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Julien Leparoux celebrates as trainer Mark Casse leads Classic Empire to the winner's circle after the Juvenile.

World Championships
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Results

Date: 11/05/2016

Saturday Results Summary:   Juvenile Fillies   F&M Turf   Sprint   Turf Sprint   Juvenile   Turf   F&M Sprint   Mile   Classic
Friday Results Summary: Juvenile Turf  -  Juvenile Fillies Turf  -  Dirt Mile  -  Distaff
Entries   -   Monday Works   -   Tuesday Works   -   Wednesday Works   -   Thursday Works

The $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) features 2-year-old colts and geldings going 1 1/16 miles around two turns of Santa Anita's main track. Not This Time was sent off as the 5-2 favorite in the field of 11 off his win in the Iroquois Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs. In to challenge him included 9-2 second choice Classic Empire, winner of the Breeders Futurity (G2) at Keeneland, and 5-1 third choice Gormley, winner of the FrontRunner (G1), the main local prep.

Classic Empire leads in the stretch.

Jockey John Velazquez sent 13-2 Syndergaard to the front and he set fractions of 23.05 and 46.60 while pressed by Classic Empire and stalked by 15-2 Three Rules. On the far turn Classic Empire took over from the tiring Syndergaard through 3/4 in 1:10.48. Under Julien Leparoux, Classic Empire opened up a 2 length lead through 1 mile in 1:35.96. Not This Time, 6th early, came out 4 wide for room to close but just missed, as Classic Empire held on by a neck in 1:42.60. It was a long 7 1/2 lengths back to 8-1 Practical Joke third.

Classic Empire wins the Juvenile
Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 5   Classic Empire     Leparoux         11.00   5.00  3.80
10   Not This Time      Albarado                 4.60  3.40
 9   Practical Joke     Rosario                        4.60

Winning Time:  1:42.60

$1 Exacta 5-10                        19.70
$1 Trifecta 5-10-9                   144.70
$1 Superfecta 5-10-9-11            1,284.20
Results chart

Left: Classic Empire in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Julien Leparoux said, "I think you can see there is a big, big difference since the blinkers are on. He's way more focused. The first two starts he was not breaking sharp from the gate. Since we put blinkers, I mean, he's been pretty mean to race from the beginning. It's a big change, and he's a very, very nice horse. We go fast, but you don't feel like you go fast on him, so looking forward for next year for sure."

Right: The trophy presentation with owner John Oxley, trainer Mark Casse, and jockey Julien Leparoux. Oxley said, "This is unbelievable. It's what we"ve been hoping for for many years now, a horse that might replace Monarchos, whom we just lost. This horse is exceptional. I love him, but even more importantly, the jockey, Julien Leparoux, what a ride. Fantastic. Just perfect. It was flawless, and the team behind him, Mark Casse, Norman Casse, the entire organization works for each other. Also, to my sweet wife, Debbie, she brings luck to the team."

Left: Classic Empire heads out to the track before the race.

Right: Classic Empire heads back to the barn. Winning trainer Mark Casse said, "At the top of the lane I was a little worried because he'd never really opened up before too much, so I'm like, well, maybe. I don't know how much I want him to open up. Then I thought, well, he's going to win by a couple lengths, and then towards about 1/16 pole I may have said a bad word because I could see that horse coming. You know, we had run second with Valadorna in the Filly race, and she just couldn"t get up."

Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Not This Time returns for unsaddling. Jockey Robby Albarado said, "He was not all out today, but he galloped out well. He is an improving horse as this was just his fourth start. I look forward to the future. He'll be a nice horse next year." Trainer Dale Romans added, "There's no excuses. Perfect trip, the horse ran well, we just got beat by a real good horse in a fast time."

Right: Third place finisher Practical Joke gallops back. Jockey Joel Rosario said, "I had a good trip. On the first turn I had to take hold just a little bit, not much. Turning for home we went for it but the two in front were probably best today. In the last sixteenth they kind of got away from me."


The horses break from the gate for the Juvenile. Steve Asmussen, trainer of Lookin at Lee (11) said, "He tried. I thought he ran well. Two horses we've chased the last two times finished 1-2, so he's been keeping good company. Obviously, he looks like a horse where more distance will help him. We'll evaluate how he's doing and try to figure out how to get a good 3-year-old."

Saturday Results Summary:   Juvenile Fillies   F&M Turf   Sprint   Turf Sprint   Juvenile   Turf   F&M Sprint   Mile   Classic
Friday Results Summary: Juvenile Turf  -  Juvenile Fillies Turf  -  Dirt Mile  -  Distaff
Entries   -   Monday Works   -   Tuesday Works   -   Wednesday Works   -   Thursday Works

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