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Classic Empire - Belmont Stakes Post Position

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Classic Empire – Possible 149 Belmont Stakes Contender

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The 149 Belmont Stakes is restricted to only 16 Belmont Stakes runners and will run on Saturday, June 10, 2017, for the third and final leg of the Triple Crown.

Here is the latest look at Classic Empire, one of the contenders for the 2017 Belmont Stakes to be run at Belmont Park.

Owner: John C. Oxley

Trainer: Mark Casse

Pedigree: Pioneerof the Nile – Sambuca Classica, by Cat Thief

Last Race Result: 2nd Place, Preakness Stakes, 5/20/17

Classic Empire Career Statistics

Starts: 9

Wins: 5

Places: 1

Shows: 1

Earnings: $2,520,220

Classic Empire Belmont Stakes Odds

You just get the feeling that most believe Classic Empire is going to win one of these legs of the Triple Crown. We're talking about a colt who was well bet upon at the Preakness Stakes, and he probably should have ultimately beaten out Cloud Computing if he had ever actually gotten a glimpse of him before hitting the wire.

That said, with question marks abound for the rest of this field, Classic Empire is the one big shot we know will be running. He's set at a price of +200 right now, and depending upon the rest of the contenders, this might end up being the best price on his head you see throughout the entire process.

Classic Empire Belmont Stakes Analysis

Classic Empire is a darn good horse. He's not afraid to get out towards the lead, and he certainly is capable of doing wire-to-wire at the Belmont Stakes. The run he had at the Preakness was something else, and for our money, he was the best horse in that field. He went out with Always Dreaming, and even though he had an outside post and was forced to ride a slightly longer race than his rival from the Kentucky Derby, he had put away the Derby winner by the time the colts hit the top of the stretch.

However, Classic Empire flat out never saw Cloud Computing coming. It was a brilliant race by Cloud Computing, and he deserves all the credit in the world, but the fact that Classic Empire had a three-length lead in the stretch and ultimately lost by a head was shocking and probably wouldn't happen more often than not.

The two-year old champ, Classic Empire has really run well as a three-year old as well. He's not an unblemished horse for sure, but every time we see him at the track, we continue to be impressed. He was much better than fourth place at the Kentucky Derby, and as we've stated, we think he should have won the Preakness Stakes.

The "Test of Champions" though, is different. Many will point to the fact that Cloud Computing ran him down at the Preakness and suggest that perhaps Classic Empire doesn't have the distant in him to cover the Belmont Stakes. We disagree. Mark Casse is one of the very best trainers in the world, and he's been pointing his thoroughbred for a run at the entire Triple Crown for a long time. Just because he didn't win either of the first two legs doesn't mean that Classic Empire won't be ready for the 1 1/2-mile jaunt around Belmont Park.

That's not to say there aren't concerns for Classic Empire. The biggest issue we have with him is the fact that he probably has to be towards the front of the pack in order to win this race. He was pushed way back at the Kentucky Derby and looked much more comfortable at the head of the pack at the Preakness Stakes. There isn't a lot of great speed that appears to be set to enter the Belmont Stakes, and that should at least give Classic Empire the shot to run the race he wants. But the leaders around the first turn don't often win the Belmont Stakes, and that should be considered a big concern for bettors.

That said, this is still the best horse in this field by a wide margin as we see it. If Epicharis proves to be a stud from Japan, we might have a great duel on our hands. Otherwise, the most likely outcome will see Classic Empire finally claiming his jewel of the Triple Crown.

With a maximum of 16 horses accepted into the Belmont Stakes field, there is a significant vetting process to qualify the horses among this group of three-year olds. Horses which finished in the top four at either the Kentucky Derby or Preakness Stakes are guaranteed entry into the Belmont Stakes, while the other starters are placed in the field based on earnings in graded stakes races and non-restricted sweepstakes races.

Belmont Stakes (G1), Saturday, June 10th, 2017 Entries

Belmont Stakes post positions and morning line odds for all horses in the field, will be updated until the day of the race.

Belmont Stakes Entries American Odds Fractional Odds
Classic Empire +140 7/5
Epicharis +380 19/5
Lookin at Lee +380 19/5
Senior Investment +580 29/5
Gormley +1000 10/1
Irap +1000 10/1
Always Dreaming +400 4/1
Bonus Points +3000 30/1
Cloud Computing +400 4/1
Conquest Mo Money +1500 15/1
Girvin +1200 12/1
Master Plan +2500 25/1
Meantime +2200 22/1
Multiplier +2000 20/1
Patch +1500 15/1
Tapwrit +800 8/1
Time To Travel +3500 35/1
True Timber +3500 35/1
Twisted Tom +2500 25/1
West Coast +2200 22/1

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