Another Churchill Debut Winner for Classic Empire

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Ottoman Empire | Coady Photo

3rd-Churchill Downs, $101,886, Msw, 6-20, 2yo, 5f, :58.17, ft, 1 length.
OTTOMAN EMPIRE (c, 2, Classic Empire–Seven Stars, by Indygo Shiner) belied 13-1 odds to become the third winner–all under the Twin Spires–for champion juvenile and freshman sire Classic Empire (Pioneerof the Nile), who himself was a first-up graduate here in 2016. Away in midpack between rivals, the bay started to get going heading for home but still had his work cut out for him as James Graham tried to guide him out in the clear. Ottoman Empire leveled off in midstretch, struck the front late and was followed home by Texas Red Hot (Texas Red) en route to a one-length decision. The winner has a yearling half-sister by West Coast. He hails from the extended female family of MGISW Spain. Sales history: $120,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $57,488. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG
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