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July 31, 1995 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Except for a couple of hiccups along the way, Serena's Song keeps responding to the challenges. The 3-year-old filly was introduced to another new track Sunday, was thrown into her 19th race in 13 months, and again was asked to beat males. She held off Pyramid Peak and earned $300,000 by winning the $500,000 Haskell Handicap at Monmouth Park. Now, Serena's Song may finally get a well-earned breather. The year-end goal is the $1-million Breeders' Cup Distaff, at Belmont Park on Oct.
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May 1, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is the Diversity Derby. There's something for everybody: * Three fillies--two of them horses, one a trainer. * Two geldings. * A California-bred. * A horse that has come all the way from Dubai. Actually, two came but only one, Worldly Manner, will run. Their owner, Sheik Mohammed al Maktoum, the crown prince of Dubai, scratched Aljabr on Friday. * And there's another horse in the field, Desert Hero, that runs for another prince, Ahmed Salman of Saudi Arabia.
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February 18, 1996 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nobody would like to see Serena's Song take on Cigar in the Santa Anita Handicap on March 2 more than Ron Ellis. The trainer has tried two of the country's top females--Exotic Wood and Twice The Vice--against the nation's best filly or mare in the last three weeks and he'd just as soon avoid facing her again. "I'd love to see her run [in the Big 'Cap]," said Ellis after Serena's Song's 10th Grade I victory in the $155,800 Santa Maria Handicap, a 1 1/4-length decision over Twice The Vice.
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April 29, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trainer Bob Baffert indicated Wednesday night, at the post-position draw, that his filly, Excellent Meeting, will run in Saturday's Kentucky Derby. "She will run in the Derby," Baffert said, but left himself an out by adding: "I've been known to change my mind." A full field of 20 horses was drawn, with Excellent Meeting getting a favorable No. 6 post.
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March 9, 1996 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If Wayne Lukas is to win the $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap for the third time on Sunday, the trainer is going to have to do it with Biltmore Breeze. Certain to be one of the longest shots in the field of eight, Biltmore Breeze will be making her stakes debut in the Grade I race while a more famous 4-year-old filly sits this one out. After keeping many guessing all week, Lukas didn't enter Serena's Song in the Santa Margarita.
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November 10, 1996 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
How Serena's Song became the all-time leading money-winning female thoroughbred Saturday at Churchill Downs wasn't exactly what owners Bob and Beverly Lewis and trainer Wayne Lukas had in mind. They hoped the 4-year-old daughter of Rahy would verify her 1-2 odds and roll past the opposition in the $200,000 Churchill Downs Distaff. Instead, she lost for the seventh consecutive time and only held on to second by a nose, earning $45,040 and moving past Dance Smartly on the money list.
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May 20, 1995 | BILL CHRISTINE
Serena's Song, racing again less than two weeks after her 16th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby, rolled to a nine-length victory Friday in the $200,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico. Back in her own division, Serena's Song was in second place, behind Rare Opportunity, until just before the quarter pole. She came home under Gary Stevens, finishing in 1:48 2/5 for 1 1/8 miles.
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May 6, 1995
Two thumbs up to Wayne Lukas for running Serena's Song in the Kentucky Derby, and two big thumbs down to Bill Christine's column calling for Lukas to run her in the Kentucky Oaks instead. Running in the Oaks is common sense, easy money for a great filly, but skipping the Oaks and winning the Kentucky Derby is about doing the wrong thing at the right time. It's a genuine risk, but somebody's got to take it. DOUG M. LITTLETON San Marino I know nothing of horses, only a little of the ballet.
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May 1, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is the Diversity Derby. There's something for everybody: * Three fillies--two of them horses, one a trainer. * Two geldings. * A California-bred. * A horse that has come all the way from Dubai. Actually, two came but only one, Worldly Manner, will run. Their owner, Sheik Mohammed al Maktoum, the crown prince of Dubai, scratched Aljabr on Friday. * And there's another horse in the field, Desert Hero, that runs for another prince, Ahmed Salman of Saudi Arabia.
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April 29, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trainer Bob Baffert indicated Wednesday night, at the post-position draw, that his filly, Excellent Meeting, will run in Saturday's Kentucky Derby. "She will run in the Derby," Baffert said, but left himself an out by adding: "I've been known to change my mind." A full field of 20 horses was drawn, with Excellent Meeting getting a favorable No. 6 post.
