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Classic Empire's trainers look forward to rematch with Always Dreaming

Classic Empire's trainers look forward to rematch with Always Dreaming

For all his physical gifts and the obvious depth of his racing heart, Classic Empire has rarely walked an easy path.

So it seemed almost fitting when his Kentucky Derby chances ended in a maelstrom of horses, crashing in from the outside after the break. Just another chapter in the wild tale of a horse who keeps fighting back to the front of his class despite poor injury luck and his own vagaries of mood.

Father-son trainers Mark and Norman Casse see little use in lamenting the rough trip at Churchill Downs, which ended with a fourth-place finish. Rather they’re confident that Classic Empire, who reached Pimlico Race Course at 4:30 a.m. Monday, is brewing up a powerful...

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