Distance won over: 4½f. to 9f.
Pioneerof The Nile - Sambuca Classica
Fee for 2023: $15,000
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 AMERICAN PHAROAH
- From the family of HARLAN'S HOLIDAY, BOLDNESIAN & RIDE THE RAILS
Yearlings in 2022 sold for $260,000, $240,000, $190,000, $150,000, $150,000, $140,000, $125,000, $110,000 etc.
Top performers include...
- Interstatedaydream - winner of the Gr.2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes & Gr.3 Indiana Oaks for Brad Cox. Runner-up in the Gr.2 Adirondack Stakes & third in the Gr.1 Ashland Stakes
- Angel Of Empire - 3-time winner for Brad Cox, including the Gr.2 Risen Star Stakes
- Morello - winner of the Gr.3 Gotham Stakes & Jimmy Winkfield Stakes for Steve Asmussen
- Classy Edition - winner of the Gr.3 Royal Delta Stakes, Joseph A Gimma Stakes & the Key Cents Stakes for Todd Pletcher. Runner-up in the Gr.2 Davona Dale Stakes
- First Empire - winner of the Soaring Free Stakes at Woodbine for Mark Casse
- Beautiful Empire - winner of the Star Shoot Stakes at Woodbine, third in the Valdale Stakes
- Empress Tigress - dual winner including the Coronation Cup Stakes at Saratoga. Runner-up in the Galway Stakes
- Classicstateofmind - winner of the Roar Stakes at Gulfstream Park
- Into Classic - 5¼-length winner of the Debutante Stakes at Arapahoe Downs
- Kynlie's Empire - winner of the Arizona Downs Oaks & runner-up in the Princess Stakes for Scott Rollins
- Queens Up - MSW winner at Arlington Park. Runner-up in the Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes
- Twenty Four Mamba - 3-time winner for Mark Casse. Runner-up in the Victoria Stakes & Leonatus Stakes
- Old Town Road - multiple winner, third in the English Channel Stakes
- Yes Day - MSW winner at Presque Isle Downs. Third in the Presque Isle Debutante Stakes
- Classic Moment - MSW winner at Churchill Downs, third in the Mine That Bird Derby
- Worthington - dual winner for Michael Maker, third in the Dania Beach Stakes
- Ottoman Empire - MSW winner at Churchill Downs. Fourth in the Gr.3 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga