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First Empire, out of Schumer purchase Silsita, looks smart at Woodbine

First Empire (pictured below as a yearling) looked a smart colt in the making on Sunday when landing his second start, a maiden special weight at Woodbine.

The Mark Casse-trained colt was bred by Saintsbury Farms out of Silsita, a Grade 3-winning daughter of Macho Uno purchased by Chad Schumer as agent for $135,000 at the 2017 Keeneland November Sale. Silsita was in foal to the then first-season sire Exaggerator at the time.

Racing over 6f on the Woodbine turf, First Empire was quick to jump and after pressing the pace, opened up to win under a hand ride in cosy style. In the process, he became the sixth first-crop winner for freshman sire Classic Empire.

Silsita was trained by Todd Pletcher to win three races including the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park and the My Princess Jess Stakes at Saratoga. In all, she won approximately $213,000.

Silsita also has a yearling colt from the first crop of West Coast and a colt foal by Uncle Mo.

Meanwhile on Saturday, Roughly A Diamond made a bright start to her career with a winning debut at Gulfstream Park. The two-year-old daughter of First Samurai is the latest winner out of Leonor Fini, a one-time mere $3,000 purchase by Chad Schumer while in foal to Magician.

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