February 16, 2020 - Santa Anita, Race 4, Msw, USD $55,000, 6F, .0000

Charlatan, c, 3, 2017 by Speightstown

1st Dam: Authenticity (MGSW & MGISP, $883,362), by Quiet American
2nd Dam: Court of Appeal, by Deputy Minister
3rd Dam: Appealing Missy, by Lypheor (GB)

Owner: SF Racing LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables LLC, Stonestreet Stables LLC, Frederick Hertrich, III, John D. Fielding, & Golconda Stables
Breeder: Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY)
Trainer: Bob Baffert

Charlatan (Speightstown) would've likely gone favored in most Santa Anita maiden special weights if not for the presence Sunday of Lane Way (Into Mischief)-who was third behind Charlatan's 'TDN Rising Star' and GII San Vicente S.-winning stablemate Nadal (Blame) here last month-and he made 6-5 look like a particular bargain after zipping away in dominant fashion to get the 'Rising Star' nod himself. Seizing the lead without having to work particularly hard for it, the chestnut bowled along through splits of :21.89 and :44.72. He looked like a lock entering the stretch with a clear advantage, and Drayden Van Dyke didn't have to ask for anything from there as he glided to the wire 5 3/4 lengths in front. Shooters Shoot (Competitive Edge) held second over odds-on chalk Lane Way.

"I gigged him just a little after the break, just to get him into the race," said Van Dyke. "I really didn't know that much about him. You could see he had a couple bullet works from the gate and that he'd been training well. He blew by those horses so easy and as you could see, he galloped out big."

The winner was the second most expensive Speightstown yearling to sell in 2018 after bringing $700,000 from his formidable ownership group at Keeneland September. His dam annexed the 2013 GII La Troienne S. for Todd Pletcher and Padua Stables, and finished second in a trio of Grade I events behind Tiz Miz Sue (Tiznow), Royal Delta (Empire Maker) and Beholder (Henny Hughes) before checking in third behind Beholder and Close Hatches (First Defence) in the 2013 GI Breeders' Cup Distaff. She sold days later for $1.2 million at Fasig-Tipton November to Stonestreet.

Authenticity's first foal was Hanalei Moon (Malibu Moon), SW, $295,090. Charlatan was her second foal. Her now 2-year-old colt Bennyfromthebronx (Tapit) was a $300,000 KEESEP yearling himself. Authenticity produced an Into Mischief filly last May 1 before being bred to Curlin. She is a granddaughter of MGSW and GISP Appealing Missy (Lypheor {GB}).

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