SANTA ANITA-BASED AUTHENTIC & GAMINE BOTH SHINE ON RACING’S BIGGEST DAY AS THEY TAKE HOME BREEDERS’ CUP HARDWARE FOR BAFFERT
CLASSIC WINNER AUTHENTIC RETIRES TO STUD, WHILE GAMINE IS CONSIDERED LIKELY STARTER IN GRADE I LA BREA STAKES FOR 3-YEAR-OLD FILLIES ON DECEMBER 26
ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 8, 2020)–Bob Baffert’s Santa Anita-based tandem of Authentic and Gamine brought their best on racing’s biggest day as they were both impressive winners of their respective races at Keeneland on Saturday–the Grade I, $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic and the Grade I, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.
In a dominant gate to wire performance, Authentic, who like Gamine earlier, was ridden by John Velazquez, prevailed by 2 ¼ lengths over stablemate Improbable, while getting the mile and one quarter in 2:00.07.
A winner of both the Grade III Sham and Grade II San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita this past winter, Authentic went on to win the Grade I Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park in July and the Grade I Kentucky Derby two starts back on Sept. 5. A close second as the favorite in the Grade I Preakness Stakes Oct. 3, Authentic regrouped at Santa Anita this past month as Baffert honed his considerable speed and had Velazquez employ aggressive front-running tactics on Saturday.
“When I saw him out there, he’s catching up with these older horses,” said Baffert, who collected his fourth Classic and his 17th overall Breeders’ Cup win, dating back to 1992. “That’s what they do at this time of year. What a horse, he’s the real deal. We were really disappointed after the Preakness…He’s a quirky horse, but Johnny really knows him well. He’s just getting better and better. I’m so happy for the connections.”
Joined by a large winner’s circle entourage that included ace right hander Walker Buehler of the World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers, Spendthrift Farm’s B. Wayne Hughes relished his first Breeders’ Cup Classic win along with fellow owners MyRaceHorse.com, Madaket Stables, LLC and Starlight Racing.
By Spendthrift-based Into Mischief and out of the Mr. Greeley mare Flawless, Authentic became the first Kentucky Derby winner to take the Classic since Baffert’s Triple Crown-winning American Pharoah in 2015.
A leading candidate for Horse of the Year honors, Authentic, who will enjoy retirement and stand at Spendthrift following the victory, paid $10.40 to win.
A first-out maiden winner at Santa Anita on March 7, Gamine has now finished first in five out of her six starts, with her Breeders’ Cup tally representing her third Grade I win.
“That’s the baddest (@#*) in the land right there!” exclaimed Baffert following the Filly & Mare Sprint, which was the first of nine Breeders’ Cup races on a picturesque day in Lexington, KY. Owned by Michael Lund Petersen, Gamine had a series of solid Santa Anita works following her lone defeat in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks Sept. 4, capped by a five furlong move of 59.40 here on Oct. 31.
Off as the even money favorite in her first try with fillies and mares three and up, Gamine paid $4.20 to win.
Disqualified due to a medication issue from an allowance win on May 2 at Oaklawn Park, Gamine, a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred filly, who like Authentic, is by Into Mischief, is out of the Kafwain mare Peggy Jane. She was purchased for $1.8 million out of the Fasig Tipton Mid Atlantic 2019 Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale and is now officially 6-4-0-1. With today’s purse share of $600,000, she now has earnings of $1,083,0000.
Although the Breeders’ Cup dust is just now settling, Gamine is considered to be a likely starter in Santa Anita’s opening day Grade I La Brea Stakes, for 3-year-old fillies to be contested at seven furlongs on Saturday, December 26.