07/20/2013 6:11PM

Saratoga: Authenticity stays home to win Shuvee

Barbara D. Livingston
Authenticity wins the Grade 3 Shuvee by a length over Flashy American.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Trainer Todd Pletcher’s decision to wait to take on champion Royal Delta until another day paid big dividends when Authenticity registered a popular one-length decision over a game Flashy American in Saturday’s $200,000 Shuvee at Saratoga. The win was the second of three stakes victories for Pletcher on the card, along with Silsita in the My Princess Jess and Princess of Sylmar in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks.

Pletcher entered Authenticity in both the Grade 3 Shuvee and Grade 1 Delaware Handicap, which featured an appearance from two-time Eclipse Award winner Royal Delta, but opted to stay at Saratoga and await a likely confrontation with the division leader later in the session in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign on Aug. 25.

“It’s been really hot the last few days, and we felt by shipping her to Delaware it might compromise her later in the year,” Pletcher said when asked to explain the reasoning for keeping Authenticity at home Saturday. “So we thought we’d keep her at Saratoga, we like to win here, and it sets her up well for the Personal Ensign.”

With John Velazquez back aboard, Authenticity stalked the early pace of Sea Island who was allowed to set leisurely fractions of 25.46 seconds for the quarter, 50.80 for the half, and 1:15.03 for the opening six furlongs. Authenticity went after the leader turning for home, took control in early stretch, and then withstood a late run along the rail from Flashy American. Sea Island finished a tiring third.

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Both Royal Lahaina and Zenyatta’s baby sister, Eblouissante, were eased to the wire. Eblouissante delayed the start briefly when getting a little anxious in the gate, stumbled momentarily at the break, and was never a serious factor.

Authenticity, a 6-year-old daughter of Quiet American who returned to the races earlier this year following an 18-month hiatus, is owned by Padua Stables. She covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:52.33 over a fast track and paid $3.

“She got into a good stalking position, a good comfortable rhythm, and I thought it was a good effort from her,” Pletcher said. “She’s a total professional. She’s easy to train, easy to ride, the main thing was we wanted her to be in a comfortable rhythm.”

Trainer Ken McPeek said he was proud of Flashy American in defeat.

“She ran super,” McPeek said. “If you look at her past performances, the last five times I ran her on the dirt she won. The only reason she didn’t win the others was because she was either at the wrong distance or on the wrong surface, and that would be my fault. She’s a good filly, and we’re proud of her.”

