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Authentic to Train Up to Kentucky Derby

With the win secured in the July 18 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 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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Authentic Fends Off Ny Traffic to Take Haskell

Bob Baffert doesn’t always win the Haskell Stakes (G1). It just seems that way. After a five-year drought, 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 test for 3-year-olds…

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Authentic ready to validate 4-5 morning line in Saturday’s Haskell

Authentic, the 4-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park, is ready to roll. That’s the word from Jimmy Barnes, the top assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who has already collected a record eight Haskell trophies. “The horse is doing very well,” said Barnes, who arrived on the Monmouth Park backside with Authentic on Tuesday evening following a flight from their Southern California base…

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Authentic Brings The Avengers to New Jersey

Successful partnership to send out favorite in the $1 million Haskell (G1). At a time when the nation is in the grip of a pandemic, residents of New Jersey can take heart. The Avengers are coming to the Jersey Shore. No, not Steed and Mrs. Peel, if you’re old enough to remember the always-victorious secret agents of the old British spy show. And not exactly Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and the rest of their superhero pals…

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‘Extremely Fast’ Authentic Brings Baffert Back To Jersey Shore; Hall Of Famer Seeks Ninth Haskell Victory

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has won Monmouth Park’s Haskell a record eight times, though not since 2015 with Triple Crown champion American Pharoah. Baffert took a moment to reflect on Pharoah’s trip to the Jersey Shore during Wednesday’s media teleconference organized by the NTRA. “I remember bringing Pharoah in there, and I was really nervous,” said Baffert…

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Authentic, Dr Post to Break Alongside in Haskell

Runhappy Santa Anita Derby (G1) runner-up Authentic drew post 2 and was pegged as the 4-5 morning-line favorite July 15 as part of a seven-horse field for the $1 million Haskell Stakes (G1) July 18 at Monmouth Park. One of the favorites for this year’s postponed Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs, Authentic bids to give Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his ninth win in the 1 1/8-mile Haskell, the richest race on Monmouth’s schedule… 

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2020 Haskell Stakes Cheat Sheet

California invader Authentic should vie for favoritism with Dr Post in Saturday’s Haskell based on several factors. First, he’s 3-for-4 lifetime, boasting clear victories in the one-mile Sham Stakes in January and the 1 1/16-mile San Felipe Stakes in March. Second, he arrives off of a runner-up effort behind Honor A. P. in the June 6 Runhappy Santa Anita Derby where he did not have the best of starts in the 1 1/8-mile race but still finished 1 ¼ lengths clear of third-place Rushie (who subsequently ran third in last…

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