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Keeneland September Sale Graduates, Led by Serengeti Empress, Sweep Top Six Spots in Kentucky Oaks

May 3, 2019

Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduates, led by gate-to-wire winner Serengeti Empress, captured the top six spots in today’s $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs.  

Finishing second through sixth were LioraLady AppleChampagne AnyoneBellafina and Jaywalk.

Serengeti Empress

Winner Serengeti Empress is a graduate of two Keeneland sales. Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, consigned the daughter of Alternation as a weanling to the 2016 November Breeding Stock Sale, where she sold to Dixon Enterprises for $25,000. Owner Joel Politi purchased her for $70,000 from the consignment of Brookdale Sales, agent, at the 2017 September Sale. 

Serengeti Empress becomes the third consecutive Keeneland sales graduate and 13th since 1994 to win the Kentucky Oaks. Abel Tasman won the filly classic in 2017 and Monomoy Girl won last year, both earning Eclipse Awards as champion 3-year-old filly. Others include Racing Hall of Famer Ashado and Belmont (G1) winner and champion Rags to Riches.