2017 Ark Derby – Post Race

Track playing fast.

Classic Empire was settled further off the early lead as compared to his last few efforts. He was between horses for the first half of the race down on the back side, was eased back and around to commence his drive and slowly moved into contention turning for home. Battled with the leader (Conquest Mo Money)  into the stretch and wrangled the lead midstretch to win in the late stages. This race surely marks Classic Empire as one of the favorites in Kentucky and for good reason. He showed a lot of fire through the stretch and he turned in a solid finishing fraction of :12 2/5ths. Also seems to be peaking now!

Conquest Mo Money turned in a dynamite race as he battled on the lead for much of the race and was still there battling in the late stages to earn the place spot. Not sure if he gets better off this effort because it seemed like the type of effort that will tax a horse considering his next start. Perhaps the works heading into the Derby will give us a better idea. One thing is for sure and that is Mo can rattle. He has heart and tenacity and although he is not nominated to the Kentucky Derby he can be the main challenger at the Preakness!

Overall, this Derby prep was the fastest finish of any of the Derby preps as the winner finished in :12 seconds which makes me think that there is a very good chance that the Derby winner is coming out of this race and perhaps horses like Looking at Lee and even Soneteer can hit the board to finish some great payouts!

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