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Lawrence Rewarded With ‘Dream-Come-True Season’ After Working To ‘Understand’ Glorious Empire

Glorious Empire won five of nine starts in Europe, but after winning just one of his first 10 races in North America, it seemed as though the son of Holy Roman Emperor would never realize his full potential. Claimed out of his seventh North American start for $62,500, the Irish-bred gelding won at first asking […]

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Glorious Empire ‘Hasn’t Missed A Beat’ During Layoff, Ready For G3 Baltimore/Washington International

After romping to victory in the Grade 2 Fort Lauderdale at Gulfstream Park last December, Matthew Schera’s Glorious Empire was poised to match his Grade 1 credentials against those of many of the very best turf performers in the world in the $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) over the same course six […]

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Honor Roll Presented By Virginia Thoroughbred Association: Zonda, Tass Show Early Dividends For Schera’s Pilot Project

Matt Schera learned about the Virginia Thoroughbred Association’s Virginia-certified program two years ago, and that season he sent his first several yearlings to be started at the Braeburn Training Center located in the foothills of the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. In order to qualify for the Certified program, horses must spend a six-month residency at […]

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Glorious Empire To Use BWI Turf Cup As ‘Building Block’ To Next Start

Matt Schera’s multiple graded-stakes winner Glorious Empire continues to train forwardly for his return to racing, which trainer James ‘Chuck’ Lawrence II said Saturday may come in the $200,000 Baltimore-Washington International Turf Cup (G3) Sept. 21 at Laurel Park. Contested at one mile over Laurel’s world-class turf course, the BWI Turf Cup is among eight […]

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Eclipse Finalist Glorious Empire ‘Picking Up The Pace’ Toward 2019 Debut

Matthew Schera’s multiple graded-stakes winner Glorious Empire, a finalist for the Eclipse Award as the top male turf horse of 2018, continues to progress toward his 8-year-old debut. Sidelined since an impressive triumph in the Fort Lauderdale (G2) Dec. 15 at Gulfstream Park over a field that included 13 graded-stakes winners, five of them Grade […]

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Glorious Empire Makes A Statement In Front-Running Fort Lauderdale Win

Matthew Schera’s Glorious Empire proved his mettle once before at the sport’s highest level, winning the G1 Sword Dancer for trainer James Lawrence. After a 13th-place showing in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, run over a very soft turf, the 7-year-old was overlooked in Saturday’s G2 Fort Lauderdale Stakes at odds of 7-1 as rain hit […]

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‘Guns Loaded’: Former Claimer Glorious Empire Ready For Breeders’ Cup Turf

Matthew Schera’s Grade 1 winner Glorious Empire, undefeated in three starts since opening his 7-year-old season this spring at Laurel Park, emerged from his latest work in good order and will ship this week for his Breeders’ Cup debut. Glorious Empire breezed seven furlongs in 1:27.60 over the all-weather surface Saturday at the Fair Hill […]

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Channel Maker, Glorious Empire Dead Heat In Bowling Green

After 1 3/8 miles of Saratoga’s Mellon turf course, Channel Maker and Glorious Empire were unable to be separated at the wire; placing judges declared the finish a dead heat in Saturday’s Grade 2 Bowling Green Stakes. Matthew Schera’s Glorious Empire led all the way, and Gary Barber and Wachtel Stable’s Channel Maker came rolling […]

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