Pioneerof the Nile's 2-year-old Champion Male of 2016 Classic Empire was assigned the top weight on The Jockey Club Experimental Free Handicap, which was released Thursday morning.
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The Jockey Club Experimental Free Handicap, published each year since 1935, is a weight-based assessment of the previous year's leading 2-year-olds, with the weights compiled for a hypothetical race at 1 1/16 miles. The list of horses eligible for weighting included any 2-year-old that started in a graded or listed stakes in the United States and Canada in 2016.
Classic Empire was assigned a weight of 126, one pound above the now-retired Not This Time, who he defeated in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1). Classic Empire's weight is the same as was assigned to Pioneerof the Nile's first 2-year-old Champion and ultimate Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
Classic Empire will begin his quest for the Triple Crown in Saturday's $350,000 Holy Bull S. (G2) at Gulfstream Park.