Cold on the board at 13-1, ANGEL OF EMPIRE (Classic Empire–Armony’s Angel, by to Honor and Serve) rewarded his backers and earned 50 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby with a win in Saturday’s GII Risen Star S. Positioned mid pack in a bunched field under jockey Luis Saez as Determinedly (Cairo Prince) led through an opening quarter in :23.34, the bay saved ground against the fence before tipping out to make a sweeping move at the head of the lane. Still four deep down the lane, he had the strongest late kick of the group and put away his rivals in the final sixteenth to win in a final time of 1:51.47. Lifetime Record: 5-3-1-0.
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