LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – From start to finish, Authentic is undoubtedly the horse to beat in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
His dominant performance on another big stage should also end the debate about the top 3-year player this year, odd because this season because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Authentic wins Classic the same way he took on a Kentucky Derby that was rescheduled two months ago, going wire-to-wire for a long 2¼ win over Impossible that gave coach Bob Baffert a 1-2 finish on Saturday’s warm and sunny fall at Keeneland. .
And perhaps erasing Baffert’s regret over a narrow runner-up finish from Authentic to the Swiss Skydiver in Preakness last month, also shifting to a downturn due to the pandemic.
“He just struggled that day,” said Baffert, “but we got him back and I have a great team and we just tightened the screw on him.
“He just grew up. He’s all grown up now and this … is the time they catch up. “
There is no Authentic chase on Sautrday as he quickly exits gate No. 9 between stablemates and set the pace for a 10-horse field to follow. Maximum Safety, 3 year old champion last year, was chased for a while before Global Security caught up with him and then passed by Impossible entered the stretch.
The authentic, at 9-2, never stopped with John Velazquez and extended his lead at the end.
“I don’t think it’s that big in racing, apart from the other horses Bob has on the outside,” said the Hall of Fame jockey, referring to Maximum Safety. “And I think we will be faster than him.
“Once we get to the front and I go through the cable for the first time, I mean, it’s pretty easy from there, huh.”
Authentic grabbed his fifth win with two seconds in seven games starting this year, cementing his position as the top 3-year-old this year. The win registered a successful day for Baffert, whose youngest Gamine opened the season-ending world championship worth $ 31 million with a dominant win and set a record at Filly and Mare Sprint of $ 1 million.
Both horses will definitely be named in the Eclipse Award discussion, and Baffert’s bias for Authentic is clear.
“There’s a lot at stake,” he said. “What he did today was amazing.”
The authentic covered the 1¼ mile in 1: 59.19 in the $ 6 million tent event and paid $ 10.40, $ 5.40, and $ 4.20. It is impossible to return $ 4.80 and $ 3.30 while Global Campaign pays $ 8.80.
As for Gamine, he beat the mighty Serengeti Empress by a length of 6¼ and recorded a track record of 1: 20,20 over seven furlongs to top the old mark of Taris 1: 21.32 on 18 October 2014. His fourth win this year came after a full year. turmoil in which she tested positive for lidocaine in May and for betamethasone, a regulated corticosteroid, in September.
Baffert appealed the suspension in the first case, while the pending results from a separate sample test in the second case. He does not always seek justification but still earns it triumphantly and eats out his foal.
“He showed how beautiful he is and there was no doubt today,” said Baffert. “It’s a difficult area. Empress Serengeti, we know she’s a great foal and there are some really good anchovies out there. And to break records. “
There was tragedy just before the nine card race started, when the horse was colt Really Aiden should be euthanized following injuries that occurred during a terrifying $ 150,000 chain reaction incident in Lafayette that toppled the mountains of Chris Landeros and fellow riders Tyler Gaffalione and David Cohen of Dinar and Strike That.
Optimal weather and conditions on the ground and grass led to not only several running records but also impressive performances by European horses, a seasoned veteran and two wins by substitute jockeys.
Just before Classic’s favorite Monomoy Girl, even money is blown by the leaders around the final turn and holds off the challenge with Valiance’s 14-1 shot to win the 1 1/8-mile Distaff for the best mare and mare 3 year old and ride. The 5-year-old star won for the 13th time in his 15th race, giving coach Brad Cox his fourth Breeders’ Cup win to match that record.
“I thought he was better than before, I really did, and I think he proved it,” said Cox, whose horse won in 1: 47.84. “Just a great foal. He’s a champion. “
This may be Monomoy Girl’s last race before she becomes a nightmare. His second Cup win in three years followed a massive defeat at Mile by Order of Australia.
Longshot 73-1, coming in after a scratch and with a substitute rider in it, won the $ 2 million race by a narrow margin over the Circus Maximus.
A foal raised in Ireland enters a 15-horse court after One Master is scratched. Jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot replaces Christophe Soumillon, who tested positive for COVID-19 this week. Previously, Boudot raced 17-1 in France raising Audarya to win at Filly & Mare Turf.
Another Irish breeder, Tarnawa, won the $ 4 million Turf Breeders’ Cup before the Classic Championship with Colin Keane replacing Soumillon.
The foal Glass Slippers raised in England picked up a half-length win over Wet Your Whistle at the 5½-foot Turf Sprint. The time for a 4 year old foal 1: 1:53 am just came off the track record of 1: 00.86 by Leinster in July.
The Knicks Go also broke the record, winning a 3 1/2 long Dirt Mile over Team Jesus and running 1: 33.85.
And then there’s 7-year-old Whitmore, who shows there’s still plenty left in the tank with a stunning stretch to win the $ 2 million, 6-furlong Sprint. The 18-1 choice saved the best for last as he stormed off near the tracks stretching to win by 3¼ and earned his first Breeders Cup win in four starts.
As if 15 wins in the initial 38 and over $ 3 million in revenue weren’t extraordinary enough for Greybeard.
AP Sports writer Stephen Whyno contributed to this report.