Classic Empire's Classy Edition Remains Perfect in Key Cents


Classy Edition | Chelsea Durand

Classy Edition took her record to a perfect three-for-three and earned the second stakes victory of her career in the Key Cents S. at Aqueduct Sunday. The bay filly was outfooted in the early strides and raced near the back of the pack before rushing up three wide to be mid-pack down the backstretch. She ranged up five wide at the top of the lane, took charge with a furlong to run and strolled clear to the wire.

“It went pretty smoothly,” said winning trainer Todd Pletcher. “It looked like a race on paper that had plenty of pace. The main thing is we just wanted to keep her clean and out of trouble and Irad [Ortiz, Jr.] was able to do that. We had to sacrifice a little bit of ground, but she was able to get into a good, comfortable rhythm.”

Ortiz added, “She broke a step slow, but she put me in the race quick and after that I just waited in the turn. She's the type of filly that needs a little time to get going. She probably wants to go a little farther, but she kept coming and she got there on time. At the quarter-pole, she went by and she just kept going. She's a nice filly.”

Classy Edition was tabbed a 'TDN Rising Star' following a 6 3/4-length romp versus state-bred foes in her 5 1/2-furlong bow at Saratoga Sept. 5 and she followed up with another dominant performance when an eight-length winner of the seven-furlong Joe A Gimma S. at Belmont Sept. 24.

Of possible next starts for Classy Edition, Pletcher said, “We'll see what other options we have now and what we'll do with her for the winter. We're looking forward to stretching her out because I think she ultimately wants two turns.”

Newbie produced a colt by American Pharoah in 2020. She was bred to Laoban in 2021. Click for the chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

KEY CENTS S., $100,000, Aqueduct, 11-21, (S), 2yo, f, 6f, 1:12.19, ft.
1–CLASSY EDITION, 122, f, 2, by Classic Empire
                1st Dam: Newbie, by Bernardini
                2nd Dam: Changeisgonnacome, by Cherokee Run
                3rd Dam: Top Tip, by Lost Code
'TDN Rising Star' ($550,000 2yo '21 EASMAY). O-Lawana L. &
   Robert E. Low; B-Chester & Mary R. Broman (NY); T-Todd A.
   Pletcher; J-Irad Ortiz, Jr. $55,000. Lifetime Record: 3-3-0-0,
   $184,250. *1/2 to Newly Minted (Central Banker), MSW,
   $516,738; and to New Girl in Town (Boys At Tosconova), MSP,
2–Captainsdaughter, 120, f, 2, Midshipman–Joan's Rose, by
Service Stripe. O-Joseph Birnbaum; B-Ocean View Stable (NY);
T-Russell J. Cash. $20,000.
3–Shesawildjoker, 122, f, 2, Practical Joke–Tarquinia, by
Speightstown. ($80,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP). O-Joseph Bucci;
B-Three Diamonds Farm (NY); T-David G. Donk. $12,000.
Margins: 3HF, NK, HF. Odds: 0.95, 50.75, 38.25.
Also Ran: Silver Fist, Cupid's Heart, Tosconova Beauty, Makin My Move, Miss Alacrity.

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