SERENGETI EMPRESS Close Runner-Up in $300,000 G3 Houston Ladies Classic

SERENGETI EMPRESS pushed her earnings over the $1.5 million mark with a narrow runner-up, just 1/2 length back, in the $300,000 Houston Ladies Classic S.-G3 to kick off her 4-year-old campaign. A 2019 Eclipse Award Finalist for 3-Year-Old Filly, the daughter of ALTERNATION broke from the inside post for the fourth time in her last five starts. She assumed her usual position as the pacesetter with a rival tracking her on the outside just a length back in this 1 1/16-mile test. She disposed of her early foe on the far turn, but was joined by another at the top of the stretch and the two battled to the wire just getting nipped in the final strides. In her final race of 2019, SERENGETI EMPRESS placed in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff-G1 behind 2019 Eclipse Finalist for Older Dirt Female Blue Prize (AG) and 2019 Champion Older Dirt Female Midnight Bisou. Last year she won the Kentucky Oaks-G1 (pictured) and finished runner-up to Champion 3-Year-Old Filly Covfefe in the seven-furlong Test S.-G1, beaten 1/2 length, and in the Acorn S.-G1. Lifetime record: 13-5-3-1, $1,521,520. O-Joel Politi. B-Tri Eques Bloodstock, LLC. T-Tom Amoss.