Authentic Becomes 14th Longines Breeders' Cup Classic Winner to be Voted Horse of the Year
LEXINGTON, Ky. (January 28, 2021) - Spendthrift Farm LLC, MyRacehorse Stable, Madaket Stables LLC, and Starlight Racing’s Authentic became the 14th Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic winner to be named Horse of the Year, as was announced tonight at the conclusion of the 50th Annual Eclipse Awards ceremony.
Authentic received 224 out of 238 votes in the Horse of the Year tally from representatives of the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters, Daily Racing Form, and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, consisting of member racetrack racing officials and Equibase field personnel.
Trained by Bob Baffert, Authentic, a bay son of Into Mischief, won last year’s 1 ¼ mile, $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Keeneland Race Course by 2 ¼ lengths. (See list of Breeders’ Cup Classic and Horse of the Year winners below).
Authentic, who was also voted Champion Three-Year-Old Male, accounted for two of seven Eclipse Awards earned by winners at the 2020 Breeders’ Cup. Those horses are:
Two-Year-Old Male: Essential Quality – TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (G1)
Two-Year-Old Filly: Vequist – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1)
Older Dirt Female: Monomoy Girl – Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1)
Male Sprinter: Whitmore – Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1)
Female Sprinter: Gamine – Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1)
Three-Year-Old Male and Horse of the Year: Authentic - Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1)
Three other Eclipse Awards winners also participated in the 2020 Breeders’ Cup. Improbable, who finished second in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic, was voted Champion Older Dirt Male. Channel Maker, who finished third in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), won the Champion Male Turf Eclipse Award; and Swiss Skydiver, who finished seventh in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff, won the Three-Year-Old Filly Eclipse Award.
The following horses won the Breeders’ Cup Classic and the Horse of the Year title in the same year:
1989, Sunday Silence
1991, Black Tie Affair (IRE)
1992, A.P. Indy
2005, Saint Liam
2006, Invasor (ARG)
2015, American Pharoah
2017, Gun Runner
In addition to the Breeders’ Cup Classic winners, the following horses won Horse of the Year honors for victories in other Breeders’ Cup World Championships races in the same year:
1986, Lady’s Secret – Breeders’ Cup Distaff
1993, Kotashaan (FR) – Breeders’ Cup Turf
1997, Favorite Trick – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
2002, Azeri – Breeders’ Cup Distaff
2012, Wise Dan – Breeders' Cup Mile
2013, Wise Dan – Breeders’ Cup Mile
2019, Bricks and Mortar – Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf
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