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BreederPeter E. Blum Thoroughbreds, LLC
Authentic’s win in the TVG.com Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park July 18 insured the colt will have an exciting second half of the year: he earned a place in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). He led every step of the way, held off late challenger Ny Traffic and won by a nose. This was his first race outside of California, and the purse helped him achieve millionaire status.
The Haskell improved his record to four wins and one second in five career starts, including three graded stakes victories. The first two came at Santa Anita: the Sham (G3) and the San Felipe (G2). 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 (G1), and this time, A. P. Honor turned the tables and handed Authentic his one loss to date.
Foaled May 5, 2017, Authentic is among the younger members of the sophomore class. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said he’s still maturing, and he believes the Haskell win will help him improve.
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.
- July 18, 2020
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert earned his record ninth victory in Saturday's $1 million TVG.com Haskell Stakes (G1) at Monmouth Park when Authentic barely held on at the wire over a game Ny Traffic.
- July 17, 2020
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