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Serena's Song is favored today


NEW YORK -- Serena's Song, the filly star of the D. Wayne Lukas barn, will give her next performance en route to the filly championship when she runs today as the prohibitive favorite in the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont Park.

She has won seven straight races against fillies, a streak that was interrupted when she ran 16th against the colts in the Kentucky Derby.

But two weeks later, Serena's Song bounced back from that defeat to win the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico by nine lengths, and three weeks after that to capture the Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont by three lengths.

Now, in yet another Grade I stakes, she will race five other fillies at 1 1/4 miles in the Coaching Club American Oaks for a purse of $250,000 and absolute leadership in her year-long drive for the championship among 3-year-old fillies.

"She thrives on racing," said Todd Pletcher, who runs the Lukas barn in New York, "and, if anything, she's put on weight since the Mother Goose. She's been training at Belmont, and her latest workout shows that she's still at the top of her game."

Serena's Song held her last workout on Monday, breezing six furlongs in 1 minute, 13 4/5 seconds and shooting the final quarter-mile in 23.35 seconds. She will race as the 1-5 choice in the betting, with her main tests likely to come from John Kimmel's Golden Bri, who gave Serena's Song a run for it in the Mother Goose, and the Italo Erin Stable's Rogues Walk, trained by Angel Cordero Jr. and the winner of six of her seven starts.

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