Authentic named 2020 Horse of the Year

January 29, 2021

Authentic, winner of the 2020 Kentucky Derby and Breeders Cup Classic, has been crowned Horse of the Year and Champion 3-year-old honours at Thursday’s Eclipse Awards.

He won the G1 Haskell S. in July, looking a winner every step of the way, before heading to Louisville.

In the Kentucky Derby with Hall of Famer John Velazquez at the controls for the first time, Authentic took them every step at Churchill, proving that his all-conquering sire’s progeny could indeed stay a Classic distance.

In November during the G1 Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic, Authentic treated a classy field including Eclipse Award winner Improbable (City Zip), former champion Maximum Security (New Year’s Day) and G1 Belmont S. and Eclipse Award runner-up Tiz the Law (Consititution) to a 2.3L beating.

“This is a big deal for me. I wish all owners could have the same experience and I’m happy to be a part of this,” said Spendthrift owner B. Wayne Hughes.

“I think his [stud] career is going to be great. But who knows, God’s in charge of that.”

Authentic was one of two Eclipse winners Thursday evening for Into Mischief and becomes the third son of Into Mischief to stand at Spendthrift, joining Goldencents and Maximus Mischief.

Authentic hails from the female family of G1 winners Reynaldothewizard, Seventh Street, American Gal and is bred on a cross over Gone West-line mares responsible for Into Mischief’s GISW Mia Mischief and other graded winners Engage, Mischievous Alex, Sombeyay and Strict Compliance.