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November 14, 1996 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Serena's Song, who became thoroughbred racing's all-time leading female money earner when second in last Saturday's Churchill Downs Distaff, has been retired. Owners Bob and Beverly Lewis and trainer Wayne Lukas made the decision Wednesday morning. "She's done everything she can possibly do. There are no more worlds to conquer. The only thing left is to put that plaque on the wall at Saratoga," said Lukas, in reference to Serena's Song's eventual induction into racing's Hall of Fame.
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November 10, 1996 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
How Serena's Song became the all-time leading money-winning female thoroughbred Saturday at Churchill Downs wasn't exactly what owners Bob and Beverly Lewis and trainer Wayne Lukas had in mind. They hoped the 4-year-old daughter of Rahy would verify her 1-2 odds and roll past the opposition in the $200,000 Churchill Downs Distaff. Instead, she lost for the seventh consecutive time and only held on to second by a nose, earning $45,040 and moving past Dance Smartly on the money list.
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October 19, 1996 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first time that Yanks Music ran this year, a trainer with another horse in the race was raving about his filly to Leo O'Brien. "She'll have to be good," said O'Brien, who trains Yanks Music, "because my filly's a Grade I filly." That spring day at Aqueduct, Yanks Music won by 5 1/2 lengths for her third consecutive win. That streak ended a month later, but other than two second-place finishes, O'Brien's 3-year-old has won everything else.
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July 21, 1996 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lady's Secret or Serena's Song? For Wayne Lukas, who trained them both, it's no contest. "When I had Lady's Secret, I thought I'd never have another like her," Lukas said. "I thought she was the ultimate horse. But now I have to say that Serena's Song is the best I've ever had." Then Lukas says why. "Durability," he said. "All the tracks she's run over. Coast-to-coast campaigns. What she's done against males. And now she's closing in on the money record. There are so many pluses."
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March 9, 1996 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If Wayne Lukas is to win the $300,000 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap for the third time on Sunday, the trainer is going to have to do it with Biltmore Breeze. Certain to be one of the longest shots in the field of eight, Biltmore Breeze will be making her stakes debut in the Grade I race while a more famous 4-year-old filly sits this one out. After keeping many guessing all week, Lukas didn't enter Serena's Song in the Santa Margarita.
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March 3, 1996 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Serena's Song may be the best horse Wayne Lukas has trained, but she was no different Saturday than any of the other fillies and mares who have run in the Santa Anita Handicap. She didn't win. Ladies have now tried Santa Anita's most famous race 40 times without success. Only four, in fact, have finished second or third.
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July 9, 1995 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Serena's Song's weakness has been discovered. The nation's top 3-year-old filly doesn't really want to run 1 1/4 miles. The excuse at the Kentucky Derby was the pace was too fast when she finished 16th in her first try at the distance, but there were no excuses when she was upset by Golden Bri in the $250,000 Coaching Club American Oaks on Saturday at Belmont Park.
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July 21, 1996 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lady's Secret or Serena's Song? For Wayne Lukas, who trained them both, it's no contest. "When I had Lady's Secret, I thought I'd never have another like her," Lukas said. "I thought she was the ultimate horse. But now I have to say that Serena's Song is the best I've ever had." Then Lukas says why. "Durability," he said. "All the tracks she's run over. Coast-to-coast campaigns. What she's done against males. And now she's closing in on the money record. There are so many pluses."
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February 18, 1996 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nobody would like to see Serena's Song take on Cigar in the Santa Anita Handicap on March 2 more than Ron Ellis. The trainer has tried two of the country's top females--Exotic Wood and Twice The Vice--against the nation's best filly or mare in the last three weeks and he'd just as soon avoid facing her again. "I'd love to see her run [in the Big 'Cap]," said Ellis after Serena's Song's 10th Grade I victory in the $155,800 Santa Maria Handicap, a 1 1/4-length decision over Twice The Vice.
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February 15, 1996 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Serena's Song, the nation's top filly or mare, will be busy this Saturday, and she might also be working 14 days later. After skipping last Sunday's La Canada Stakes after making a successful 1996 debut in the Santa Monica Handicap, Saturday's Santa Maria Handicap was the logical destination for the 4-year-old daughter of Rahy.
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