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Sire Vaguely Noble
Dam Pamplona II
Grandsire Vienna
Damsire Postin
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1973
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Nelson Bunker Hunt
Owner Nelson Bunker Hunt
Trainer Maurice Zilber
Record 8: 2-1-2
Earnings US$201,285 & 208,692
Empery is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Pamplona II by Vaguely Noble. He was born around 1973 in the United States, and was bred by Nelson Bunker Hunt.
Major wins
British Classic Race wins:
Epsom Derby (1976)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on December 24, 2009

Empery (foaled 1973 in Kentucky) was a British racehorse best known for winning the Epsom Derby.[1] Bred and raced by Texas oilman, Nelson Bunker Hunt, his dam was the Peruvian Triple Crown racemare Pamplona II.[2] Empery's sire was Vaguely Noble, the winner of the 1968 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe who also sired Hunt's great racing mare, Dahlia. Grandsire Vienna was owned and raced by Sir Winston Churchill.

Trained in France by Maurice Zilber, on June 2, 1976, Empery won the only stakes race of his career when he captured England's most prestigious race, the Epsom Derby. Sent off as a 10:1 longshot, jockey Lester Piggott guided the colt to victory for his record setting seventh Derby win.[3] That year, Empery also ran second in the Irish Derby Stakes, and third in France's Prix Lupin.

At stud

Empery met with modest success at stud. Standing at Hunt's Bluegrass Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, he notably sired Blue Finn, the1986 Canadian Champion 2-Year-Old Colt, plus U.S. multiple stakes winner, Barbery. Empery is the damsire of Star Over The Bay, a multiple Graded stakes race winner in California. At age eleven, Empery was sent to a breeding operation in Japan.


  1. June 3, 1976 New York Times article titled "Empery Wins Epsom"
  2. Vamplew, Wray, Kay, Joyce (2004). Encyclopedia of British Horseracing. Routledge, UK: p. 285. ISBN 978-0714653563 .
  3. The Montreal Gazette - Jun 3, 1976

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