‘Special’ Kentucky Oaks Winner Serengeti Empress Targets Acorn

by | 05.11.2019 | 3:06pm
Serengeti Empress draped in a garland of Kentucky Oaks lilies

Joel Politi's Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) hero Serengeti Empress could target the $700,000 Acorn (GI) on the undercard of the June 8 Belmont Stakes, according to trainer Tom Amoss.

“She'll just do some light training at Churchill Downs the rest of the month and we'll look at (the Acorn) as a possible next target,” Amoss said. “It's been beyond words to describe the emotions of winning the Kentucky Oaks. It's been a complete team effort to even get to this point. The Churchill Downs turf course is only used for two races a year for a winner's circle celebration – the Kentucky Oaks and, of course, the Kentucky Derby. Being out on that turf course and hearing the roar of the crowd is indescribable. Then, looking to every side of me and seeing pure joy on everyone's faces is a feeling I wish everyone could experience.”

Serengeti Empress, a 3-year-old daughter of Alternation, was picked out by Amoss at the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale for $70,000.

“It's been so special to literally be a part of her entire career,” Amoss continued. “We picked her out as a yearling for a very reasonable cost. The average price that day at the sale was over six figures and we found her for $70,000. Then, seeing her develop as a 2-year-old and mature as a 3-year-old has been very special to say the least.”

Serengeti Empress is stabled in Barn 29 at Churchill Downs.

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