Serenading in the Falls City Handicap at Churchill Downs.

Serenading in the Falls City Handicap at Churchill Downs.

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Grade II Winner Serenading Retired

Serenading went out a winner in the grade II Falls City at Churchill

Serenading, who won the Nov. 26 Falls City Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs, has been retired from racing. Campaigned by brothers John and Glenn Sikura, the 5-year-old daughter of A.P. Indy won or placed in 15 of 18 races and earned $538,754. Breeding plans will be announced later.

“While completely sound, the horse always comes first,” said John Sikura, owner of Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms near Lexington.

The Falls City was Serenading’s second consecutive stakes win. It came less than three weeks after Serenading captured the Maple Leaf Stakes at Woodbine.

Serenading won or placed in nine stakes. In 2008, she captured the Belle Mahone Stakes at Woodbine.

Bred in Kentucky by Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm and N.E.T.P., Serenading is out of Canadian stakes winner Daijin (by Deputy Minister) and is a full sister to stakes winner Handpainted, dam of added-money winner Patena. Daijin is a half-sister to Canadian Horse of the Year With Approval and U.S. classic winner and successful sire Touch Gold.