Longines Distaff Division
TrainerThomas M. Amoss
BreederTri Eques Bloodstock, LLC
Horses speak to those who listen and Serengeti Empress made a profound statement prior to her Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) victory. Her connections were willing to bypass the race after a disappointing performance in the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2), but she displayed such enthusiasm during training that they reconsidered.
Trainer Tom Amoss wanted to show her fans that she was race ready, so he made a video for social media. Her rider misunderstood the instructions and took her an extra lap around Churchill Downs to Amoss’ surprise and later delight.
"She talked to me that morning and said, 'I'm going to be OK,'” Amoss said at the post-Kentucky Oaks news conference. “If my exercise rider hadn't made that mistake, I was getting ready to call (owner Joel Politi) and say, ‘Let’s just leave the race alone.’ But when she came back around and looked as good as she did, I changed my mind, and we took it day to day from there."
Since winning the 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Oaks, Serengeti Empress has cut back in distance, finishing second in the one-mile Acorn Stakes (G1) at Belmont June 8 and second in the seven-furlong Test Stakes (G1) Aug. 3 after a hard-fought battle with Covfefe. With her versatility, her connections need to decide between the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) or the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1).
Politi developed his love of racing through his father, a physician who dabbled with inexpensive racehorses on the West Virginia circuit. He named Serengeti Empress’ as a nod to the lyrics of the 1981 hit song “Africa.”
Politi purchased her at the 2017 Keeneland September yearling sale for $70,000. Tri Eques Bloodstock, a small partnership that includes Val Henson, a maintenance employee at Taylor Made Farm near Lexington, Kentucky, bred her and sold her for $25,000 at the 2016 Keeneland November mixed sale.
- September 19, 2019
Preakness Stakes Winner War of Will Leads Pennsylvania Derby and Undefeated Guarana Headlines Cotillion Stakes on Saturday from Parx Racing Live on NBC at 5 P.M. ET
The $1 million Pennsylvania Derby for 3-year-olds, led by Preakness Stakes winner War of Will, and the $1 million Cotillion Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, led by the undefeated Guarana headline the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series – Presented by America’s Best Racing” broadcast this Saturday, Sept. 21 live on NBC at 5 p.m. ET from Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa.
- November 2, 2019
Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize shot to the lead at the top of the stretch and withstood a late run from the favored Midnight Bisou to champion Saturday's $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) at Santa Anita Park.
- October 29, 2019
This race is all about Midnight Bisou, who is still very much in the running for Horse of the Year honors. The undefeated filly drew post 11 for this year’s running after finishing third in the event last season. The $2,000,000 Longines Distaff is set for race 10 on Saturday, November 2, at Santa Anita Park and will be contested at 1 1/8 miles.