Joel Politi's Serengeti Empress came out of her gritty second-place finish to Covfefe in the Grade 1 Longines Test last week in good order and will now target the Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion on September 21 at Parx, trainer Tom Amoss said.
The three-time graded stakes-winner, who captured the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks on May 3 at Churchill Downs, dueled with Covfefe down the lane in the seven-furlong Test on August 3 at Saratoga, finishing a half-length back to the winner, with third-place finisher Bellafina a further 8 ¾ lengths back.
It marked the second straight competitive runner-up effort for Serengeti Empress, who ran second to Guarana in the Grade 1 Acorn on Belmont Stakes Day, June 8.
“We're really proud of her. She ran really well and I think her, along with the winner Covfefe, put on a great show,” Amoss said. “I'm disappointed she ran second but that's just how it goes. She came out of the race in good shape and we're pointing her to the Cotillion. She'll go back home to Louisville to prepare for that.”
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