Serena's Song

Serena’s Song
Sire Rahy
Grandsire Blushing Groom
Dam Imagining
Damsire Northfields
Sex Mare
Foaled 1992
Country United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Dr. Howard J. Baker
Owner Robert and Beverly Lewis
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas
Record 38: 18-11–3
Earnings $3,283,388
Major wins
Oak Leaf Stakes (1994)
Hollywood Starlet Stakes (1994)
Landaluce Stakes (1994)
Las Virgenes Stakes (1995)
Jim Beam Stakes (1995)
Santa Ynez Stakes (1995)
Gazelle Handicap (1995)
Santa Anita Oaks (1995)
Mother Goose Stakes (1995)
Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (1995)
Haskell Invitational Handicap (1995)
Beldame Stakes (1995)
Hempstead Handicap (1996)
Fleur De Lis Handicap (1996)
Santa Maria Handicap (1996)
Santa Monica Handicap (1996)
Pimlico Distaff (1996)
Kentucky-bred Three-Year-Old Filly (1995)
Kentucky-bred Horse of the Year (1995)
Kentucky-bred Handicap Mare (1996)
American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly (1995)
U.S. Racing Hall of Fame (2002)
Last updated on January 1, 2008

Serena’s Song (foaled April 4, 1992) is an American Thoroughbred race horse. She won 17 graded stakes races, including 11 Grade I (some against males and older mares), in three seasons for $3,286,388 in earnings.

She was by Rahy out of Imagining by Northfields (by Northern Dancer). Serena's Song was bred in Kentucky by Dr. Howard J. Baker. Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas bought her at auction for $150,000 for Eclipse of Merit owners Robert and Beverly Lewis.

Two-year-old season

In her two-year-old season, Serena's Song started 10 times and won four races. She also finished second twice and third once while compiling earnings of $597,335. In the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, she finished second to the undefeated champion Flanders by a head. In the Grade I Hollywood Starlet Stakes, she beat Urbane.

Three-year-old season

In 13 starts at age three, Serena's Song won 9. One of her top performances was in the defacto second jewel of the filly Triple Crown, the $200,000 Grade II Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. That race was run on May 19, 1995, over a mile and one eighth at Pimlico Race Course. Serena's Song beat a field of seven stakes winners, including Conquistadoress and Rare Opportunity.

Serena's Song also beat males that year in the Jim Beam Stakes and the Haskell Invitational Handicap. She defeated older females in the Beldame Stakes. That year, she brought home the American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly award, winning $1,524,920.

Four-year-old season

In 1996, when she was four, Serena's Song started 15 times, winning 5 times, placing in 7 races, and coming in third twice. She ran over eight tracks and never finished worse than third. In May, she shipped to Baltimore and won the grade two Pimlico Distaff, now called the Allaire duPont Distaff Stakes, on the Preakness Stakes undercard. She came very close to winning the Whitney Handicap and was second in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. That year, she brought home $1,164,133.


Serena’s Song was sent to Denali Stud near Paris, Kentucky, as a broodmare. So far she has produced 12 foals, 11 have raced and nine have won. Among her offspring are these named horses:

After her 2014 filly was weaned, Serena's Song was retired from broodmare duties. She still resides at Denali stud.

Serena’s Song was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002, at age ten.

Tabulated pedigree

Pedigree of Serena's Song (USA), bay mare, 1992
Blushing Groom
Red God Nasrullah
Spring Run
Runaway Bride Wild Risk
Glorious Song
Halo Hail to Reason
Ballade Herbager
Miss Swapsco
Northern Dancer Nearctic
Little Hut Occupy
Savage Beauty
Image Intensifier
Dancer's Image Native Dancer
Noors Image
Pat's Irish Tudor Minstrel
Snow Shower (Family: 7)

See also


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