Longines Classic Division
OwnerSpendthrift Farm LLC, MyRaceHorse.com, Madaket Stables LLC, Starlight Racing Stable
BreederPeter E. Blum Thoroughbreds LLC
Setting the stage for a potential rematch in the Longines Breeder’s Cup Classic, Authentic upset Tiz the Law in the Kentucky Derby, holding off the favorite’s late challenge and pulling away to win by 1 1/4 lengths. At 8-1 odds, the bay colt gave Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his sixth Derby win, which tied the record set by conditioner Ben Jones 68 years ago.
The Derby improved his record to five wins and one second in six career starts, including four graded stakes victories. The first two came at Santa Anita: the Sham and the San Felipe. He won the former by 7 ¾ lengths. In the latter, he beat Honor A. P. by 2 ¼ lengths. Both horses made their next start in the RUNHAPPY Santa Anita Derby, and this time, A. P. Honor turned the tables and handed Authentic his one loss to date.
Authentic’s win in the TVG.com Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park, his last race before the Derby, insured his place in the Classic because the race is part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series. Just as in the Kentucky Derby, he led every step of the way and held off late challenger Ny Traffic.
Baffert leads all trainers in Breeders’ Cup history with $30,065,000 in earnings and is tied with Chad Brown with 15 victories, including three Classics in a row with Bayern, American Pharoah and Arrogate. D. Wayne Lukas leads all trainers with 20 victories. American Pharoah’s 2015 Triple Crown sweep was the first in 37 years. Three years later, Baffert repeated the feat with Justify.
Authentic, who was purchased for $350,000, is owned by Spendthrift Farm, MyRaceHorse Stable, Madaket Stable and Starlight Racing. He will stand at Spendthrift at the conclusion of his racing career. Spendthrift brought MyRaceHorse into the partnership, who sold shares to the public for as low as $206.
His father, Into Mischief, was last year’s champion general sire, and his progeny includes two Breeders’ Cup winners.
- October 30, 2020
The Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 7 at Keeneland Race Course is arguably the most important race in determining which Thoroughbred will be honored as Horse of the Year at the Eclipse Awards.
- October 30, 2020
The Longines Breeders' Cup Classic is the marquee race at a championship event and annually attracts many of the best racehorses in training.