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Sports Authentic holds off Ny Traffic to win $1 million Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park

04:06  19 july  2020
04:06  19 july  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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OCEANPORT - Authentic held off a late charge from Ny Traffic to win a thrilling edition of the 53rd TVG.com $ 1 million Haskell Stakes by a nose It was the second graded stakes win within the last year for Horologist at Monmouth Park . She won the Grade III Monmouth Oaks last year when she

Authentic looked on his way down the stretch Saturday to an easy win in Monmouth Park ’s Grade 1, $ 1 million Haskell Stakes . Ny Traffic chased Authentic closely before giving ground coming into the stretch. The Saffie Joseph Jr. trainee then fought back valiantly under rider Paco Lopez, but just

a person riding a horse: Authentic (No. 2) inside, with Mike Smith, aboard, holds off Ny Traffic (No. 7) with Paco Lopez aboard, to win the $1 million TVG.com Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park © PETER ACKERMAN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Authentic (No. 2) inside, with Mike Smith, aboard, holds off Ny Traffic (No. 7) with Paco Lopez aboard, to win the $1 million TVG.com Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park

Authentic held off a late charge from Ny Traffic to win a thrilling edition of the 53rd TVG.com  $1 million Haskell Stakes by a nose at Monmouth Park on Saturday.

Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, Authentic, who was the 3-5 favorite, led wire-to-wire in the 1⅛ mile race and gave Baffert his record-extending ninth Haskell.

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Off his first career loss, Authentic makes his next start in the Grade 1, $ 1 million Haskell Stakes at Monmouth The best alternative option is Ny Traffic , who comes off a runner-up finish to the highly talented Maxfield Two starts ago, Dr Post won the Unbridled Stakes at Gulfstream Park with a 112

Authentic gave Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his record-extending ninth win in the $ 1 million Haskell Stakes , holding Authentic gave Baffert his record-extending ninth victory in the $ 1 million Grade 1 Haskell on Saturday, holding off late charging Ny Traffic by a nose at Monmouth Park .

Dr Post, the 9-5 second choice in the betting under 13-time Monmouth Park riding champion Joe Bravo, was a non-threatening third.

“I’m just so proud of him,'' Baffert said on the NBC broadcast after the race. "He looks at everything and I could tell he wasn’t focused going down the stretch. But he held on."

The winner paid $3.20 and the exacta paid $15.80.

Authentic led through fractions of 23.60, 47.52 and 1:11.50 with Ny Traffic, under Paco Lopez, chasing him.

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Authentic gave Baffert his record-extending ninth victory in the $ 1 million Grade 1 Haskell on Saturday, holding off late charging Ny Traffic by a nose at Monmouth Park . Jockey Mike Smith put the Santa Anita Derby runner-up on the lead at the start and they covered the 1 1/8- mile Grade 1

Authentic turned back a late charge by NY Traffic to win the $ 1 million , Grade 1 Haskell Stakes in a photo finish at Monmouth Park in Oceanport

Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith then let Authentic out a notch turning into the stretch and opened up daylight as Smith had not yet hit the son of Into Mischief.

However, Ny Traffic, who was the 5-1 third choice, came charging at Authentic  in the final sixteenth as Authentic appeared to be weakening while the 4,000 or so fans who were allowed to attend the race under the severe attendance limitation due to the COVID-19 pandemic roared.

Smith finally got into Authentic as the wire neared. The wire came up just in time for Authentic, who will likely be no worse than the third choice in the Kentucky Derby on Sept. 5 behind Belmont Stakes winner Tiz The Law and Santa Anita Derby winner Honor A.P.

"He saw that horse coming to him and he took off again,'' Baffert said. "(Assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes) said he came back, he wasn’t that tired. We’re learning about the horse; he might need a little blinkers. ''

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Stakes (G 1 ) at Monmouth Park when Authentic barely held on at the wire over a game Ny The Haskell is a Breeders’ Cup “ Win and You’re In” event, with Authentic receiving an automatic berth He saw that horse coming to him and he took off again." Authentic returned .20 to win , .60 to

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert got yet another win in the Haskell Stakes with a talented, developing colt who is now very much Authentic gave Baffert his record-extending ninth victory in the $ 1 million Grade 1 Haskell on Saturday, holding off late charging Ny Traffic by a nose at Monmouth Park .

The Haskell, like his defeat in the Santa Anita Derby, left the question of whether Authentic, who is now 4-for-5 for his career, can get the 1¼ mile distance of the Derby.

a man riding a horse: Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith gestures after he and Authentic held off Ny Traffic to win the $1 million TVG. com Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park. © PETER ACKERMAN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith gestures after he and Authentic held off Ny Traffic to win the $1 million TVG. com Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park.

“He was playing in the stretch, I’m telling you,'' Baffert said. "I told Mike (Smith), 'You have to stay after him, because he looks … you got to keep him busy.' I can tell he wasn’t laying it down. He was just playing out there.''

The Haskell Stakes was one of two Grade I races remaining before the Kentucky Derby is run on Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The Derby was moved from its traditional spot on the first Saturday in May because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Authentic received 100 of the 170 points at stake toward the Derby. He is now second on the Derby points list with 200 points, 72 behind Tiz The Law.

Ny Traffic, who was also second in the Louisiana Derby and Matt Winn Stakes in his two previous races, received 40 points toward the Derby. He is now third on the points list with 110.

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Dr Post received 20 points and moved into sixth on the list with 80 points.

The top three finishers are safely in the Derby field.

Jesus' Team was fourth and received his first 10 points for the Derby.

Under the traditional scheduling, the Haskell would have been the first Grade I race for 3-year-olds after the Triple Crown series of the Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

The pandemic resulted in the entire schedule for the Triple Crown series being changed. The Belmont was run on June 20 around one turn at 1⅛ miles, instead of its traditional 1½ miles around two turns.

Tiz The Law, who is being pointed toward the Grade I Travers on Aug. 8 at Saratoga, won the Belmont. The Preakness is Oct. 3. at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Authentic holds off Ny Traffic to win $1 million Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park

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