Baffert Wins Record Seventh Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes As Authentic Bursts Clear The Final Furlong To Win By 2 ¼ Lengths

first_imgBaffert Wins Record Seventh Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes As Authentic Bursts Clear The Final Furlong To Win By 2 ¼ Lengths; Ridden By Van Dyke, He Gets 1 1/16 Miles In 1:43.56WINNER PICKS UP 50 ALL IMPORTANT KENTUCKY DERBY QUALIFYING POINTSARCADIA, Calif. (March 7, 2020)–Bob Baffert’s Authentic bounded straight to the lead and dominated his competition throughout in winning today’s Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes, remaining unbeaten in three starts while projecting himself as the early favorite in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby April 4.  Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, the Kentucky-bred colt by Into Mischief easily prevailed by 2 ¼ lengths, while getting a mile and one sixteenth in 1:43.56.Heading to the three furlong pole, Authentic enjoyed a roughly 1 ½ length advantage over Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Storm the Court, while Honor A.P., with Smith up, were in hot pursuit.  Turning for home, it was apparent Authentic had plenty left in the tank and he seemed to find another gear late as he won in-hand with his ears pricked.A 7 ¾ length winner of the Grade III Sham Stakes at one mile here on Jan. 4, Authentic was the 6-5 favorite versus six rival sophomores today and paid $4.40, $3.20 and $2.60.Owned by SF Racing, LLC, Starlight Racing and Madaket Stables, LLC, Frederick Hertrich, III, John D. Fielding and Golconda Stables, Authentic, who is out of the Mr. Greeley mare Flawless, picked up 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, virtually assuring him of starting berth in the Run for the Roses on May 2.With the winner’s share of $240,000, Authentic now has earnings of $331,200.Honor A.P., an impressive one mile maiden winner on Oct. 13, acquitted himself very well, finishing 3 ½ lengths in front of Storm the Court in a determined effort.  Trained by John Shirreffs, Honor A.P. was off at 3-1 and paid $4.00 and $2.80.Storm the Court, with Joel Rosario aboard, kept to his task but was third best, finishing 5 ½ lengths clear of previously unbeaten Thousand Words.  Off at 4-1, Storm the Court paid $2.80 to show.The second, third and fourth place finishers received 20, 10 and five Derby qualifying points respectively.Fractions on the race were 22.84, 46.71, 1:11.32 and 1:36.89.last_img

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