The Lewis family and Denali Stud have announced the retirement of champion Serena's Song from breeding at age 22.
Trained by Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas for Robert and Beverly Lewis, the daughter of Rahy won 18 races, including 10 grade I stakes, and was voted champion 3-year-old filly in 1995. Serena's Song was the all-time leading distaff earner with $3,283,388 in winnings when she was retired in late 1996.
Serena's Song, who was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., also excelled as a broodmare. Among her 10 winners (from 12 to race and 13 total foals) have been group I winner Sophisticat, grade II winners Harlington and Grand Reward, grade III winner Schramsberg, and Serena's Tune, her first foal who was a multiple stakes winner.
"Serena is still in great health and condition," Denali Stud owner Craig Bandoroff said. "She doesn't look anything like your ordinary 22-year old mare. However, when she lost her 2014 pregnancy this fall everyone agreed that it was time to let her live out her remaining years in leisure. I know that there will never be another broodmare like her for me.
"It has been a great honor to work with the Lewises for the entirety of her breeding career. She has had a profound impact on the growth and development of Denali Stud. Today, we have three of her daughters (including her Medaglia d'Oro weanling) and a fourth, Serene Melody (by Street Cry), is with trainer Charlie LoPresti. The Lewis family and we, at Denali, are looking forward to Serena's legacy extending many years into the future."