SERENGETI EMPRESS Takes Down Ballerina-G1 in a Gutsy Performance
SERENGETI EMPRESS, a 4-year-old filly by ALTERNATION, is now a Grade 1 winner sprinting and over a route of ground after a strong finish on the Ballerina S.-G1 at Saratoga, a “Win and You’re In” race for the seven-furlong Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint-G1 at Keeneland. After breaking slowly from the inside post, she was rushed up to secure the top spot early. Setting internal fractions of :21 3/5, :43 3/5, and 1:08 1/5, SERENGETI EMPRESS still had plenty left to fend off Bellafina on her way to winning by a length in 1:21 3/5 for the seven furlongs. Earlier this year she won Oaklawn’s $350,000 Azeri S.-G2 by 6 1/4 lengths. In 2019, SERENGETI EMPRESS was an Eclipse Award finalist for 3YO Filly, won the Kentucky Oaks-G1, and finished runner-up to Champion 3YO Filly/Champion Female Sprinter Covfefe in the seven-furlong Test S.-G1, only beaten 1/2 length, and in the Acorn S.-G1. Lifetime record: 17-7-3-1, $1,907,653. O-Joel Politi. B-Tri Eques Bloodstock, LLC. T-Tom Amoss.