Authentic Remains Undefeated In San Felipe

SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, Fred Hertrich, John Fielding, and Golconda Stables’ Authentic delivered on his 6-5 favoritism in Saturday’s Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes, grabbing the lead early and pulling away down the lane to win by about 2 1/2 lengths. The 3-year-old son of Into Mischief, ridden by Drayden Van Dyke for trainer Bob Baffert, ran 1 1/16 miles over Santa Anita’s fast main track in 1:43.55.

“I was just in cruise control. I was seeing if anybody was going to test me to make me pick it up,” said Van Dyke. “I think he’s just getting more mature himself; that was his first time going two turns.”

Authentic earned 50 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby with this victory, adding to the 10 he earned in January’s G3 Sham Stakes. He is undefeated through three career starts, and gives Baffert his seventh winner in the San Felipe.

Updated standings on the Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard can be found here: Derby Oaks Leaderboard

Despite a slight bobble at the start, Van Dyke gave Authentic his head and let him go straight to the front. Under mild pressure from champion Storm the Court, Authentic set fractions of :22.84 and :46.71 under a firm hold. His stablemate Thousand Words was third along the rail, while talented maiden winner Honor A.P. was to the outside in fourth down the backstretch.

Turning for home, Honor A.P. became the biggest threat to Authentic as he passed rivals and got within a length of the frontrunner. When Van Dyke gave Authentic his cue, however, the colt pulled away again and cruised under the wire a 2 1/2-length winner. Honor A.P. ran well off the layoff to finish second, while Storm the Court held on to be third over Thousand Words.

Bred in Kentucky by Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds, Authentic is out of the winning Mr. Greeley mare Flawless. He was a $350,000 yearling purchase at the Keeneland September sale, and is now undefeated through three career starts with earnings of over $330,000.

“When I saw the fractions, 22 and change, it was fast, but he was doing it so easy,” said Baffert. “The really good ones do that and I just love the way he looked down the backside. Turning for home I saw Mike Smith coming with that good horse (Honor A.P.) and I said, ‘We’ll see what he’s made of’ and I was hoping he wouldn’t do his shenanigans (ducking in).

“But he handled it well and he wasn’t tired. He’s a special horse and this was probably one of the toughest prep races that we’ve seen so far. Those were really good horses in there. We hope to stay healthy and run in the Santa Anita Derby (April 4). He’ll stay here and run in that and I’ll figure something out with Thousand Words.

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