Authentic goes wire-to-wire to win Breeders' Cup Classic

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Authentic has won the Breeders' Cup Classic, going wire-to-wire for a 2¼-length victory over Improbable that gave trainer Bob Baffert a 1-2 finish Saturday at Keeneland.
The Kentucky Derby champion and Preakness runner-up broke out of the gate quickly and set the pace for others to follow. Stablemate Maximum Security pursued for a while before Global Security overtook him and then was passed by Improbable entering the stretch. Authentic, at 9-2, never let up with John Velazquez aboard and extended his lead by the end.

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Authentic earned his fifth win in seven starts this year and made a strong case as the year's top 3-year-old. It also bookended a successful day for Baffert, whose filly Gamine opened the $31 million season-ending world championships with a dominant, record-setting victory in the $1 million Filly and Mare Sprint.

Authentic's winning time in the $6 million race over 1¼ miles wasn't immediately available because of a technical glitch.

Authentic paid $10.40, $5.40 and $4.20.

Improbable returned $4.80 and $3.30 while Global Campaign paid $8.80.

Just before that, even-money favorite Monomoy Girl blew by the leaders around the final turn and held off a challenge by 14-1 shot Valiance to win the 1 1/8-mile Distaff for the top fillies and mares 3 years old and up.

The star 5-year-old won for the 13th time in 15th races, giving trainer Brad Cox his fourth win at this Breeders' Cup to tie the record.

"I thought she was better than she'd ever been coming into this, I really, really did, and I think she proved that," Cox said. "Just a tremendous filly. She's a champion."

Monomoy Girl won in 1:47.84, paying $4.00 to win, $3.00 to…
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