Thursday Insights: Lukas Sends Out Priciest First-Crop Authentic Yearling

Authentic | Sarah Andrew

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5th-CD, $120k, Msw, 2yo, 5 1/2f, post time: 6:56 p.m. ET
Some 120 members of the first-crop of Horse of the Year Authentic went under the hammer at public auction in 2023, and the most expensive of them, INNOVATOR, debuts for BC Stables and trainer D. Wayne Lukas Thursday beneath the same Twin Spires where the sire won the 2020 GI Kentucky Derby. Bred by Peter Blum, also the breeder of Authentic, the dark bay colt was hammered down for $900,000 at the Keeneland September Sale, the dearest of the 91 youngsters reported as sold during the year. The five-times stakes-winning dam Inspired (Unbridled's Song) is responsible for five winners from six to the races, including Carmel Road (Quality Road), runner-up in the 2022 GII Los Alamitos Futurity and more recently, victorious in the Listed King Faisal Cup in Saudi Arabia. Inspired is kin to six other winners, including the SW & GSP duo of Silver City (Unbridled's Song) and Elope (Gone West); SW Initiation (Deputy Minister); and Treasure (Medaglia d'Oro), the dam of GI Preakness Stakes, Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes and GI Met Mile Handicap winner National Treasure (Quality Road). This is also the family of GISWs Well Chosen (Deputy Minister) and Leofric (Candy Ride {Arg}). D J Stable opposes Innovator with Dream On (Not This Time), a son of GII Fantasy Stakes winner Mamma Kimbo (Discreet Cat), also the dam of SW Balandeen (Bernardini). Dream On was bought back at FTKNOV ($295,000) and KEESEP ($245,000) before selling for $380,000 at this year's OBS April Sale. TJCIS PPs

8th-CD, $120k, Msw, 3yo/up, f/m, 7f, 8:23 p.m. ET
PRESTWICK (Uncle Mo) debuts for Bonnie Baskin and Adam Corndorf's Blue Heaven Farm and trainer Cherie DeVaux, the same connections responsible for the 3-year-old filly's year-older half-brother Pyrenees (Into Mischief), who was up in the waning strides to win the GIII Pimlico Special Stakes on the eve of the GI Preakness Stakes May 17. Blue Heaven Farm acquired the Grade III-winning dam Our Khrysty (Newfoundland) for $600,000 in foal to Tiznow at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton November Sale and the mare's other winners include Grace Adler (Curlin) winner of the 2021 GI Del Mar Debutante S., who sold to Japanese interests for $2 million at FTKNOV the following year. Our Khrysty is a half-sister to GISW Bullsbay (Tiznow). (Note: due to the late post time, this result will appear in Saturday's TDN) TJCIS PPs

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