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Likely favorite Classic Empire to miss Belmont Stakes

142nd Preakness Stakes

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 20: Classic Empire #5 ridden by Julien Leparoux leads the field around the fourth turn during the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 20, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK -- Classic Empire is out of the Belmont Stakes because of an abscess in his right front foot.

Trainer Mark Casse says the abscess found Wednesday is a recurrence of the same problem that bothered the colt after his loss in the Holy Bull in February.

Classic Empire was expected to be the favorite for Saturday’s 1+-mile finale of the Triple Crown series. He was coming off a runner-up finish in the Preakness on May 20.

Casse says Classic Empire will be pointed toward the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth this summer.

The Belmont draw is later Wednesday.

Classic Empire’s absence leaves Lookin At Lee as the only horse that will have run in all three legs of the Triple Crown.