Kentucky Derby

Racing Dudes Top 20 Kentucky Derby Rankings #3

Mastery win G3 Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar for Bob Baffert - ©Benoit Photo
Mastery wins G3 Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar (©Benoit Photo)

5. Classic Empire

Derby Points/Rank: 32 – 1st

Race Record: (6) 4-0-1

Earnings: $1,520,220

Breeding: Pioneer of the Nile – Sambuca Classica

Owner: John Oxley

Trainer: Mark Casse

Last Race: Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park, Finished 3rd

Analysis: Uh oh…the Kentucky Derby picture was muddled to say the least when 2 year old champ Classic Empire was a poor third in the Holy Bull Stakes. It is way to early to give up on this horse yet as he was very hot before the race and did not want to load in the gate. However, it was not the kind of performance you want to see from the “Kentucky Derby favorite.” He’ll have to work his way up the ranks now after that kind of effort.

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