TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders


11) 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: GSW, 2-2-0-0, $91,200.
Last Start: 1st GIII Sham S., SA, Jan. 4
Next Start: Uncommitted
Equineline PPs. KY Derby Points: 10.

Authentic’s 7 3/4-length shellacking of a soft GIII Sham S. field stands out by numbers (90 Beyer). But his rodeo-esque antics while soaring solo through mid-stretch didn’t earn him any style points. Trainer Bob Baffert said this $350,000 KEESEP yearling got spooked by crowd noise, and only time will tell if the colt’s veering in and head tossing are correctable flukes or ingrained behavior. Considering he’s a May 5 foal who’s only started twice, Authentic gets the benefit of the doubt that he’ll figure things out. He’s since rattled off three Santa Anita workouts, and as Baffert maps out his annual who’s-going-where puzzle for his typical full hand of Derby contenders, Authentic might shake out as the sophomore who ends up staying home for the Mar. 7 GII San Felipe S.


1st GIII Sham S.
1st Maiden