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Classic Empire Takes Breeder’s Cup Juvenile

Classic Empire Takes Breeder’s Cup Juvenile

Classic Empire put together a textbook run Saturday at the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile, staying just off the pace and putting together a stretch run that held off favorite Not This Time by a neck. The son of Pioneer of the Nile, the sire of American Pharoah, broke cleanly and stalked pace-setter Syndergaard for about six furlongs before making his move on the far turn. He clearly established himself as the front runner heading into the homestretch, then held off a…

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Golden Hawk is Grey

Golden Hawk is Grey

Golden Hawk won his second start in as many races as he won the Grade III Grey Stakes Saturday, cruising to a 5 1/4 length victory over Han Sense. The undefeated son of Tapit battled Han Sense for the early lead before stretching to a one-length lead on the backstretch. King and His Court and Night Watchman both took turns going at Golden Hawk, but he kept his lead. Heading into the homestretch, Golden Hawk found another gear and suddenly…

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Classic Empire Rebounds, Takes Breeder’s Futurity

Classic Empire Rebounds, Takes Breeder’s Futurity

Classic Empire bounced back from his disastrous showing in the Hopeful Stakes, winning by a convincing three lengths over a fast-closing Lookin at Lee. In the Hopeful Stakes, Classic Empire unseated his rider at the start of the race and did not finish the race, exhibiting signs of lameness. But the horse was fresh and looked impressive in the win, pulling away in the homestretch. Classic Empire stalked the leaders Wild Shot and Blame Will in third place, and then…

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Practical Joke Muddies Breeder’s Cup Juvenile

Practical Joke Muddies Breeder’s Cup Juvenile

The Breeder’s Cup Juvenile became even more convoluted Saturday as Practical Joke, who is not even nominated for the stakes, overcame a poor start and ran down favored Syndergaard by a nose in the prestigious Champagne Stakes. New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard, for whom Syndergaard is named, was on hand to witness the thrilling stretch run. Syndergaard had the lead for almost the entire race, battling it out with Big Gray Rocket in speedy fractions of 22.74 and 44.63…

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