Briefly off the radar to set himself straight, Authentic now might have to get used to having a target on his back. Bob Baffert’s latest star achieved that by blowing past Kentucky Derby favorite Tiz the Law to win going away Saturday at Churchill Downs. Tiz the Law’s team suggested after the Derby that the colt would be there, with owner Jack Knowlton adding to ”hopefully win that and get some revenge.” Baffert sounded just as eager Sunday as he digested Authentic’s 1 1/4-length victory over the 3-5 favorite at Churchill Downs.
Bob Baffert endured the lowest of lows and highest of highs within minutes in the Kentucky Derby. Then Baffert found himself down again, literally, getting knocked to the grass by a skittish Authentic in the winner’s circle.
For John Velazquez, his third Kentucky Derby win was as charming as the first. It was certainly stunning for the Hall of Fame jockey who guided Authentic to a wire-to-wire victory on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Tiz the Law gave it a shot down the stretch, but Authentic won by 1 1/4 lengths.
Authentic held off heavily favored Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law to capture the 146th Kentucky Derby on Saturday, giving trainer Bob Baffert a record-equalling sixth victory in the Run for the Roses.
Authentic took charge early and held off race favorite Tiz the Law down the stretch to win the 146th Kentucky Derby in a wire-to-wire performance that gave Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his sixth victory. Tiz the Law got close entering the stretch before Authentic pulled away to win the race run without spectators at Churchill Downs.