acorn Stakes, but Cathryn Sophia indicated she is back in peak form with a dominant score in a prep for the Cotillion at Parx three weeks ago.Okay, with that backstory, here is the scenario that has Songbird not winning another divisional title this year. And its not really tin foil hat stuff:Songbirds demanding efforts at Saratoga and the cross-country travel do indeed extract a toll, she comes up a little flat in the Cotillion, and Cathryn Sophia beats her, and beats her by daylight.Next comes the Breeders Cup. Say Cathryn Sophia runs in the BC Distaff, and wins it, beating top older opponents Beholder and Stellar Wind, as well as Songbird. That would make Cathryn Sophia 2 for 2 in head to head meetings with Songbird, give her a critical win over elders in a huge spot, and she would also have that win in the Kentucky Oaks, the most prestigious race for 3-year-old fillies on the continent.Bottom line is if this scenario plays out this way -- a HUGE if, I know -- Cathryn Sophia would simply be the better choice for 3-year-old filly champion.Consider a few alternate scenarios:Say Cathryn Sophia wins the Cotillion, runs well in the Distaff, doesnt win, but does hit the board ahead of Songbird. That would be a tougher call, but Cathryn Sophias argument for a title over Songbird would still be a very good one based on head-to-head meetings alone.How about this: Cathryn Sophia wins the Cotillion, opts to run in the Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Sprint instead of the Distaff, wins that over her elders, and Songbird loses again in the Distaff. Thats a tougher call, but Cathryn Sophias Eclipse Award candidacy against Songbirds would still have to be carefully considered.What happens if Cathryn Sophia beats Songbird Saturday, and for whatever reason, Songbird doesnt run in the Breeders Cup?Clearly, there are numerous possible permutations here. But it all begins with the Cotillion, a race Songbird might need to win more than you realize. Cheap Los Angeles Chargers Jerseys . Dusautoir, the former World Player of the Year, sustained a torn bicep playing for Toulouse in the Heineken Cup on Saturday. The flanker, who has played 65 times for France, is expected to be out for up to four months. Authentic NFL Gear Store . -- The plastic that was taped across the lockers in Oaklands clubhouse came down and the champagne that was on ice went back into the cooler. http:///...llas-cowboys-jerseys .J. -- Marty Brodeur beat the Pittsburgh Penguins yet again. 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The tournament is tentatively scheduled for January 6 to 20 at the ICC Academy in Dubai.According to one source, both Bangladesh and Zimbabwe have also been invited, but their participation is not confirmed. For Afghanistan, Scotland, Netherlands, and Oman, this would be their first T20Is since the 2016 World T20 in March. Ireland hosted Hong Kong for a T20I series in September. For UAE, these would be their first T20Is since reaching the main draw of the Asia Cup in February, while PNGs last T20Is came in February when they lost a series 1-2 to Ireland in Townsville. ' ' ' 

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