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Authentic tops Fasig-Tipton July Sale with $475,000 filly

July 12, 2023

Authentic's $475,000 filly, hip 174 at the F-T July Yearling sale - Matt Taylor

Authentic’s $475,000 filly, hip 174 at the F-T July Yearling sale – Matt Taylor

Horse of the Year and Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Authentic had the top lot of Tuesday’s Fasig-Tipton July Sale when a filly by the First-Crop yearling sire sold for $475,000.

Consigned by Taylor Made Sales for breeder Spendthrift Farm, the bay filly went to Alex and Joann Lieblong.

“She just looked like a physical standout, she looked like a 2- year-old,” Lieblong said. “But evidently, everybody else thought so, too. She was from a good consignor and she carried herself well, but I also liked the family.”

“That was a filly that we were very proud of,” Spendthrift general manager Ned Toffey said of the yearling. “We really debated on what sale to put her in, where she would make the most sense. And we thought, let’s take her out to July and try to make a little bit of a splash. She showed herself nicely out here and had plenty of interest. And Taylor Made did a great job presenting her out here.”

The filly is out of the Rock Hard Ten mare Scent of Summer, who is a half-sister to millionaire and multiple Grade 1 winner Paradise Woods, as well as stakes winner and track record holder Forest Chatter.

“If you are breeding to him, I think a lot of people are getting what you’d expect,” Toffey said of Authentic, who is a son of Spendthrift champion sire Into Mischief. “They are a little bit lighter, racier and leggier version of Into Mischief. That’s exactly how I would describe Authentic, and I think that’s what he seems to be throwing. They have good substance, plenty of leg, good scope. They are really well-balanced and very athletic.”

Authentic retired to Spendthrift after his 2020 championship season that concluded with a Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) victory. In his first two seasons at stud, he covered 430 mares and stood this year for $60,000 live foal.