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Songbird to miss Kentucky Oaks after low-grade fever

Songbird, with Mike Smith up, wins the Breeders'

Songbird, with Mike Smith up, wins the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies horse race at Keeneland race track Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Lexington, Ky. Credit: AP

Undefeated champion Songbird will be forced to miss the Kentucky Oaks on May 6, owner Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm announced Sunday evening.

The farm’s Facebook page said the 3-year-old filly developed a low-grade fever after the Santa Anita Oaks on April 9 and has not been able to go to the track since.

Songbird would have been heavily favored for the 1 1/8-mile Oaks, considered the fillies’ Derby, at Churchill Downs. Many analysts have rated her the best 3-year-old of either gender, including the undefeated colt Nyquist, the Kentucky Derby favorite.

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