Description: Classic Empire (KY) B, C, foaled March 21, 2014 (Pioneerof the Nile - Sambuca Classica, by Cat Thief) remains at the head of his class with a determined victory in the 8.5 furlong $2 million Grade I Breeders' Cup World Championships Juvenile November 5, 2016 at Santa Anita Park. Jockey Julien Leparoux and Classic Empire pressed the pace set by Syndergaard from the start, moved up engage that one turning for home, shook clear at the quarter and bounded away. Not This Time raced in traffic up the back stretch, saved ground along the rail turning for home, came outside for the stretch drive and was coming fast. Classic Empire held sway to prevail by a neck at the line. It was 7 1/2 lengths back to Practical Joke for the show. Lookin At Lee was 4 1/4 lengths further back in fourth. The BC Juvenile is a Kentucky Derby Prep Season race and the first four finishers earned points on a scale of 20-8-4-2 towards a start in the Kentucky Derby May 6, 2017. Classic Empire is 4-0-0 from 5 starts. In his lone loss, he wheeled at the start and unseated Irad Ortiz Jr in the Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga September 5th. Classic Empire has earned $1,485,920 for his owner John Oxley. He was bred by Steven Nicholson & Brandi Nicholson and he is being trained by Mark Casse. Drawing by Daily Racing Funnies ®.
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