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Authenticity Battles in La Troienne Victory
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6th at CDXGII La Troienne ($300k)  [1 1/16m]Winner: Authenticity, m, 6 by Quiet American
Friday, Churchill Downs
LA TROIENNE S.-GII, $335,100, CDX, 5-3, 4yo/up, f/m, 1 1/16m, 1:42, ft.
1--#AUTHENTICITY, 118, m, 6, by Quiet American
1st Dam: Court of Appeal, by Deputy Minister
2nd Dam: Appealing Missy, by Lypheor (GB)
3rd Dam: Out of Joint, by Quack
($250,000 yrl '08 KEESEP). O-Padua Stables; B-Dixiana Stables Inc (KY); T-Todd A Pletcher; J-John R Velazquez. $203,607. Lifetime Record: 7-3-2-1, $313,362. Werk Nick Rating: B+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.

2--On Fire Baby, 123, f, 4, Smoke Glacken--Ornate, by Gilded Time. O/B-Anita A Ebert-Cauley (KY); T-Gary G Hartlage. $65,679.

3--Believe You Can, 120, f, 4, Proud Citizen--El Fasto, by El Prado (Ire). ($70,000 RNA yrl '10 KEESEP). O/B-Brereton C Jones (KY); T-J Larry Jones. $32,840.
Margins: HD, 4 3/4, 2HF. Odds: 5.10, 4.50, 1.00.
Also Ran: Class Included, More Chocolate, Imposing Grace, Draw It.
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   Authenticity had heretofore been best known as that older filly that worked alongside GI Kentucky Derby second favorite Verrazano (More Than Ready) over the last couple of weeks. But, with the comebacking John Velazquez in the irons, the lightly raced mare earned some important graded-stakes black-type with a gutsy win in the La Troienne. Trained in the first three starts of her career in 2011 by Ian Wilkes, the bay won her maiden at second asking and was runner-up in a Saratoga allowance that July before going missing for 18 months. She resurfaced for this barn at Gulfstream Jan. 21, finishing third over the one-turn mile, but atoned for that money-burning effort with a 17 1/2-length thrashing of a Valentine’s Day allowance. She ventured into stakes company in her latest and gave a good account of herself when second to stablemate Ciao Bella (Giant’s Causeway) in the GIII Rampart S. at Gulfstream Mar. 30. On Fire Baby, last-start winner of the GI Apple Blossom H., won the break, but was quickly joined to her inside by Authenticity, as even-money favorite and reigning GI Kentucky Oaks heroine Believe You Can was wrangled back off those two into the clubhouse turn and resisted the restraint from Rosie Napravnik rounding the bend. The two front-runners enjoyed a leisurely time of it, covering the opening quarter-mile in :24.80 and matched strides through a half in :48.45. More Chocolate (Candy Ride {Arg}) tried to join in three wide, but was soon off the bridle and Believe You Can was poised in behind as they reached the head of the stretch. The favorite was pulled out to the three path and looked to have aim, but Authenticity and On Fire Baby dueled heads apart the length of the stretch, with the Pletcher runner doing just the better under a sharp left-handed stick. "This is a huge win for us on a number of fronts," the winning conditioner suggested. "This mare has been working in company with Verrazano. That goes a long way toward solidifying what he’s been doing. It is also Johnny’s first win back in only his second ride. And we’re winning a good race against a good mare. So it was good, good, good."

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