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Classic Empire

Trainer: Mark Casse
Jockey: Julien Leparoux
Owner: John C. Oxley

Foaling Date: 3-21-2014
Pedigree: Pioneerof the Nile - Sambuca Classica by Cat Thief
Dosage Profile: 4-4-4-0-0
Dosage Index / CD: 5.00   1.00
2016 Record: 5 Starts: 4 - 0 - 0, $1,485,920
Best Beyer Figure: 102

Note:   Classic Empire started 5 times as a 2 year old winning 4 of them including the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), Breeders' Futurity (G1) at Keeneland, and Bashford Manor (G3) at Churchill Downs. His one time out of the money was when he lost his rider at the start of the Hopeful Stakes. He made his 2017 debut at Gulfstream Park in the Holy Bull Stakes (G2) where he faded to a well beaten third. He redeemed himself by winning the Arkansas Derby (G1) for his final prep. In the Kentucky Derby (G1) he finished 4th beaten 8 3/4 lengths at odds of 13-2. In the Preakness Stakes (G1), sent off as ths 2-1 second choice, he hounded favorite Always Dreaming the whole way, led in the stretch but was caught late finishing second by a head. Was favored for the Belmont Stakes, but dropped out on draw day due to a foot abcess.

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