It was just about a year ago that trainer Tom Amoss pulled off one of the greatest training feats of all time. Truly, one of the most remarkable turnarounds in the history of the Thoroughbred racing game.
His talented and speedy filly, Serengeti Empress, had just finished last in the G2 Fair Grounds Oaks. She had suddenly dropped from her familiar spot at the front of the field to the back of the pack with a sudden and rapid decent. She had suddenly dropped some blood in her regular breathing pattern. And, she had suddenly dropped from one of the major contenders for the Kentucky Oaks to a major question mark.
Could she compete in the G1 Kentucky Oaks in just a few weeks?
Could she compete again? As is ever?
Could she return to the top of her game?
Could she even return?
All Tom Amoss — the filly’s care-giver and best friend — could do was try.
All Serengeti Empress — one of the fastest and most gritty of gals to come along in years — could do was try.
As the story now shows, the two of them tried their very best, alright.
And, as the story now shows, things turned out all right.
Serengeti Empress did, in fact, return to run in the 2019 Kentucky Oaks. She took the lead early. She held the lead often. She won by nearly two lengths at the end.
From last to first. From worst to best. From despair to repair to victory.
Serengeti went on to race four more times in 2019. She ran second in the G1 Acorn Stakes and the G1 Test Stakes. She ran third in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
And, the 4YO daughter of Alternation has returned in fine form this year, too. After running second in the G3 Houston Ladies Classic, she won the G2 Azeri Stakes at Oaklawn on March 14. In her perfect style. From the gate to the wire.
It was just about a year ago that Tom Amoss pulled off a miracle.
Then again, he had a miracle horse.
Here’s Holly’s “Looks” at Serengeti Empress.
(Serengeti gets her bath before the 2019 Kentucky Oaks)
(Serengeti always a handful in the morning jogs, gallops and works, too)
(And, Serengeti returning to glorious glory in the 2019 Kentucky Oaks)