With his victory in Saturday’s GI Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff, Authentic (Into Mischief) earned a $1-million bonus for his connections from Australian-based racing technology group BetMakers. In conjunction with Monmouth Park’s Dennis Drazin, BetMakers created the ‘BetMakers Bonanza’ for any horse that could win the 2020 renewals of the GI Haskell Invitational, the GI Kentucky Derby and then finish it off with the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Authentic went wire to wire to score in the 10-furlong test by 2 1/4 lengths.
“With all the winners of the majors competing in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Authentic proving he is an absolute superstar was very exciting,” BetMakers CEO Todd Buckingham said. “Initiatives like the BetMakers Bonanza are a great way to get the best horses competing against each other and what a great way to finish off with a race like we had.”
BetMakers and Darby Development LLC, owner and operator of Monmouth Park, signed an agreement earlier in the year with the aim to facilitate fixed-odds betting on horse racing in the state of New Jersey, with legislation recently introduced to do so in the New Jersey state legislature.
The ‘BetMakers Bonanza’ will continue for at least the next two years but with a different pathway. This year’s COVID-19 adjusted racing schedule saw the middle leg being the Derby and with the expected return to a regular calendar next year, the Haskell and Breeders’ Cup Classic will again ‘book-end’ the Bonanza with the middle leg to be determined.