Serengeti Empress Coming To Hand Quickly For Amoss; Oaks Winner Targeting Houston Ladies Classic

by | 01.14.2020 | 2:12pm

2019 Kentucky Oaks winner Serengeti Empress has only worked twice since finishing third in the Breeders' Cup Distaff on Nov. 2, but the 4-year-old daughter of Alternation is already showing signs that she's ready to run. Trainer Tom Amoss told that the filly will target the Jan. 26 Houston Ladies Classic at Sam Houston for her 2020 debut.

“The way she worked, the way she came out of the work, the way she's eating and how she looks – everything points in the right direction,” Amoss told

A five-time winner from 12 starts, Serengeti Empress has earned $1.4 million for owner Joel Politi. The speedy filly hasn't won since the 2019 Kentucky Oaks, but ran second in the G1 Acorn and G1 Test this season.

Out of the Bernardini mare Havisham, the filly was a $70,000 yearling at the Keeneland September sale.

Also expected to make her 2020 debut in the Houston Ladies Classic will be G1 Cotillion winner Street Band, for trainer Larry Jones, and possibly G3 Remington Oaks winner Lady Apple for trainer Steve Asmussen.


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