• The week’s top Beyer speed figure in North America
Keeneland (Nov 7): Breeders’ Cup Classic G1 $6m, 1m2f, dirt, 3yo+
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: John Velazquez
Owner: Spendthrift Farm LLC, Myracehorse Stable et al
Pedigree: 3yo bc Into Mischief – Flawless (Mr Greeley)
Now retired to Spendthrift Farm, Authentic exited the racing stage with the best Beyer speed figure of his entire career, his big track record of 1m59.19s worthy of a 111.
Keeneland issued a statement on Wednesday revising the time to 1m59.60s (owing to technical error at the start) – still a big track record, just not quite as big.
It is the second-highest figure of 2020 on the Beyer scale, beaten only by the 112 achieved by the Steve Asmussen-trained sprinter Volatile for his victory over subsequent Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Whitmore in the Vanderbilt at Saratoga.
As might be imagined, Breeders’ Cup weekend was full of three-digit Beyers, including from those beaten by Authentic in the Classic – namely Improbable (108), Global Campaign (106) and Tacitus (103).
With Keeneland’s dirt surface seemingly evincing a pronounced speed and rail bias, all-the-way winners Gamine (110) and Knicks Go (108) also produced huge Beyers.
On the turf, Tarnawa’s 109 is the second-biggest figure of the year on the lawn, where Factor This leads the way with 110 from the Preakness undercard. Magical and Channel Maker, the minors in the Turf, both got a 108.
Longshot Mile winner Order Of Australia recorded a 105, while Glass Slippers was a point behind on 104.
Unbeaten three-year-old Nashville clocked another big figure with his 102 for a blistering effort on Saturday’s Keeneland undercard, while the best juvenile figure came from a non-Breeders’ Cup race on Friday as the Chad Brown-trained Highly Motivated hit 96 with an easy win in a 6½f stakes.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Essential Quality recorded a 95 Beyer – five behind the best of the year, owned by his Keeneland victim Jackie’s Warrior for his Champagne Stakes romp.
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