Classic Empire

Bay201416.1½ hh
Distance won over: 4½f. to 9f.
Pioneerof The Nile - Sambuca Classica
Fee for 2022: $17,500

Champion 2YO by Pioneerof The Nile

Brilliant Gr.1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Gr.1 Breeders' Futurity & Gr.1 Arkansas Derby winner

“Classic Empire was the unanimous choice for Champion 2-year-old male.” Blood-Horse

A stallion’s pedigree...

  • One of the most precocious horses from the UNBRIDLED sire line
  • Bred on the same PIONEEROF THE NILE/STORM CAT cross as the all-time great AMERICAN PHAROAH


Yearling in 2021 sold for $210,000, $190,000, $160,000, $150,000, $120,000, $110,000, $110,000, $110,000, $100,000, $100,000 etc.

Top performers from his first crop include...

  • Morello - 3-time winner for Steve Asmussen including the Gr.3 Gotham Stakes & Jimmy Winkfield Stakes
  • Classy Edition - 3-time winner for Todd Pletcher including the Joseph A Gimma Stakes at Belmont Park & the Key Cents Stakes at Aqueduct. Runner-up in the Gr.2 Davona Dale Stakes
  • First Empire - dual winner including an impressive victory in the Soaring Free Stakes at Woodbine for Mark Casse
  • Beautiful Empire - 3-time winner for Mark Casse including the Star Shoot Stakes at Woodbine, third in the Valdale Stakes
  • Classicstateofmind - 3-time winner including the Roar Stakes at Gulfstream Park
  • Interstatedaydream - dual winner for Brad Cox. Runner-up in the Gr.1 Ashland Stakes & Gr.2 Adirondack Stakes at Saratoga
  • Queens Up - 2½-length debut MSW winner at Arlington Park for James DiVito. Runner-up in the Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes at Arlington Park
  • Twenty Four Mamba - 5¼-length MSW winner at Woodbine for Mark Casse. Runner-up in the Victoria Stakes & Leonatus Stakes
  • Old Town Road - multiple winner, third in the English Channel Stakes
  • Classic Moment - MSW winner at Churchill Downs, third in the Mine That Bird Derby
  • Ottoman Empire - debut winner of a $100,000 MSW at Churchill for Thomas Amoss. Fourth in the Gr.3 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga

Other winners include Wake Surf, Mariah's Fortune, Ava K's Boy, Rocket Dawg, Awesome Taylor, Classic Lynne, Into Classic, Classical Romance, Memphis Cash Queen, Sport Pepper, Classiness, Sacred Beauty, Volte Face, Boneyardholler, Classic Romance, Libyan Classic, Classic Vinman, Illogical Love, Durango Jess, Mr Mac Quhae, Barleygirl, Classic Dr Al, Edens Glory, Kynlie's Empire etc.