Congratulations are in order for Serengeti Empress, the horse that just claimed this year’s Lillies for the Fillies. The 3-year-old filly ran the one and one-eight mile race in front of a crowd of 105,719 attendees, according to Churchill Downs. Serengeti Empress was bred right here in the Bluegrass.
At 18-1 odds, Serengeti Empress was clearly not considered a heavy favorite. From the 14-horse race, she was one of nine fillies with odds at or above 15-1. The final time clocked at 1:50.17
Serengeti Empress is owned by Joel Politi, with Jose L. Ortiz serving as the jockey. Tom Amoss works as the winning horse’s trainer, and he had “so many emotions” after Friday evening’s victory.
“Right now I’m thinking about my mom and dad. They’re 93 and 94; they’re watching at home,” Amoss said. “I’ve always wanted to do something like this for them. I got to do it in their lifetime. I’m overwhelmed — I really am.”
Behind Serengeti Empress, Liora ran second, Lady Apple was third and Champagne Anyone finished fourth.