SERENGETI EMPRESS Romps in G2 Rachel Alexandra S.
Kicking off her 3-year-old campaign, SERENGETI EMPRESS proved she was ready to get back to racing with an impressive 4 1/2-length wire-to-wire win in the Grade 2 Rachel Alexandra S. at the Fair Grounds. A daughter from the second crop of ALTERNATION broken well from post three to seize the lead in this 1 1/16-mile prep for the March 23 Fair Grounds Oaks-G2. Under cruise control down the backstretch and around the far turn, SERENGETI EMPRESS responded when asked turning for home to be six lengths in front in upper stretch, then was eased up late to be much the best. Her final time of 1:44.74 was only .15 seconds off War of Will’s winning time in the G2 Risen Star S., the following race on the card. She earned 50 points towards the Longines Kentucky Oaks-G1 and is sitting in the #1 spot on the Kentucky Oaks Leaderboard with 60 points overall. SERENGETI EMPRESS ran her record to four wins in six starts and her wins last year included a record-breaking 19 1/2-length victory in Churchill Downs’ G2 Pocahontas S. Lifetime record: 6-4-0-0, $327,870. O-Joel Politi. B-Tri Eques Bloodstock, LLC. T-Tom Amoss.