SERENGETI EMPRESS Gutsy Runner-Up in G1 Acorn
Kentucky Oaks-G1 winner SERENGETI EMPRESS cut back to a one turn mile and gave the eventual winner eight pounds in her runner-up performance in the $700,000 Acorn S.-G1 on the Belmont Stakes undercard. The 3-year-old filly from the second crop of ALTERNATION broke in sharply from the inside post and was hustled up to grab the early lead. She set a pressured pace until disposing of the early challenger going into the turn. On the lead she set fractions of :21 4/5, :43 4/5 and hit the top of the stretch in 1:08. SERENGETI EMPRESS continued to battle down the lane with the final time of the race setting a new stakes record and she finished more than two lengths in front of the third-place finisher. Lifetime record: 9-5-1-0, $1,167,120. O-Joel Politi. B-Tri Eques Bloodstock, LLC. T-Tom Amoss.