LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky Derby winner Authentic broke to the lead and never trailed Saturday en route to capturing the Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.
Authentic prevailed against a strong Classic field that included this year's Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law, Maximum Security, who finished first in the 2019 Kentucky Derby before being disqualified and placed 17th, and fellow Bob Baffert-trained stablemate Improbable.
Authentic and jockey John Velazquez started the 1 1/4-mile race from the No. 9 post in a 10-horse field. The Into Mischief colt paid $10.40, $5.40 and $4.20 in a victory that came two months after winning the Kentucky Derby by 1 1/4 lengths.
Improbable finished 2 1/2 lengths behind in second, ahead of Global Campaign in third. Maximum Security, also trained by Baffert, finished fifth. Pre-race favorite Tiz the Law was sixth.
Authentic - owned by Spendthrift Farm, MyRaceHorse.com, Madaket Stables and Starlight Racing Stable -- rebounded from a loss in the Preakness Stakes to filly Swiss Skydiver last month.
The $6 million Classic was the climax to nine Breeders' Cup races at thoroughbred racing's annual season-ending event.
Earlier Saturday, Monomoy Girl won her fourth straight race after an 18-month layoff by winning the $2 million Distaff. The 2018 Eclipse Award winner as champion 3-year-old filly ran the 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.84 under Florent Geroux to capture the race for the second time in three years.
Swiss Skydiver stumbled out of the gate and finished seventh in the Distaff. Valiance was 1 3/4 lengths back in second, a half-length ahead of Dunbar Road.
In the $4 million Turf, Irish filly Tarnawa stormed down the stretch to overtake leader Channel Maker and prevail by a length. Tarnawa posted a winning time of 2:28.02 for 1 1/2 miles.
Other Saturday winners included Bob Baffert-trained Gamine, by 6 1/4 lengths, in the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint; 73-1 shot Order of Australia, from Ireland, in the $2 million Mile; 7-year-old Whitmore in the $2 million Sprint; English filly Glass Slippers in the $1 million Turf Sprint; favored colt Knicks Go in the $1 million Dirt Mile; and France's Audarya in the $2 million Filly & Mare Turf.