Rockemperor Gets First Graded Stakes Win In G1 Joe Hirsch

Sometimes even when Chad Brown’s horses aren’t favorites in a graded stakes on the turf, they still find the winner’s circle. Rockemperor (IRE) entered the starting gate for the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic with only one win in 2021 and zero wins in a stakes, but changed all of that with his upset victory at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

Breaking from post four, Rockemperor was next to last of seven, with only Gufo behind him early in the 1 1/2-mile stakes. Channel Maker set the pace, running on the lead until the race’s final turn, as Arklow passed him with both Gufo and Rockemperor going to the far outside to pass horses and bid for the lead. Gufo got there first, coming into the stretch with a short lead, but began to tire in the straightaway. Instead, Rockemperor found running room toward the center of the track, passing Gufo and drawing away to a two-length lead. Serve the King was second and Gufo held on to finish third. The final time for the 1 1/2-mile G1 Joe Hirsch was 2:25.61.

Rockemperor paid $33.20, $10.80, and $5.40. Serve the King paid $13.00 and $6.40. Gufo paid $2.60. Find this race’s chart here.

Bred in Ireland by Haras du Mezeray, Rockemperor is by Group 1 winner Holy Roman Emperor out of the Muhtathir mare Motivation. He is owned by Madaket Stables, Michael Dubb, Wonder Stables, Michael Kisber, and Michael Caruso. The 5-year-old horse was consigned by Mocklershill at the 2018 Arqana May Two-Year-Old Breeze-Up Sale and sold to Simone Brogi for $14,330. With his win in the G1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, Rockemperor has two wins in six starts in 2021, for a lifetime record of 20-4-5-6 and career earnings of $914,404.

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