Authentic connection suits Mori at Keeneland
Japanese trainer and agent Hideyuki Mori has continued his pursuit of siblings of Kentucky Derby winners, adding a full brother to Authentic at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, a day after buying a half-brother to Justify.
Hideyuki Mori insists that he looks at the physical before the pedigree when it comes to yearling purchases, but for the second day in a row at Keeneland, the Japanese trainer landed on an impeccable page, buying an Into Mischief colt who happens to be the brother to 2020 Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup classic winner Authentic.
The colt, offered as Hip 247, and already given the name Awesome, sold for US$800,000 to Mori, who also paid US$1.2 million for the Curlin half-brother to Justify on Monday.
Authentic, now a resident alongside his own sire Into Mischief at Spendthrift in Kentucky, won six of his eight starts, including a Kentucky Derby held in September rather than May due to COVID. Racing for a syndicate which included over 5000 microshare owners though My Racehorse, Authentic blitzed the field in the Breeders Cup Classic, setting a new track record at Keeneland in the process in what would be his final start.
He and the yearling colt purchased by Mori on Tuesday are out of the Mr Greeley mare Flawless and both were sold by Bridie Harrison for breeder Peter Blum Thoroughbreds.
Mori has also clearly taken a shine to the progeny of champion stallion Into Mischief, having purchased $1 million-plus colts by him this year at both the Saratoga Select Yearling Sale and the Ocala Select Yearling Sale.