2013 Empire Classic Handicap

Empire Classic at Belmont

ReadtheprospectusToday we will be previewing the Empire Classic Handicap for three year olds and up going a distance of 11/8 miles for a purse of $250,000. This race is for horses that foaled in New York State and approved by the New York State Bred Registry. The  morning line favorite is Readtheprospectus at 2 to1. This horse deserves favoritism because he has won seven races in a row dating back to October of last year. He is trained by Chad Brown and gets the services of Junior Alvarado. He likes to come from just off the pace and can actually go wire to wire if need be.

Saratoga SnacksSecond in the ML is Saratoga Snacks at 5/2. Snacks is trained by Gary Sciacca and will be ridden by Joel Rosario. He is another horse that likes to be on the lead and has some pretty decent works coming into this race. He doesn’t stray from the state bred races much and will be a force to be reckoned with here. My question is will he be able to stand the pace of the race over the 11/8 miles. I know he ran 2nd in this race last year but…

Awesome VisionThe third choice in the morning line is Awesome Vision at 4 to 1. Awesome Vision is trained by Thomas Albertrani and will be ridden by Jr Ortiz. He is another that doesn’t stray far from the state bred races and has a stalking mentality which will suit him well here. He also seems to like the longer races so this is right down his alley. So I will now tell you who I like in the race. I don’t normally bet the favorites as you all know but I will be going with Awesome Vision in this one with Readtheprospectus second and the Finger Lakes shipper, Moneyinyour Pocket third.

Good luck Gals and Guys!




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