By J.N. Campbell

Authentic is Just That: Wins the Classic

By J.N. Campbell
Authentic, Bob Baffert, B. Wayne Hughes, and MyRaceHorse Owners Win the Classic
Authentic, Bob Baffert, B. Wayne Hughes, and MyRaceHorse Owners Win the Classic

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We saved the best for last at this year's Breeders' Cup, as Keeneland ordered up some excellent weather. They put on another amazing 2-day event once again, proving why they will return as hosts 2 years from now.

The Six-Million-Dollar Classic pitted 10 sturdy foes against one another, and it truly could have been anyone's game. 2020 has seen its share of challenges under COVID-19, a waylaid Triple Crown, and now a fan-less Breeders' Cup.

What made this race so tough to handicap was the fact that at least half these Thoroughbreds were under odds of 5-1. This included favorite Tiz the Law, who went off at 5-2, while the Bob Baffert Trio (Improbable, Maximum Security, and Authentic) all hovered around 4-1.  

At the break, Baffert's Authentic had to make the lead, which he did, easily. Shortly thereafter, the race was over because even though a pack of runners challenged him on the backside and somewhat on the final turn, he had more than enough in the tank to repulse them. John Velasquez guided his charge by letting that stick of "Dynamite," as Baffert calls him, do what he does best--run. 

In front of a much smaller crowd of connections at Keeneland, Authentic crossed the wire in stylish fashion to the tune of $10.40 for the Win. Tiz the Law and Maximum Security were no where to be found. Improbable finished second, with longshot Global Campaign (25-1) settling in 3rd.

The year 2020 for horse racing is by no means complete, but as for the major Grade 1 races, the Classic capped an unbelievable ride for Authentic. After a dominating Kentucky Derby, where he turned back Tiz the Law in the lane, with this win in the Classic he secured an Eclipse Award as Horse of the Year. The true winners were the some 5,000 MyRaceHorse investors who secured a piece of the breeding rights for this magnificent animal. Oh, and they a ton of fun too!

In a turbulent year, Bob Baffert saw his share of ups and downs. After the horse racing schedule was flipped upside down because of COVID-19, he saw 2 of his runners test positive for an illegal substance after the Arkansas Derby. Over the summer, pundits doubted that his remaining runner, Authentic, would have the ability to give him a record-tying Kentucky Derby win.

In an emotional September version of the "Run for the Roses," after having one of his other runners flip over in the paddock at Churchill and injure his longtime assistant Jimmy Barnes, Baffert watched Johnny V guide Authentic to victory. Though the super trainer was summarily knocked down by his winning horse before raising the KY Derby trophy, it capped an incredible year for the sport's marquee name.

Now with a Classic win, Baffert will have to present the very highest standards for his barn moving forward. What will be most intriguing is to watch how he goes about delivering on his promise to "clean house."

In the meantime, B. Wayne Hughes and Spendthrift Farm did an incredible feat themselves by proving that their sire, Into Mischief, can breed more than sprinters. Rather, they can breed champions. 

You can check out the Horse Racing Results from every race across North America along with all the betting payout information on our brand new Results page...

Breeders' Cup Classic Results & Payouts
  • Position
  • Win
  • Place
  • Show

Position

  • #9 Authentic
  • #8 Improbable
  • #7 Global Campaign

Win

  • $10.40

Place

  • $5.40
  • $4.80

Show

  • $4.20
  • $3.20
  • $8.80

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