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Authentic rolls in Sham S. (G3)

January 5, 2020

Into Mischief’s newly-turned 3-year-old colt Authentic kicked off his road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) with a 7 3/4-length score in the $100,000 Sham S. (G3) at Santa Anita.

After a record-breaking season in 2019 that saw Into Mischief have 218 individual winners and more than $18.9 million in progeny earnings, the Spendthrift stallion had two stakes winners on Saturday, with Sound Machine also scoring in the Glitter Woman S. at Gulfstream Park.

The Sham was the second start for Authentic, a debut winner Nov. 9 at Del Mar. Authentic had no trouble getting to the lead on Saturday, coasting through the first half-mile in :47.94 and six furlongs in 1:12.18, when he had a 2 1/2-length lead. He poured it on in the stretch to win as he pleased in 1:37.57.

“You want to see him run like that, especially this time of year. We’ve got some other ones back there. Hopefully, they’ll come along, but the timing is good for him now to run in the March race,” trainer Bob Baffert said, referring to the March 7 San Felipe S. (G2).

The colt earned 10 points toward the Kentucky Derby (G1) with Saturday’s victory.

SF Bloodstock and Starlight West bought Authentic for $350,000 at the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The colt is campaigned by SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, Fred Hertrich III, John Fielding, and Golconda Stables. He has earned $91,200.

The winner was bred by Peter Blum Thoroughbreds. Authentic is Into Mischief’s 26th graded stakes winner and is from the family of Grade 1 winners Seventh Street and Reynaldothewizard.