10/23/2017 3:12PM

Beverly Lewis, owned champions Serena's Song, Silver Charm, and Charismatic, dies at 90


Beverly Lewis, who with her late husband Bob campaigned Hall of Famer Serena’s Song and the dual classic-winning champions Silver Charm and Charismatic, died Oct. 20 at age 90.

The Lewises, who purchased their first horses together in 1990, were honored with the 1997 Eclipse Award of Merit, and also won the 1995 Big Sport of Turfdom Award.

Serena's Song earned Eclipse Award outstanding filly honors for a 1995 3-year-old campaign in which she regularly faced males, becoming the first female to win the Haskell Invitational and starting as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby. Her championship season also included Grade 1 victories in the Beldame, Gazelle, Mother Goose, Santa Anita Oaks, and Las Virgenes. Also a Grade 1 winner at ages 2 and 4, she retired with 11 total Grade 1 victories, and her bankroll of $3,286,388 was then a record for an American filly or mare. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002.

The Lewises, in partnership with Overbrook Farm and Gainesway Thoroughbreds, campaigned 1994 champion juvenile male Timber Country, who went on to win the 1995 Preakness Stakes. They campaigned 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Silver Charm, who went on to win the 1998 Dubai World Cup, and the 1999 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Charismatic, who suffered a career-ending injury when third in the Belmont Stakes. Both colts were divisional Eclipse champions, and Charismatic was also voted Horse of the Year.

The Lewises’ fourth classic winner was 2000 Belmont Stakes winner Commendable, and they also campaigned 2002 champion sprinter Orientate and 2005 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner and champion Folklore.

Beverly Lewis was also active in industry philanthropy, serving on the board of the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation, which assists backstretch employees. She also supported Thoroughbred aftercare, with a family foundation setting up endowments to ensure the long-term care of Silver Charm and Charismatic, both repatriated to Old Friends in Kentucky upon their pensioning from stud duties in Japan.

A memorial service for Lewis is scheduled for Nov. 6 in California.