Authentic (Into Mischief), winner of the Sept. 5 GI Kentucky Derby, worked for the final time prior to the Oct. 3 GI Preakness S. with a four-furlong move in :47.60 at Churchill Downs Monday morning. The Bob Baffert trainee recorded splits of :12.20, :24, and :36, then galloped out five furlongs in 1:00 and three-quarters in 1:13.40. Jockey Martin Garcia was aboard for the 7:30 a.m. move.
“He’s such an amazing horse,” Garcia said following the work. “He worked awesome. I’ve worked a lot of nice horses for trainer Bob Baffert in California and this horse is just as special. He’s doing amazing for the Preakness.”
Baffert was on hand to watch Authentic’s work. The Derby winner is scheduled to fly from Louisville to Baltimore on Tuesday.
Owned by the partnership of Spendthrift Farm LLC, MyRaceHorse Stable, Madaket Stables LLC, and Starlight Racing, Authentic won the GI TVG.com Haskell S. in his start just prior to the Derby. He sports a record of 6-5-1-0 with his only career loss coming at the hands of Honor A. P. (Honor Code), who has since been retired, in the GI Runhappy Santa Anita Derby.
Derby fifth-place finisher Max Player (Honor Code) also worked Monday at Churchill, getting four furlongs in :49.80 in preparation for the Preakness. Owned by George Hall and SportBLX Thoroughbreds, GIII Withers S. winner Max Player was third in both the GI Belmont S. and the GI Runhappy Travers S. He is trained by Steve Asmussen.