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Authentic Pointed to July 18 Haskell Stakes

Two-time graded winner Authentic, second to Honor A. P. in the June 6 Runhappy Santa Anita Derby (G1), is scheduled to make his next start July 18 in the Haskell Stakes (G1) at Monmouth Park, co-owner Sol Kumin said. The 3-year-old colt is 3-for-4, having won a maiden race, the Sham Stakes (G3), and the San Felipe Stakes (G2), victories that have made him one of the early favorites for the Sept…

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Road to the Kentucky Derby: Top 10 contenders with Belmont Stakes coming up next

There were no major Kentucky Derby prep races this past weekend, but the road to the first Saturday in September is about to get busy again, with the biggest points race on the scrambled calendar coming up next. The Belmont Stakes — traditionally the third and final leg of the Triple Crown — is scheduled for Saturday, and 150 points will go to the winner…

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Bloodlines: Cezanne, Ragtime Blues lead Baffert’s next wave

Bob Baffert was hit by the double whammy of Nadal’s retirement and, just days later, Charlatan’s injury, subtracting both of them out of the 2020 Kentucky Derby picture. But the Hall of Fame trainer’s Derby dream hasn’t died. He has two well-bred, expensive backup plans emerging from the stable and likely headed toward stakes company. Let’s see if they’re made for the Triple Crown series…

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Be It April or June, It’s Still the Santa Anita Derby

It’s the first week in June, a time when Thoroughbred racing usually finds out if there’s a Triple Crown champion to celebrate and anoint. Until COVID-19 became a part of everyday life. Yet even a pandemic could not derail the Triple Crown, though it surely led to some more stops along the way before the sport arrives at the first Saturday in September, when the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) will be contested at Churchill Downs…

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Spendthrift Farm Buys Majority Interest in Authentic

B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm has acquired a majority ownership interest in the undefeated 3-year-old colt Authentic, the likely favorite for the June 6 Runhappy Santa Anita Derby (G1). Spendthrift now partners with Starlight Racing and Madaket Stables, which have both retained an ownership interest in the son of Into Mischief , North America’s reigning champion general sire who stands at Spendthrift…

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