TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders


4) AUTHENTIC (c, Into MischiefFlawless, by Mr. Greeley)
O-SF Racing LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables LLC, Fred Hertrich III, John D. Fielding & Golconda Stables. B-Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds LLC (KY). T-Bob Baffert. Sales History: $350,000 yrl ’18 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: MGSW, 3-3-0-0, $331,200.
Last Start: 1st San Felipe S., SA, Mar. 7
Accomplishments Include: 1st GIII Sham S., SA, Jan. 4
Next Start: Uncommitted
Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 60.

Authentic celebrates his third birthday May 5. He’s one of three Bob Baffert trainees within the Top 12, and those sophomores are a collective 10-for-10. After having his training dialed back because of the pandemic uncertainty, this $350,000 KEESEP Into Mischief bay is back on target to start favored in the rescheduled Santa Anita Derby. Baffert has described Authentic as a light-on-his-feet colt who still needs to work on his maturity, but he’s also said this sophomore doesn’t need a ton of training to get him at or near peak performance level. The stretch run of Authentic’s GII San Felipe S. win over 1 1/16 miles caught the eye because he kicked anew when confronted by Honor A.P. at the head of the lane. Longer distances remain an open question, because having Mr. Greeley (a multiple Grade III winner who won at a mile but never around two turns) as his dam-sire does give Authentic’s pedigree a distinct sprinting slant.