Bob Baffert’s historic run continues, as Authentic – the 2020 Kentucky Derby winner – took home the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland Saturday afternoon.
Authentic, who entered the day at 6-1, defeated race favorite Improbable (5-2) down the stretch to give Baffert his fourth career win in the classic, a new record. Baffert also trained Improbable and Maximum Security, who finished fifth.
The three-year-old colt paid $10.40 to win, $5.40 to place and $4.20 to show.
Here is the official Breeders’ Cup Classic order of finish:
- Global Campaign
- Maximum Security
- Tiz the Law
- Title Ready
- By My Standards
- Tom’s d’Etat
- Higher Power
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“We really were disappointed after the Preakness, I was sort of surprised, you know [Authentic’s] race,” Baffert told NBC Sports. “But he’s a quirky horse. He’d been working unbelievable, they all were. I think [jockey John R. Velazquez] really knows him well and once he got them in that rhythm, he’s just getting better and better. He’s caught up with the older horses, just an unbelievable horse.
“I would have loved to run one-two-three, but I was proud of my horses. What a way after what I’ve gone through this year. I love this sport and it’s just a great day.”
Baffert also took home a win with Gamine in the Filly and Mare Sprint, with the star filly setting a track record.
The 2020 Breeders’ Cup ran without fans due to COVID-19. Now, the event moves to Del Mar in 2021 before returning to Keeneland again in 2022.