Frontrunning Tactics Pays Off for Serengeti Empress in Kentucky Oaks

Serengeti Empress winning the Kentucky Oaks (G1) - Coady Photography A bold, frontrunning gambit paid off for Serengeti Empress in the $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) on May 3 at Churchill Downs, surprising many handicappers who were expecting anything but a gate-to-wire winner. A full field of 14 3-year-old fillies, many of them speedy frontrunners or pace-pressers, lined up to contest 145th running of the Kentucky Oaks, so a fast and contested pace was widely expected. But when [...]

Serengeti Empress Stands Out in Fair Grounds Oaks

Serengeti Empress winning the Ellis Park Debutante Stakes - Coady Photography The Road to the Kentucky Oaks continues on Saturday with the $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) at (where else?) Fair Grounds, a very productive race that has churned out four Kentucky Oaks winners since 2008. All eyes will be on #2 Serengeti Empress in this 1 1/16-mile race, and deservedly so. Trained by Tom Asmoss, the daughter of Alternation is a three-time graded stakes winner and [...]

Serengeti Empress Scores Breathtaking Victory in Pocahontas Stakes

Serengeti Empress winning the Pocahontas Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Perhaps it’s too early in the season to declare any two-year-old filly to be a superstar in the making. Perhaps it would be better to reserve judgment and let a few more major races unfold before we crown the division champion. But my goodness, what kind of a performance did we witness from Serengeti Empress in Saturday’s $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill [...]

Why I’m Betting Serengeti Empress in the Pocahontas Stakes

Serengeti Empress winning the Ellis Park Debutante Stakes - Coady Photography It’s a simple question—will anyone defeat #1 Serengeti Empress in Saturday’s $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs? In my opinion, the answer is pretty simple as well—no. No one will defeat Serengeti Empress. Okay, maybe that statement is a little bit bold, but consider it a concise way of stating that I really like the chances of Serengeti Empress in the Pocahontas Stakes, which serves [...]

Shapiro’s Thoughts and Suggested Wager for Friday’s Pick 5 Carryover at Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs - Coady Photography I failed to take advantage of the six-figure Pick 6 carryover with a mandatory payout yesterday at Churchill Downs, but hopefully I can make up for my subpar handicapping on Thursday evening with a strong effort in the late Pick 5 on Friday. No one hit the early Pick 5 yesterday in Louisville, so that means there is a $35,689 carryover in the sequence that commences in Race 5 and ends in Race [...]