Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Watch Live Racing FREE!
Sign-up now and Watch every Race Live and Free on your Phone!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: AAP

Serengeti Empress has dispelled questions about her health and ability with a signature performance in the biggest race of her career.

The filly led all the way to win the $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks (1800m) by 1-3/4 lengths over Liora on Friday (Saturday AEST) at Churchill Downs.

The start featured a scary moment when Positive Spirit fell and threw jockey Manny Franco after clipping heels as the 14-horse field squeezed together from the barriers.

Both horse and rider were able to get up and walk off the track.

Ridden by Jose Ortiz, Serengeti Empress started from gate 13 and took the lead by the first turn and kept it up despite Liora’s late attempt to close the gap.

The winner rebounded from a seventh in the Fair Grounds Oaks during which she bled to win the 145th running of North America’s premier race for three-year-old fillies.

Serengeti Empress earned her second graded win in three starts this year and third overall in eight career races, and gave trainer Tom Amoss his first Kentucky Oaks victory.

“I have had all the sacrifices all trainers have,” Amoss said.

“I got to taste the sweet, sweet drink of the Kentucky Oaks and I want more. This is awesome.”

Sixth-placed Jaywalk was later disqualified for causing the incident at the start after stewards determined she took Positive Spirit’s path and forced her onto heels.

Positive Spirit’s spill and Serengeti Empress’ recovery for an easy victory comes soon after the industry enacted a raft of medication and safety rules changes following the deaths of 23 horses over three months at California’s Santa Anita Park.

After her bleeding attack, Serengeti Empress was eventually cleared medically to run in the Oaks after several work-outs, and ran in the Oaks on the medication Lasix.

 
*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Peter Moody

Peter Moody confirms plans to train again

Peter Moody has confirmed his plans to return to the Victorian training ranks with a boutique stable at Pakenham. Moody...

Watch: Boom NZ 3YO Catalyst misses jump still wins easily

Boom three-year-old gelding Catalyst has overcome a slow start to still win easily at Ellerslie in the Mr Tiz Trophy....

Danny Nikolic

Danny Nikolic jockey application hoax exposed

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission has quickly dismissed a hoax regarding the licensing of former jockey Danny Nickolic. The former...

Watch: Massive plunge on first starter beaten in photo

Punters were on the floor after the first at Tamworth on Thursday after a massive plunge on a Paul Messara...

Godolphin say no more Bull

Popular Godolphin sprinter Osborne Bulls has been retired as a multiple Group One placegetter. Godolphin announced on Wednesday the six-year-old...

Leading Australian sire forced to retire

Arrowfield stallion Not A Single Doubt has been retired from active duty and is under veterinary care for pulmonary disease....

Watch: Track invader narrowly missed by horses

A track invader at Cranbourne on Friday night was narrowly missed by horses in the last race on the card....

Racehorse dead and another euthanised after property investigation

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission has confirmed a registered racehorse has died and another has been euthanised after investigations at...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

 
 
Copyright © 2020 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.