Like any sport, strategy is a big part of Thoroughbred racing. Trainers alter their plans based on distances, track conditions, field size, weather, and of course other factors. But then again there are those times when you throw the playbook out the window and just go with what you know.

Serengeti Empress is one talented runner. A fantastically fast four-year old female, the 2019 Kentucky Oaks champ flat toted the mail in her last race. In the Azeri Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 14, this Tom Amoss trainee broke like a bat out of Hades and never looked back. Leading every step of the way, the Empress was more than royal as she cruised home 6 ¼ lengths ahead of a very talented group of graded stakes winners.

Now in search of another grade 1 triumph, Amoss has kept her fleet feet at Oaklawn with the April 18 Apple Blossom in their sights. Question is… how does the winner of over $1.7 million replicate that rousing performance from her last race?

“There is no secret strategy here,” proclaims Amoss. “We are gonna send her from the gate and go to the front. Our instructions to (jockey) Joe (Talamo) will be make the lead.”

A rich and talented field will line up for this historic race for older females. The accomplished list of winners includes names like Midnight Bisou, Forever Unbridled, Zenyatta, Untapable, and Azeri, just to name a few.

Nobody knows and loves Serengeti Empress more than Amoss. His complete dedication landed her in the lilies on Oaks day last year when she was out front gate to wire off the injured reserve. Recognizing her courage and scintillating speed, the New Orleans based trainer has his game plan. Now it simply boils down to the key to any successful strategy…execution.