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Authentic, Gamine give Into Mischief an Eclipse Award-winners double

January 28, 2021

Two-time champion sire Into Mischief had a terrific evening during Thursday’s virtual Eclipse Awards ceremony hosted by Spendthrift Farm, with his 3-year-old colt Authentic taking Horse of the Year and 3-year-old Male honors, while Gamine brought home the trophy for champion Female Sprinter.

Into Mischief’s record-shattering 2020 was full of unparalleled numbers, none more so than his $22,188,256 in progeny earnings, the first time in history a sire had topped the $20 million mark in a single season. He also accounted for 45 stakes wins by 29 different horses, led of course by Authentic.

The 3-year-old colt, who raced for Spendthrift, MyRaceHorse Stable, Madaket Stable, and Starlight Stable, won $7,170,000 with victories in the Kentucky Derby (G1), Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) and Haskell Inv. (G1). Authentic retired following the Breeders’ Cup and is now standing stud at Spendthrift.

Authentic was bred in Kentucky by Peter Blum Thoroughbreds and sold for $350,000 at the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling sale.

Gamine’s brilliance was unmistakable as well, with wins in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1), Test S. (G1), and Acorn S. (G1) coming by a combined 32 lengths. The now 4-year-old is owned by Michael Lund Petersen, who paid $1.8 million for her at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-old sale in 2019. Gamine will remain in training for 2021 with her Hall of Fame conditioner Bob Baffert.

Gamine is Into Mischief’s second consecutive Female Sprint division winner, following Covfefe in 2019. She was bred by Grace Thoroughbred Holdings.