Authentic

Drumette Named Broodmare of the Year

Drumette (Henny Hughes), dam of last year's champion older mare Monomoy Girl (Tapizar) as well as GII Risen Star S. winner Mr. Monomoy (Palace Malice), has been named the 2020 Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Broodmare of the Year. Both Monomoy Girl and Mr. Monomoy were bred by Frankfort Park Farm and Michael Hernon's Highfield Ranch, who sold for $1.85 million in foal to Mastery to Bridlewood Farm at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton November sale. GI Kentucky Derby and GI Longines Breeders' Cup Classic winner Authentic (Into Mischief) was named Kentucky-Bred...

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Harrison Raising Next Generation of Champions

Pulling up to the gates of Hurricane Place Farm, you can't miss the large white and blue sign with a bold headline reading, "Birthplace of Authentic-2020 Kentucky Derby winner." The farm, located just outside of Cynthiana, Kentucky, has been run by Bridie Harrison along with her husband and sons Jonathan and Daniel for the past six years. Together, the family manages the broodmare band for their sole client, breeder Peter Blum. Bridie isn't quite yet fond of the attention that comes with raising a Horse of the Year, preferring to...

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First Mare in Foal to Honor A. P.

Grade I winner Honor A. P. (Honor Code--Hollywood Story, by A.P. Indy) has his first mare confirmed in foal, Lane's End announced Tuesday. The first mare scanned in foal is stakes winner and graded stakes-placed Omaticaya (Ire) (Bernstein), owned by Dell Ridge Farm, LLC. She is from the female family of Grade I winner Muhtarram (Alleged), champion St. Hilarion (Sir Ivor), and graded stakes winners Ballet de France (Northern Dancer) and Profit Column (Private Account). An $850,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling purchase, Honor A. P. broke his maiden as a 2-year-old...

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The Sports Business Furlong: Michael Behrens, Founder and CEO of MyRacehorse

   Michael Behrens is synonymous with innovation in the racing industry, having brought the concept of microshares into everyday conversation. His MyRacehorse struck gold early--and almost immediately--when Authentic (Into Mischief) won the 2020 GI Kentucky Derby and GI Breeders' Cup Classic en route to Horse of the Year honors just months after buying in. Carter Carnegie, who provides some marketing services for MyRacehorse, recently had a conversation with Behrens, who remains in the news with other high-profile investments, including a recently announced partnership in two-time champion Monomoy Girl (Tapizar).   ...

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Life Is Good Puts Perfect Record on the Line in San Felipe

Unbeaten 'TDN Rising Star' Life Is Good (Into Mischief), the 7-1 individual favorite in Pool 3 of the GI Kentucky Derby Future Wager, will look to go three-for-three in Saturday's GII San Felipe S. The 1 1/16-miles contest offers 50-20-10-5 points on the road to the Kentucky Derby. The blowout debut winner at Del Mar Nov. 22 set an uncontested pace while making his two turn-debut in the GIII Sham S. Jan. 2, and, after very confident handling beneath Mike Smith in the stretch, held a 3/4-length advantage over stablemate...

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MyRacehorse Confirms Monomoy Girl Partnership

MyRacehorse and Spendthrift Farm will partner on the 2021 racing campaign of two-time champion Monomoy Girl (Tapizar), who makes her 2021 debut Sunday at Oaklawn in the GIII Bayakoa S. In a lease-to-race agreement for the 2021 season, MyRacehorse has acquired a majority ownership interest in the 6-year-old mare, purchased by Spendthrift at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton November Sale for $9.5 million. The news was first reported by Bob Ehalt on BloodHorse.com, who discussed the details with Sol Kumin, who has also bought back into the mare. Shares in Monomoy Girl,...

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First Mares in foal to Authentic, Vekoma

Spendthrift Farm's Horse of the Year and Champion sophomore Authentic (Into Mischief) and Eclipse finalist Vekoma (Candy Ride {Arg}) have had their first mares confirmed in foal. The winner of last season's GI Kentucky Derby and GI Breeders' Cup Classic stands his initial season for $75,000 S&N, while dual Grade I-winning Vekoma is standing for a fee of $20,000 S&N in 2021. From his official first day of breeding Feb. 10, Authentic has had two mares reported in foal--Aguilera (Unbridled's Song), dam of multiple stakes winner Bluegrass Singer, and stakes...

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KHRC Awards $14.3 Million to Kentucky Breeders for 2020

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has awarded $14.3 million to qualified breeders through the Thoroughbred Breeders' Incentive Fund for Kentucky Thoroughbreds' wins in 2020. The incentive fund requires owners to board mares in Kentucky from the time of breeding until the birth of the foal. Incentive payments are based on the foal's eventual winnings on the racetrack. Last year, nearly 3,500 races were won by a Kentucky-bred receiving a breeder award. Kentucky-breds won over 245 graded stakes in the United States and 18 group races in Canada, England, France and...

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Authentic Named 2020 Horse of the Year

We watched him grow up before our eyes. Authentic (Into Mischief), freakishly talented, but prone to--well--mischievous behavior during the early part of 2020, was a finished product by year's end and his on-track accomplishments landed him Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old honors at Thursday's Eclipse Awards. The ceremonies were held virtually, fittingly enough and among other locations, at Spendthrift Farm, who campaigned the Peter Blum-bred son of Flawless (Mr. Greeley) in partnership with the 5300-some micro-share holders of MyRaceHorse Stable, Madaket Stables LLC and Starlight Racing. And Authentic...

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Swiss Skydiver and Authentic Top Sophomore Divisions

Swiss Skydiver (Daredevil) dominated the 3-year-old filly division in 2020 and even defeated some of the top older males of her generation, making her the clear-cut choice for this award. Kicking off her sophomore season with a third in the GII Rachel Alexandra S. at Fair Grounds in February, the $35,000 KEESEP buy rebounded with a trio of decisive victories in the Mar. 28 GII Gulfstream Park Oaks, May 1 GIII Fantasy S. and June 6 GII Santa Anita Oaks. Trainer Ken McPeek tried his charge against males for the...

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Authentic's Derby Win Voted Moment of the Year

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) named Authentic (Into Mischief)'s victory in the Sep. 5 GI Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve as the 2020 FanDuel Racing/NTRA Moment of the Year. The result was based on 3,403 votes cast via Twitter and an online poll. The winning moment was held under unusual circumstances, with the race delayed from its traditional first Saturday in May spot and held without fans due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Authentic gave Hall of Famer John Velazquez his 200th career Grade I win and trainer...

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Virtual Eclipse Awards Thursday

The 50th annual Eclipse Awards, honoring champions of 2020, will be held virtually Thursday beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET. The ceremony, presented by Spendthrift Farm, will be televised on TVG and RTN and streamed by a number of other industry outlets, including on the TDN website. The official digital program can be viewed at NTRA.com. GI Kentucky Derby and GI Longines Breeders' Cup Classic winner Authentic (Into Mischief) appears likely to take home Horse of the Year honors, along with champion 3-year-old male for a 2020 campaign that also included...

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