3-year-old pedigrees: Authentic's the real deal; how far can he go?

January 09, 2020 10:15am

Authentic proved that he’s legit with a runaway victory in last Saturday's Sham Stakes (G3), while 2020 Kentucky Derby hopefuls cropped up at Gulfstream Park, Aqueduct and Fair Grounds in recent days. Let’s take a look at their capabilities, according to pedigrees.

(Into Mischief - Flawless, by Mr. Greeley) 

Authentic ran away from five other colts in the Sham under jockey Drayden Van Dyke, with the two opening up with every stride. Van Dyke had his hands
 full as the Bob Baffert-trained Authentic raced greenly, ducking in and out while switching leads in the stretch. No matter, as the pair won the one-mile event by 7 3/4 lengths in a final time of 1:37.57.  Authentic earned 10 points towards the Kentucky Derby.

Authentic has a miler/middle distance pedigree. As a leading sire, Into Mischief needs little introduction. His offspring are generally best up to 1 1/8 miles and include this year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint champ Covfefe, Springboard Mile hero Shoplifted and Sound Machine, winner of the recent Glitter Woman Stakes at Gulfstream.

Authentic is the first foal out of Flawless, who started only twice as a sprinter/miler. She’s one of two foals to race out of an un-raced dam. The third generation of Authentic’s female family includes Dubai Golden Shaheen hero Reynaldothewizard, Speedy multiple Grade 1-winning sprinter American Gal, Go For Wand heroine Seventh Street and her foal, Grade 1-placed sprinter Marking. Mr. Greeley is the damsire of 71 listed/graded winners strongest up to middle distances. A few have won at Classic distances, such as Eskimo Kisses, winner of the 2018 Alabama Stakes.

(Currency Swap - Vagabon Diva, by Pleasantly Perfect)

Chance It took a rail trip to victory in Saturday’s
Mucho Macho Man Stakes. After tracking the pace in fourth, Tyler Gaffalione eased Chance It through an opening on the rail, where he immediately engaged As Seen On Tv, who took the overland route. The duo fought hard to the wire, with Chance It prevailing by a head at Gulfstream Park. The Saffie Joseph Jr. trainee clocked a mile in 1:35.53. Chance It captured the Dr. Fager and In Reality, two of the FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes, and missed a sweep of the series in the Affirmed Stakes by a head.

Chance It has a miler/middle distance pedigree. The precocious Currency Swap captured the Hopeful Stakes (G1) as a juvenile and the Amsterdam Stakes (G2) at 3. The Florida-based stallion has few black type earners, all sprinter/milers. Chance It Currency Swap’s most accomplished progeny, and it's notable he won at 1 1/16 miles already in the Florida sire series.

Chance It is the second foal and first black type earner in the immediate family. His dam, Vagabon Diva, is a half-sister to multiple stakes-winning sprinter Aireofdistinction, an earner of $329,521 in 22 starts. Aireofdistinction is the only other black type earner in three generations of Chance It’s female family; however, this is the family of sire Northern Afleet.

Chance It's damsire, 2003 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Pleasantly Perfect, hails from the line of legendary sire Ribot. Pleasantly Perfect stood at stud for nine seasons before shipping to Turkey. A relatively young broodmare sire, he’s represented by eight listed/graded winners, none of whom have won beyond 1 1/8-miles. Pleasantly Perfect is the damsire of multiple Grade 1-winning sprinter Spiced Perfection, plus last year’s Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf heroine Sharing and 2020 Derby hopeful Green Light Go.

(Lookin At Lucky - Untamed Passion, by Pulpit) 2nd in MM stakes

As Seen On Tv tracked the pace in the clear on the outside, then joined up with Chance It and battled gamely to the wire. The Kelly Breen trainee previously captured the Juvenile Sprint Stakes at Gulfstream Park West and placed second in the Smoke Glacken at Monmouth.

As Seen On Tv has a solid middle-distance pedigree and may handle classic distances. Lookin At Lucky was champion 2-year-old and 3-year-old and captured the Preakness Stakes. The son of Smart Strike has sired 30 listed/graded winners, including 2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Accelerate and this year’s Kentucky Derby winner (by DQ) Country House.

As Seen On Tv is the second stakes winner in his immediate family. His half-brother, Cage Fighter, is a stakes winner and multiple graded placed from a mile to 1 1/8 miles over the lawn. The second generation of the female family includes Triple Bend hero Centralinteligence, plus Super Derby winner and sire Fantasticat. As Seen On Tv’s second dam Lotta Dancing is a Grade 3-winning miler, and she placed in the 1 1/4-mile Ladies Handicap. As Seen On Tv’s third dam, Lotka, was a multiple graded winner, earning victories from the one-mile Acorn to the 1 1/2-mile La Prevoyante Handicap.

(Commissioner - Bide a Wee Island, by Sligo Bay (IRE))

Island Commish earned his first stakes victory in the
Kitten’s Joy Stakes (G3) on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Under Paco Lopez, Island Commish tracked the pacesetter Get Smokin from the outside before moving into contention around the far turn. Island Commish battled with Get Smokin down the stretch before inching clear to win by a half-length. The Joseph Jr. trainee completed the 7 1/2-mile turf event in a sharp 1:28.25.

