When B. Wayne Hughes watched Authentic cross the wire first in the rescheduled Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) at Churchill Downs, the owner of Spendthrift Farm did so from the comfort of his home. With COVID-19 still raging in the Bluegrass state at the time and spectators limited on the grounds for the American classic, the veteran horse owner reveled in his “Run for the Roses” victory from afar.
Two months later at Keeneland when Authentic lined up once again in the gate to contest the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 7, not even the continued threat of a pandemic could keep 87-year-old Hughes away from the track.
In other Breeders’ Cup Action, Dayoutoftheoffice was second on Friday in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Grade 1. DCTM claimed the mare and then helped with the mating for Siena Farm.