Classic Empire to miss Belmont with foot abscess

Classic Empire exercise rider Martin Rivera up gallops at Churchill Downs in Louisville Ky. Classic Empire is out of the Belmont Stakes because of an abscess in his right front foot. Trainer Mark Casse says the

Likely favorite Classic Empire to miss Belmont with abscess

For horseplayers, the unfortunate news Wednesday morning that Classic Empire will miss Saturday's Belmont Stakes due to a foot abscess cut two ways.

He had been training well up to the Belmont before trainer Mark Casse found the abscess on Wednesday. Classic Empire is out of the Belmont Stakes because of an abscess in his right front foot. The event will take place this Saturday at at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. "I'm looking toward it as a bright spot, that he showed it three days out and not the day after".

A familiar name to racing fans in ME is hoping to add to his record of success in the Triple Crown.

The 149th running of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets at Belmont Park won't feature Kentucky Derby winnerAlways Dreaming or Preakness Stakes victor Cloud Computing.

"I did a thing with NBC the other day and they said "Do you ever dream about or thinking about winning races like these" and I said 'No, I honestly don't.' And the reason I don't is because there are too many things that can happen and too many things that are out of your control", Casse said.

"He'll be better as soon as it busts open", Casse said.

Epicharis was the second-favorite in the morning line at 4-1. Odds on the Wood Memorial victor for the 1.5-mile "Test of the Champion" were set at 7-2, by New York Racing Association handicapper Eric Donovan.

So did 86-year-old owner Isabelle de Tomaso, who has her first Belmont starter since she started owning thoroughbreds in 2003.

The colt finished a disappointing 10th in the Kentucky Derby and skipped the Preakness.

I liked Irish War Cry in the Kentucky Derby and was disappointed when he gave way to finish 10th after pulling a ideal stalking trip.

FILE - In this May 2, 2017, file photo, Classic Empire, exercise rider Martin Rivera up, gallops at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. He finished second by a nose in the UAE Derby. If a horse has a chance to win the elusive Triple Crown, the Belmont becomes the biggest race of the year.

The injury, on the bulb of his right fore, was the recurrence of a problem the colt had suffered earlier in the year, trainer Mark Casse said.

Irish War Cry is returning to the Triple Crown trail as the 7-2 favorite for the Belmont Stakes.

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