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Chestertown takes on elders in Empire Classic / Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Chestertown tackles the premier race on the New York-bred calendar Saturday in the $175,000 Empire Classic as Belmont Park’s leading jockey Jose Ortiz pilots the gray 3-year-old colt against seven older rivals.

The son of Tapit gets a whopping 10 pounds from defending winner Mr. Buff, who has earned more than $1.1-million and is a homebred for Chestertown’s breeders and co-owners Chester and Mary Broman. The only 3-year-old in the field, Chestertown is coming off a victory with Ortiz aboard in the Albany Stakes at Saratoga over this 9-furlong distance.

West Point Thoroughbreds is pursuing a second triumph in the Empire Classic—Empire Dreams captured the race for the stable in 2015.

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