Walter More than 1 year ago
I missed the start of the race so I also missed the shenanigans by Ebby. That will always do a filly in. Sounds like they prop should've scratched her. If she came out of the race ok, the silver lining here is that she gained some experience and maybe learned something.
Mark Shrader More than 1 year ago
Why is Sherrifs running in Saratoga anyway?
Edward Potash More than 1 year ago
They should have scratched Eblouissante at the gate. After she rearded up she was sitting on the ground for a minute.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
I agree... Cracked tooth and stifles cut. That's enough to throw this race out. Hope she comes back all ok.
zerosumzen More than 1 year ago
Two broken teeth. Not scratching her is stealing from the bettors. (didn't bet on it).
Vince More than 1 year ago
Is everyone who posts not paying attention.....the hosrse went nuts in the gate and ran a bad one...It happens , she is still 2 of 3 , with the EXCEPTION of the Breeders Cup this field was tougher than any field Zenyatta ever faced and shw did it in her 3rd race
Barry Taylor More than 1 year ago
Not true. In Zenyatta's 4th start, she shipped to the Apple Blossom (first time Mike rode her), she ran against the reigning Older female of the year and Ladies Classic winner (Ginger Punch).
Sue Werner More than 1 year ago
Maybe Ebby just doesn't want to be a racer...not every thoroughbred is destined for the track. With her bloodlines she would make a good broodmare. Everyone is looking for the next Zenyatta and it's not going to happen. She was a once in a lifetime horse.
commenting More than 1 year ago
I said the exact thing below and got slammed for it by some "geniuses." It's exactly true though, stop trying to make this filly into something she obviously isn't.
AZ Wildcat More than 1 year ago
Eblouissante is just another passive Bernardini... Why anyone would pay $150K to breed to him is beyond me. Every day there is another half million dollar Bernardini who can't/won't run.
Vince More than 1 year ago
Off the top of my head Stay Thirsty, Honor and Serve , Alpha
Barry Taylor More than 1 year ago
Eblouissante is 15 lengths behind in the stretch and going nowhere, but Rosie continues to beat her with the stick. That's garbage.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
It looked like both girls were pissed from the get.
Lise McLain More than 1 year ago
Hi! What happened to Eblouisssante? This is a terrible race for her to come in last. Should she have returned after such a long layoff to enter a stakes race at this time? Is it the racetrack? What went wrong? Thank you! Lise from Maine
Kyri Freeman More than 1 year ago
Eblouissante freaked out in the starting gate. If you look at the Twitter feed on the right side of the DRF home page, there is a current link to a Barbara Livingston picture of Ebli literally sitting on her hocks while she flails around. That's enough for any horse to run poorly, especially a lightly raced horse. Add the step up in class, the layoff with assorted, somewhat mysterious (to me) ailments, the first time she'd been on an off track (I think?), and she had a right to run poorly.
Rachel Harding More than 1 year ago
add to the fact that she has been training at Belmont all this time after John Sheriffs moved his barn from Cali to the East Coast, she's gotten used to that track and i thought she would start again there but i guess there weren't any good races for her there? Hopefully her next start IS there. But she's gunna live to race another day, this was just bad all the way around, she won twice in a row so we know she can run.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Easy Reach in the 6th today also won 2 in a row. You can get him for $25k today.
Anne Castle More than 1 year ago
She was standing fine and then all of a sudden reared up, sat down, almost went down after Rosie fell or jumped off. I have a photo just before she freaked where Rosie is talking to the jock next to her... maybe should have been calming the horse instead. You know most of the time races are over if there is a gate incient and in this case it was. She strumbled coming out as I have that photo as well. Off slow. She never recovered and was going no where. She never had a work over the track which is crazy. She was very alert in the paddock, stopping several times to check out her surroundings.She towered over the competition. Beautiful girl. My last racing photo It looked like she was bleeding from her mouth. Which after that gate crazyness, makes sense. No official word about her so far. Why did Corey not come out to ride her? A stakes race and her jock stays in CA?
commenting More than 1 year ago
Boy Eblouissante is a delicate flower. She just can't seem to handle being a racehorse. Seeing as her owner is gone, they should just put her through the breeding stock sale this fall. She's got good genes, someone will buy her to be a mom.
Chantal Smithless More than 1 year ago
She sure handled being a race horse in her first two starts. Who is to say what she may have done to herself in the starting gate PLUS having someone on her back that didn't know anything about her? At least when John made the change from Corey to Junior you can bet Junior had been on her multiple times in the morning. Put her through the breeding stock sale? Because her owner died? Because she lost the third race of her three race career after two victories? I don't think you know much about John Shirreffs and his reputation for what he accomplishes with horses he takes his time with.......just sayin'
commenting More than 1 year ago
Uh, let's see, she's 4 1/2, has run 3 times, the 2 races she won were nothing races against nothing horses. Today, she's put up against stakes horses and look what happened. And yes, you do realize that quite often when an owner dies? They disperse his horses as a part of cleaning up the estate. This filly has issues but obviously, you're not a horseman so you just don't get it, which is the case with about 90% of the people who comment here.
jimf552 More than 1 year ago
No need to respond to irrational thinking individuals that can't even post their identity.
Lucy Ohannessian More than 1 year ago
Not seeing Shirreffs at his best here, though. Absolute bet against : first start since January, in against a G1 filly who will run her eyeballs out and has a tactical edge? I was with McPeek in 2nd....filly had won her last four routes in a row. Way too much to ask of this newcomer, who was ridden a bit in her last against entrants who are essentially claimers. Graded filly in her yet in all likelihood, but this was overshooting. Better than she finished, but she would have needed to be a star of the first order to have won under these circumstances.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Well put. I didn't understand the placing. There are plenty of other options such as NW2 with Allowances. Too much time off and not seasoned enough for this race. I knew two things today. Jeranimo would win and Eblouissante would not.
Rachel Harding More than 1 year ago
she would of been entered in the Allowance race on Monday but that race didn't fill as expected so John opted to run her in the Shuvee instead since it was also another possible start for her. He had it planned that if one or the other didn't plan out he would run her regardless. Obviously he didn't foresee these events, these things can happen literally out of nowhere. Rosie said in the interview that the wait was a bit too long for Ebby and she just lost her cool, then i think i saw her stumble at the start. It was a crap shoot race for her so im not counting it. John Sheriffs isn't a fool, he knew how Ebby was going into this race, this whole thing was just unfortunate and he might school her in the gate during training now, get her used to waiting a little longer.
Rachel Harding More than 1 year ago
also i had a feeling she might of gotten beat anyways, Authenticity is a good filly and probably would of beaten Ebby or atleast given her a run for her money.
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
I researched historical charts for Saratoga 2012in preparation for this year's meet. I can count on one hand the number of NW2 other than they carded last year at any distance. Not sure about this year's condition book.