Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Authentic is retired to stud

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Authentic (John Velazquez) wins the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland. Photo: Breeders Cup/Eclipse Sportswire (Alex Evers)

By Nicholas Godfrey

USA: Authentic, who on Saturday became the fourth horse to win the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic, has been retired to stud after leading home a historic one-two for trainer Bob Baffert at Keeneland.

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The son of Into Mischief will stand at B Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, in whose colours he wired the field in the Classic under John Velazquez, at a fee of $75,000.

Conversely, champion mare Monomoy Girl is to stay in training as a six-year-old with Brad Cox after a $9.5m sale to Spendthrift on Sunday night at Fasig-Tipton’s ‘Night of the Stars’.

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Spendthrift general manager Ned Toffey issued a statement on Monday announcing Authentic’’s retirement.

“Authentic is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of horse, and Mr.Hughes is very proud that we are able to share him with 5,300-plus MyRacehorse owners through what has been an incredible run,” said Toffey.

“That alone made this decision different and very difficult,” Toffey went on. “Ultimately, we just felt there wasn’t a lot more to accomplish for a Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, so we have made the decision to retire Authentic to stand alongside his champion sire Into Mischief.

“We believe in the sire line and feel Authentic is a big part of its future. It is very rare that you come across a three-year-old as well-bred, talented and accomplished as Authentic.”

Authentic retires after winning six of his eight career starts, including a trio of G1s in the Haskell, Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic, where he made all to beat Baffert-trained stablemate Improbable by two-and-a-quarter lengths in track record time.

He finished second on his two career defeats, including when going down by a neck to star filly Swiss Skydiver (received 3lb) after an epic battle in the Preakness Stakes.

Toffey added: “We cannot wait to see his contributions to the breed, and we’re thrilled to continue his journey with all of the 5,300 MyRacehorse owners from the racetrack to the breeding shed.”

• Visit the Breeders’ Cup website and the Keeneland website

• Visit the Spendthrift website

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