2-year-old becomes Kentucky Derby favorite
West Coast horses have won four of the last five runnings of the Kentucky Derby, but if the Breeders' Cup Juvenile on Saturday is any indication, there could be a change in 2017.
Eastern horses finished in the top six places in the Juvenile, headed by Classic Empire, who held off favored Not This Time by a neck in a solid 1:42.60 for 1 1/16 miles. They were 7 1/2 lengths clear of Practical Joke in third.
The winner, ridden by Julien Leparoux for trainer Mark Casse, returned $11. Classic Empire, a son of Pioneerof the Nile (American Pharoah's sire), won the Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland in his last start and also captured the Bashford Manor in July at Churchill Downs.