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Breeders' Futurity

Keeneland 10–4–2–1 October 8, 2016

The Breeders’ Futurity Stakes at Keeneland Racecourse held the fourth date along the Road to the Kentucky Derby. As a prestigious challenge for two-year-old colts, the Breeders’ Futurity offered a competitive field of 12.

Talented runner Classic Empire opened the race as the 5/2 favorite, which placed him just ahead of Gunnevera at odds of 4/1. Trailing them in odds value was Bitumen at 9/2 and both Singing Bullet and Holiday Bonus held 8/1 odds. The remainder of the 2016 Breeders’ Futurity field provided long odds, it truly felt like a three-horse race.

The race didn’t unfold that way.

Wild Shot was the early pace setter as the pack ticked off fractions of :23.38 at the quarter, :46.63 at the half-mile and 1:11.17 at the three-quarters pole. It was a tightly packed field, but Gunnevera and Bitumen were well off the mark as they held position in the rear.

At the top of the stretch Lookin At Lee hit the throttle to emerge from the back of the pack, but couldn’t maintain enough momentum to catch Classic Empire and placed second. Classic Empire unleashed his trademark closing speed and overwhelmed the field with a winning time of 1:43.41 to take the 2016 Breeders’ Futurity Stakes. He would pass the front running Wild Shot who was able to grind out for third.

"Today he broke sharp and was all business. He ran a big race," Jockey Julien Leparoux gleamed about 2016 Breeders’ Futurity Stakes winner Classic Empire. "I was a bit surprised to be where I was, but he did it easy and he was happy where he was. He got a little bit tired at the end, but he hasn't been running for a while, so we expected that."

Classic Empire earned a 94 BRIS speed rating and paid $5.20, $4.20, and $3.60 at 8/5 odds on a $2 bet. Lookin At Lee brought in $12.00 and $8.00 at odds of 18/1, and Wild Shot was a wild show-bet returning $18.20 at long odds of 42/1.

Play
Results Win Place Show
11

Classic Empire 8-5

$5.20 $4.20 $3.40
12

Lookin At Lee 18-1

  $12.00 $8.00
8

Wild Shot 42-1

    $18.20
Payouts
Double 10/11 $239.90
Exacta 11/12 $41.10
Pick 3 1/10/11 $665.10
Superfecta 11/12/8/9 $695.70
Trifecta 11/12/8 $435.65

Entries

1 Bitumen
Ridden by Corey J. Lanerie
Trained by Eddie Kenneally

Current Odds

6-1
ML 9-2

Wagers

$51,989

Entries

2 Gunnevera
Ridden by Jesus M. Rios
Trained by Antonio Sano

Current Odds

7-1
ML 4-1

Wagers

$43,762

Entries

3 Singing Bullet
Ridden by Jose Lezcano
Trained by Dale L. Romans

Current Odds

8-1
ML 8-1

Wagers

$40,854

Entries

4 Perro Rojo
Ridden by Luis Saez
Trained by Nicholas P. Zito

Current Odds

58-1
ML 20-1

Wagers

$6,424

Entries

5 Tiz Trevor
Ridden by Ty Kennedy
Trained by Jason G. Cook

Current Odds

99-1
ML 50-1

Wagers

$3,569

Entries

6 Blame Will
Ridden by Robby Albarado
Trained by D. Wayne Lukas

Current Odds

12-1
ML 12-1

Wagers

$29,081

Entries

7 Holiday Bonus
Ridden by Jose L. Ortiz
Trained by H. Graham Motion

Current Odds

7-1
ML 8-1

Wagers

$43,902

Entries

8 Wild Shot
Ridden by Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.
Trained by George R. Arnold, II

Current Odds

42-1
ML 15-1

Wagers

$8,683

Entries

9 No Dozing
Ridden by Joe Bravo
Trained by Arnaud Delacour

Current Odds

6-1
ML 12-1

Wagers

$50,935

Entries

10 Honor Thy Father
Ridden by Calvin H. Borel
Trained by Kenneth G. McPeek

Current Odds

38-1
ML 15-1

Wagers

$9,662

Entries

11 Classic Empire
Ridden by Julien R. Leparoux
Trained by Mark E. Casse

Current Odds

8-5
ML 5-2

Wagers

$145,044

Entries

12 Lookin At Lee
Ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Trained by Steven M. Asmussen

Current Odds

18-1
ML 10-1

Wagers

$19,687

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