Elmont, NY (WFIE) - Kentucky Oaks winner, Serengeti Empress, who had her dominating, coming out party, in a 13 1/2 length win in the Ellis Park Debutante, last August, is preparing for her next challenge: the Grade-one, Acorn Stakes, at Belmont Park, Saturday.
Serengeti will take on eight other challengers, in the mile-long Acorn, which is part of the Belmont Stakes undercard. The Tom Amoss-trained filly, will be going for her sixth lifetime win, but she’ll have to do so, breaking from post one, right by the rail.
Serengeti Empress’s trainer, Tom Amoss said, “There’s certainly an expectation from Serengeti Empress and from our stable to show that despite a lot of really important wins, particularly the Kentucky Oaks, that she can keep doing it and keep doing it against top competition. We’re going to New York, they say the buildings get bigger there. We need to show that we can do it on the stage other than Kentucky."
The five-time winner’s most likely challengers, appear to be 2/1 morning line choice, Guavana, 9/2 choice, Ce Ce, and the 6/1 Cookie Dough, who just won the G2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, at Pimlico, three weeks ago.
Serengeti Empress comes in at 5/2 odds and will be ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr. in the Acorn. Approximate post time, is 2:20 CDT.