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Authentic to Train Up to Kentucky Derby

With the win secured in the July 18 TVG.com Haskell Stakes (G1) at Monmouth Park, Authentic will train into the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) at Churchill Downs. Trainer Bob Baffert reported Sunday that Spendthrift Farm, MyRaceHorse Stable, Madaket Stables, and Starlight Racing’s Into Mischief  colt came out of the Haskell in terrific shape and was headed by van to Lexington, where he will remain for a week before catching a flight back to his Southern California base…

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Authentic Beats Ny Traffic by a Nose to Win Haskell

Bob Baffert doesn’t always win the $1 million TVG.com Haskell Stakes. It just seems that way. After taking a five-year respite, including a runner-up finish behind 3-year-old champion Maximum Security in 2019, Baffert added another brick to the wall July 18 when Authentic captured the $1,005,000 Haskell at Monmouth Park to extend the Hall of Fame trainer’s record total to nine wins in the 1 1/8-mile, Grade 1 race for 3-year-olds…

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Authentic gives Bob Baffert his ninth Haskell victory

OCEANPORT, N.J. — Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert got yet another win in the Haskell Stakes with a talented, developing colt who is now very much in the picture for the coronavirus-delayed Kentucky Derby. Authentic gave Baffert his record-extending ninth victory in the $1 million Grade 1 Haskell on Saturday, holding off late charging Ny Traffic by a nose at Monmouth Park…

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