Classic Empire and jockey Julien R. Leparoux win the Arkansas Derby on Saturday, April 15 2017, at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner is now second in the point standings for the 2017 Kentucky Derby on May 6 at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
Classic Empire and jockey Julien R. Leparoux win the Arkansas Derby on Saturday, April 15 2017, at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner is now second in the point standings for the 2017 Kentucky Derby on May 6 at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Coady Photography Oaklawn Park/Associated Press
Classic Empire and jockey Julien R. Leparoux win the Arkansas Derby on Saturday, April 15 2017, at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner is now second in the point standings for the 2017 Kentucky Derby on May 6 at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Coady Photography Oaklawn Park/Associated Press

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