Authentic’s Foal Derby: Well-Bred Colts Face Off In Week 3 Finals

The first foals by Spendthrift Farm‘s Horse of the Year Authentic have begun to arrive, and to celebrate, Spendthrift is hosting a “Foal Derby” to share photos of the stallion’s debut crop and reward breeders and fans with prizes.

Each week leading up to the Kentucky Derby, a group of Authentic’s foals will be displayed on Spendthrift Farm’s social media channels. The two foals with the most likes and shares will face off in the finals each Friday to decide the favorite. Both finalists will then be among 20 horses eligible to win the grand prizes, based on the results of this year’s Kentucky Derby. Voters will also be eligible for weekly prizes.

To learn more about the rules and prizes for both breeders and voters, click here.

Authentic, a 5-year-old son of Into Mischief, stands at Spendthrift Farm for an advertised fee of $70,000. He was named Horse of the Year in 2020, following a campaign that saw him earn Grade 1 victories in the Kentucky Derby, Breeders’ Cup Classic, and Haskell Stakes.

A pair of colts go head-to-head in the Week 3 finals matchup, each out young mares from success-producing families, giving them plenty of blue sky for the future.

Click here to vote on the Week 3 finalists. Voting is also available on Spendthrift’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Let’s take a look at this week’s finalists…

Foal: Colt o/o Incredible You 

Bred by: Glencrest Farm

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The first foal out of the unraced Uncle Mo mare Incredible You, who is a half-sister to Grade 1 winners Zo Impressive and Zaftig. The foal’s second dam is the Grade 1 winner Zoftig, whose daughters have produced the likes of Grade 2 winner Souper Tapit, Group 1-placed Zip Top, and Grade 2-placed stakes winner Spinoff.

“He’s a really nice, solid maiden foal,” said John Greathouse III of Glencrest Farm. “He weighed about 135 pounds coming out, which is big for a maiden. We’re really happy with him. He’s a good, correct foal. He has all the right angles, moves really nice out in the field. He’s one of my nicest foals on the farm.

“We just thought Authentic was such a spectacular racehorse,” he continued. He was a horse that could really carry his speed. He’s a well-bred, good looking horse. For me, he was a no-brainer. I couldn’t breed to his dad, couldn’t afford it, so he was the next option for me. He was a horse that I doubted would go a mile and a quarter when he was in the Kentucky Derby, and he proved me wrong. I thought it was a good, classic family that we could stretch out. The dam can probably get you a two-turn horse with that family, and we thought breeding a little speed into her would benefit her.”

Foal: Colt o/o Cyrielle

Bred by: Erik Johnson

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The second foal out of the winning Animal Kingdom mare Cyrielle, who is herself a half-sister to Grade 2-placed Dewey Square and stakes-placed Something Super. His second dam is the Grade 3-placed stakes winner Somethinaboutbetty, and the extended family features the multiple Grade 3 winner Eskenformoney.

“He’s a very nice colt, looks a lot like his father,” said Mike Heitzmann of Stone Bridge Farm, where the mare and foal are boarded. “He’s very athletic, got a good head and eye, good bone with a lot of substance. Everything you’re looking for in a foal. “

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