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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. 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. NFL Jerseys From China . The next step is a better finish. Bae played bogey-free Friday on another gorgeous day at Riviera for a 5-under 66, giving him a one-shot lead over Aaron Baddeley and Robert Garrigus going into the weekend. Jerseys NFL Wholesale Cheap . LOUIS -- Heading into the final stretch of the season, the issues for the Chicago Bears banged-up defence only seem to be getting worse. http://www.cheapchinaauthenticjerseys.com/ . Anthony Calvillo, through 20 CFL seasons, was frequently invincible and largely stoic in the heat of competition. 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The Grand Slam winners take on the Wallabies in a three-Test series in June, live on Sky Sports, which will provide a chance to gauge just how far they have come under Jones guidance.Preparations for the tour are set to be stepped up between 17-19 May, when a 26-man squad, which includes eight uncapped players, will descend on Brighton for a series of training sessions. Eddie Jones thinks hell have failed if he doesnt get England to the top of rugbys world rankings Players from Premiership semi-finalists Saracens, Exeter, Wasps and Leicester will not be at the camp and Jones is eager to see how some of his new call-ups fare.It is a really important camp for us, he told Sky Sports News HQ. They have all got a great opportunity. Competition for places is intense and we have probably got 40 players competing for 30 spots.Regarding some of the promising forwards he was looking forward to working with, he added: (Charlie) Ewels is a good young lock who has been doing well for Bath.(Teimana) Harrison has come out of the woodwork for Northampton. Pre-Christmas he was not that outstanding but he must have eaten something at Christmas, because his play since has been pretty good!Kyle Sinckler is a young Harllequins prop with great athletic ability and he is going to be competing hard.dddddddddddd Kyle Sinckler of Harlequins will be among the youngsters looking to impress Jones An interesting name among the backs is fly-half Danny Cipriani, who, despite missing out on the World Cup squad, is firmly back in England contention after a lengthy spell in the wilderness.Danny has got (rival fly-halves) Owen (Farrell) and George (Ford) in front of him but he has a great opportunity, Jones added.He has great talent and is one of the key reasons Sale have finished so high in the table. I am excited to see what he can do.Two players who will not be at the camp are back rowers Sam Underhill and Steffon Armitage, but Jones says they could well be members of the squad in the future. Steffon Armitage has been linked with a move to Wasps England cannot pick players who are not based in the country unless there are exceptional circumstances and the 19-year-old Underhill is playing for Ospreys in Wales, while he studies in Cardiff.But Jones said: He has been playing pretty well for Ospreys. We have got the situation that he plays outside of England and we have got to sort that situation out.I think we are close to a resolution and there is no doubt he will be selected in an England squad in the next six months.The highly-rated Armitage has been playing in France but has been reportedly linked with a move to Wasps, which could see him back in international contention.Asked if a returning Armitage might be in his thoughts, Jones said: If he comes back and manages to get in the Wasps side, which will be difficult to do.If he gets fit and he wants to play for England, then we will consider him. He is certainly a talented player. 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