Above: Authentic, with John Velazquez up, wins the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, KY, USA. Nov 7, 2020. Photography by Jamie Newell / Racingfotos.com.

With likely Horse of the Year Authentic (USA) (Into Mischief {USA}) recently retired to stud, the Bob Baffert barn wasted no time unveiling its next speedy superstar by the nation’s leading sire as the China Horse Club and WinStar Farm’s Life is Good (USA) (Into Mischief {USA}) demolished his competition to become a no-brainer ‘TDN Rising Star’.

The bay made all the running at Del Mar on Sunday and he was always in complete control and to streak home by 9.5l.

Life Is Good, who was a US$525,000 (AU$717,000) Keeneland September Yearling Sale buy, is bred on the same cross as promising young sire Practical Joke (USA) (Into Mischief {USA}). His dam, herself a US$435,000 (AU$594,000) September buy, never won in five tries but hit the board in maiden special weights in both Kentucky and Arkansas.

Life Is Good’s second dam is stakes winner Bonnie Blue Flag (USA) (Mineshaft {USA}), who sold for US$1.5 million (AU$2.05 million) in 2011, but just US$15,000 (AU$20,500) last November in foal to California Chrome (USA) at the age of 12 after having little success with her produce on the track.

Article courtesy of TDN