By Richard Rosenblatt
Make no mistake, this race was never in doubt once Authentic took the lead in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Unlike the grinding finish to the U.S. presidential race, it took Authentic under two minutes to go wire-to-wire and win the BC Classic (G1) at Keeneland on Saturday to stake a claim as Horse of the Year.
With Hall of Famer John Velazquez aboard, Authentic (4-1) shot into the lead at the get-go and just kept running, and running, covering the 1 ¼ miles in a track record 1:59.19. Triple Crown winner American Pharoah held the previous record of 2:00.07.