Sham Stakes

Authentic Runs Away With Derby Points In Sham Stakes

Although extremely green late, Bob Baffert’s Authentic stamped himself as a top tier Derby contender with a powerful gate to wire triumph in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke the Kentucky-bred colt by Into Mischief got a flat mile in 1:37.57. Sent from his rail post position, Authentic was all business on the front end until he approached the furlong pole, when he began to race erratically, altering course and nearly brushing the inner…

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Authentic a Formidable Presence on 2020 Kentucky Derby Trail

Making the Grade, which will run through the 2020 Belmont Stakes, focuses on the winners or top performers of the key races, usually from the previous weekend, who could make an impact on the Triple Crown races. We’ll be taking a close look at impressive winners and evaluating their chances to win classic races based upon ability, running style, connections (owner, trainer, jockey), and pedigree. This week we take a closer look at Authentic, winner of the $100,500 Sham Stakes Jan. 4 at Santa…

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Authentic’s ‘timing is good’ on his way to Kentucky Derby 2020

On flashy 3-year-old Authentic’s way to the winner’s circle Saturday, trainer Bob Baffert joked with jockey Drayden Van Dyke: “Do you think he’s a little bit too much horse for you?” Van Dyke was quick to answer: “No, no, no — he’s not.” It was just another Saturday on the 2020 Kentucky Derby trail in California, and to no surprise that combination of jockey and trainer prevailed when Authentic took them all the way in the Sham Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita Park.

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