‘He’s Got Talent’: Classic Empire’s Half-Brother Wins On Debut At Oaklawn

by | 02.04.2018 | 1:52pm
Exclamation Point, half-brother to Classic Empire, breaks his maiden at Oaklawn Park

Saturday's fourth race at Oaklawn Park was won in exclamatory fashion by Exclamation Point, the half-brother to champion Classic Empire. The 3-year-old colt bested his rivals by 2 1/2 lengths over six furlongs, leading from start to finish under jockey Fernando de la Cruz.

“He's got talent, there's no doubt,” trainer Brad Cox told horseracingnation.com. “The goal is for him to be a route horse. We'll see what happens.”

A son of Concord Point, Exclamation Point was a bit “worked up” in the post parade and changed to his wrong lead in the stretch, so there is room for improvement. The colt's debut was delayed when he developed soreness in his shins during the fall of his 2-year-old year, and owners/breeders Steve and Brandi Nicholson quickly agreed to give him the time he needed.

“I told Brandi last night that he was telling us in the fall that he needed a break,” Cox said. “He got his break and he came back and responded well. A lot of it goes to great clients that are patient and listen to what you have to say. That's what it comes down to.”

Read more at horseracingnation.com.

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