Oaks Winner Serengeti Empress Will Stick To One Turn For Now

by | 06.30.2019 | 4:09pm
Serengeti Empress draped in a garland of Kentucky Oaks lilies

Trainer Tom Amoss posted on Twitter Sunday that his Kentucky Oaks-winning filly Serengeti Empress will make her next start in another one-turn race, following her hard-fought second in the one-mile G1 Acorn. The 3-year-old daughter of Alternation is being pointed to the G1 Test Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 3.

Serengeti Empress, owned by Joel Politi, won the Kentucky Oaks off a disappointing and uncharacteristic off-the-board finish in the Fair Grounds Oaks. After that race, Amoss discovered that the filly had suffered an episode of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH), and the trainer took significant precautions in ensuring that the filly was ready for the first Friday in May.

Guarana, who defeated Serengeti Empress by six lengths in the Acorn, is also being considered for a start in the Test, reported trainer Chad Brown.

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