Island Commish is bred to handle classic distances and has been successful over dirt, mud and turf, giving him intriguing options as a 3-year-old. Commissioner, a son of A.P. Indy, won the Hawthorne Gold Cup at 1 1/4-miles, and he placed in the 2014 Belmont. Commissioner is ranked No. 16 on the first crop sire list. His offspring are later maturing and should hit their stride as they develop.

Island Commish is the second foal and first blacktype earner in his immediate family. His dam is a half-sister to the multiple graded stakes-winning turf sprint veteran Something Extra, who banked $1,015,394 in 39 starts. Stakes-winning sprinter Ciuri and restricted placed sprinter Entsistle complete the black type earners in the second generation of the distaff line.

Sligo Bay, a son of the great Sadler’s Wells, spent his stud career in Florida and Canada. His daughters bore only two listed/graded winners, including Island Commish, but Sligo Bay is also the damsire of restricted winners Miss Freeze, who captured the six-furlong Lyngate Stakes during her career and Pay for Peace, winner of the 1 1/8-mile Plate Trial Stakes at Woodbine.

(Tapit - Fierce Boots, by Tiznow)

Portos showed his fondness for Aqueduct’s muddy track on New Year’s Eve day with a rousing 10 3/4-length victory in a 1 1/8-mile maiden event. Jose Lezcanno kept Portos reserved in the back and to the outside of the horses. The pretty gray colt moved up gradually around the turn, took over at the quarter-pole and galloped home under a loose rein.
 The Todd Pletcher trainee stopped the clock in 1:54.58.

 Belmont Stakes, anyone? Portos has a later maturing-classic distance pedigree. He’s a first foal out of Busanda winner Fierce Boots. She’s a half-sister to Grade 1-winner and sire Power Broker, and to stakes-placed miler Smart Shopping. This is the distaff line of sire Trappe Shot, Personal Ensign heroine Miss Shop, and Springboard Mile winner Shoplifted. Tiznow is a Top 20 broodmare sire with 26 listed/graded winners. His daughters bore Champagne Stakes hero Tiz the Law, Grade 1 winner Come Dancing and multiple graded winner Mr. Money, to name a few. 

(American Pharoah - Loudly, by War Front)

Phast Pharoah lived up to his moniker last Saturday over the Santa Anita Park turf in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden event. Joel Rosario and Phast Pharoah tracked the pace from third before showed a tremendous turn of foot down the lane to win by 1 1/4 lengths. The Jeff Bonde trainee finished up in 1:01.67, just a tick off the track record of 1:01.49.

Phast Pharoah has a sprinter/miler pedigree. American Pharoah is quickly building a foundation as a solid sire. His first crop includes undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint champ Four Wheel Drive, Jessamine Stakes winner Sweet Melania, plus Prince of Pharoahs, who placed in the Jerome and American Theorem, runner-up in the American Pharoah Stakes.

Phast Pharoah is the first foal out of Loudly, a sprinter who competed over turf and all-weather in Great Britain. Loudly is a half-sister to nine-furlong specialist The Lady’s Groom, and to stakes-winning sprinter Marina De Chavon.
Phast Pharoah’s third generation includes the venerable old sprinters Punch Line, who earned $963,749 in 55 starts, and Spar, who earned $139,308 in 111 starts. War Front is a young damsire, with only four black type winners, including Long Branch winner Joevia, who also finished third in the Belmont Stakes.

(Ghostzapper - Bobby's Babe, by Smart Strike)

Major Fed showed his fondness for the Fair Grounds main track on New Year’s Day in a 1 1/16-mile maiden event. Making his second start, he took a wide trip while rating in mid-pack. Brian Hernandez Jr. gave the son of Ghostzapper his head around the half-mile pole. The pair went five-wide around the turn and rallied down the center of the course while breezing by the pack to win by 4 1/2 lengths. T
he Greg Foley trainee stopped the clock in 1:45.48.

In his debut, the promising Major Fed came up against a couple of nice colts, yet still finished a creditable third behind the more experienced Gold Street (winner of the Sugar Bowl next out) and Mayberry Deputy (next out winner by 2 1/2 lengths). Foley is uncertain where Major Fed will race next, but the goal is undoubtedly the Kentucky Derby trail.

Major Fed is bred to love classic distances, and there are also turf affinities in the family, so that’s an option down the road. Ghostzapper sires brilliant sprinters, such as 2014 Champion Female Sprinter Judy the Beauty and routers like Santa Anita Handicap and Queens Plate hero Shaman Ghost. Major Fed is a full brother to Zapperini, a multiple stakes-placed turf router who placed in the 2019 John B. Connally Turf Handicap. Major Fed’s half-sister, May Lily, is a stakes-winning turf sprinter. The rest of the black type in this distaff line is international. Major Fed’s damsire Smart Strike is an intermediate/Classic Chef-de-raced, recognized for imparting stamina to his progeny. He’s a Top 10-leading broodmare sire. 


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