Edited Del Mar Press
“Exposed another one,” a smiling Bob Baffert said after Saturday’s fifth race.
If your looking to breed to Into Mischief you better get in line. This truly remarkable stallion continues to throw winner after winner. The number one General sire of 2019 is a hot commodity.
Authentic, a son of Into Mischief who was a $350,000 purchase at the Keeneland September sale in 2018, was the latest 2-year-old to make an impressive racing debut at Del Mar for Baffert.
Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Authentic sat off the pace for three-eighths of a mile in the 5 ½-furlong maiden special then took control and drew off to a 1 ½-length victory in 1:03.60.
Authentic had four bullets among 12 workouts at Los Alamitos and Santa Anita since July and was the 3-5 favorite.
“We thought he was a really good horse,” Baffert said. “I took the blinkers off and about halfway down the stretch I thought I made a mistake because he was looking around a lot. But it was OK.”
Baffert said it has been “Back to work, it never ends,” in the week since he saddled Improbable to a fifth-place finish in the Dirt Mile and McKinzie to a runner-up to Vino Rosso in the Classic at the Breeders Cup at Santa Anita. “They all came out of it OK, so that’s the main thing,” Baffert said.