Epicharis Vs Classic Empire: Belmont Stakes 2017
The possible Belmont Stakes field includes: Classic Empire, Conquest Mo Money, Epicharis, Gormley, Irap, J Boys Echo, Lookin At Lee, Meantime, Multiplier, Patch, Senior Investment, Tapwrit, and Twisted Tom.
Epicharis the Japanese colt by Gold Allure, a son of the legendary 1989 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Sunday Silence is ready for the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 10.
Epicharis will spend the next week in quarantine and is scheduled to arrive at Belmont Park on June 1.
On Wednesday, Epicharis worked 5 furlongs over the uphill woodchip course and will do the same again on Sunday.
Epicharis was undefeated as a 2-year-old in Japan, as a 3-year-old, Epicharis won the Hyacinth at Tokyo in February
and suffered the only loss of his career with a valiant second to Thunder Snow in the March 25 UAE Derby at Meydan Racecourse
Classic Empire (foaled March 21, 2014) was named the American Champion Two-Year-Old Male Horse of 2016 after winning the Breeders’ Futurity Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. After several setbacks at the start of his three-year-old campaign, he won the Arkansas Derby, finished a troubled fourth in the Kentucky Derby, then second by a head in the Preakness Stakes.
He is by Pioneerof the Nile, best known as the sire of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. Classic Empire’s dam, Sambuca Classica, was winless on the racetrack but came from distinguished bloodlines. She had already produced two stakes winners before foaling Classic Empire.
Norm Casse discusses Classic Empire’s loss in the Preakness Stakes
Classic Empire in the Arkansas Derby
Belmont Stakes: The Third Leg of the Elusive Triple Crown Here is the hallowed ground where Man o’ War left the crowd in awe, breaking the American record while being eased under the wire—and where Secretariat pounded the dirt to thundering acclaim and scored a 31-length victory in world record time.