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Authentic’s Foal Derby: Fillies Face Off In Week 9 Finals

The first foals by Spendthrift Farm's Horse of the Year Authentic have begun to arrive, and to celebrate, Spendthrift is hosting a “Foal Derby” to share photos of the stallion's debut crop and reward breeders and fans with prizes.

Each week leading up to the Kentucky Derby, a group of Authentic's foals will be displayed on Spendthrift Farm's social media channels. The two foals with the most likes and shares will face off in the finals each Friday to decide the favorite. Both finalists will then be among 20 horses eligible to win the grand prizes, based on the results of this year's Kentucky Derby. Voters will also be eligible for weekly prizes.

To learn more about the rules and prizes for both breeders and voters, click here.

Authentic, a 5-year-old son of Into Mischief, stands at Spendthrift Farm for an advertised fee of $70,000. He was named Horse of the Year in 2020, following a campaign that saw him earn Grade 1 victories in the Kentucky Derby, Breeders' Cup Classic, and Haskell Stakes.

This week's finals sees a pair of fillies squaring off. One is the first foal out of the mare, and the other is a continuation of a good thing, with a new twist.

Click here to vote on the Week 9 finalists. Voting is also available on Spendthrift's Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Let's take a look at this week's finalists…

Foal: Filly o/o Truly Gifted 

Bred by: Drumkenny Farm, American Equistock Inc. and Dromoland Farm Inc.

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The fifth foal out of the placed Afleet Alex mare Truly Gifted. Three of her previous four matings were with Into Mischief, including two of racing age, both of which are multiple winners. The filly's second dam is the Grade 2 winner True Flare, whose foals include Grade 1 winner Latent Heat, Grade 2 winner Indian Flare, and French Group 3 winner Art Master.

“She has a body to die for,” said Pat Costello of Drumkenny Farm. “She is all quality. She's very correct, and just looks very fast. We bought the dam in partnership with Gerry Dilger, God rest him, so his widow heir owns her with us now, with American Equistock and myself, Drumkenny Farm.

“We had bred the mare to Into Mischief three times,” he continued. “In fact, we got $510,000 for her weanling last year. Him being a son of of Into Mischief and a Derby winner with beautiful conformation, we thought he would be a good match for her.”

Foal: Filly o/o Bella Aurora

Bred by: Natalma

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The first foal out of Bella Aurora, a stakes-winning daughter of Carpe Diem. Cash Run, the winner of the 1999 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies is in her extended family, along with Grade 1 winner and notable sire Forestry and Grade 2 winner Golden Spikes.

“She is an athletic filly with a lot of quality,” said Natalma's Amy Lanigan. “She is well-balanced and correct with a great walk, an outstanding first foal for the mare. Authentic has added a perfect amount of scope and elegance and we are delighted with her.”

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