Thursday, August 28, 2008
Authenicat is the real deal in Eternal Search
TORONTO, August 27 - Authenicat was an easy winner of Wednesday's $125,000 Eternal Search Stakes at Woodbine.
In hand through the final 70 yards, the Ontario-bred racked up her third career added-money tally and her second in a row, having entered off a strong Passing Mood score.
After settling in fourth early, the Josie Carroll trainee reeled in her rivals effortlessly on the second turn and opened up impressively for a 3 1/4-length score in the Ontario-sired event.
Winning jockey Robert Landry commended his filly's ability to finish.
"She's got an explosive kick if you can get her to relax," he said. "These kinds of horses are a pleasure to ride. It makes out job very easy."
Landry was surprised how fast Authenicat travelled in an Aug. 11 workout (:57 3/5), in preparation for the Eternal Search.
"I don't usually work horses fast. When I came back and Josie (Carroll) said how fast we went I couldn't believe it because she did it so easily. She's a tremendous filly. I'm glad she performed well today because I would have gotten the blame if she didn't," added Landry.
Going into the Eternal Search, Authenicat had yet to win a two-turn race. Carroll said she was concerned about the route distance.
"I was worried she would be too sharp and use herself up early. My exercise riders have done a great job of relaxing this filly. Rob (Landry) gets along with her so well he almost lulls her to sleep. She chills for him and when he asks her to go, she explodes," explained Carroll.
The daughter of D'wildcat increased her earnings to $490,277 and is now a five-time winner in 12 career starts.
Authenicat returned $3.90, $2.70 and $2.10, combining with Nicki Knew ($3.30, $2.50) for an $8.60 exactor. Lady d'Wildcat returned $3.20 to show.