Mi­cro- own­ers wait­ing to see Au­then­tic race in Breed­ers’ Cup

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Ken­tucky Derby win­ner Au­then­tic ran the fastest race of his life on Oct. 3 in the Preak­ness Stakes, but the colt fin­ished sec­ond to a filly named Swiss Sky­diver.

Au­then­tic has more own­ers than any horse in the his­tory of rac­ing — in­clud­ing 5,314 mi­croown­ers who each paid $ 206 per share through MyRace­horse. com, which owns 12.5% of the horse.

Mi­cro- own­ers are still wait­ing to learn their pay­outs from the two Triple Crown races. Au­then­tic won its own­ers $ 200,000 in the Preak­ness and $ 1.8 mil­lion in the Ken­tucky Derby.

“We are go­ing to pay div­i­dends when Au­then­tic starts breed­ing,” said Michael Behrens, the Cal­i­for­nia man who came up with the con­cept for MyRace­horse, which last year sold more than 70,000 shares in 47 horses.

“Breed­ing is where the real money is,” he said in a text mes­sage in­ter­view this week. “Au­then­tic im­proved his stud fee by 50- 100% with those two per­for­mances. “Now we are on to the big one.”

The Breed­ers’ Cup on Nov. 7 in Lex­ing­ton, Ky., is billed as North Amer­ica’s rich­est race. The purse to be split among the top four fin­ish­ers is $ 6 mil­lion, six times higher than this year’s Preak­ness


Au­then­tic is not the fa­vorite in the Breed­ers’ Cup, but odd­s­mak­ers cur­rently have him at re­spectable 8- 1 odds.

Af­ter Au­then­tic won the Ken­tucky Derby, MyRace­horse. com sold out of shares, leav­ing thou­sands of peo­ple on the wait­ing list to buy a mi­cro- share of a thor­ough­bred. Mr. Behrens said he and his staff will be buy­ing more horses. The site shows photos of three year­lings who will be for sale soon.

Hero dog awards

Who will be crowned the 2020 Amer­i­can Hero Dog? Find out at 8 p. m. Mon­day on Hall­mark Chan­nel. The two- hour broad­cast will cel­e­brate the 10th an­niver­sary of the Amer­i­can Hu­mane Hero Dog Awards.

Dog lovers cast more than 1 mil­lion on­line votes to nar­row the field from 408 nom­i­nees to seven fi­nal­ists. The fi­nal­ists and their cat­e­gories are:

• Labrador re­triever Dolly Paw­ton, 4, ser­vice dog. She is a car­diac alert dog in Naples, Maine. She lets her part­ner know when her heart rate rises to a dan­ger­ous level.

• Labrador re­triever/ mix Rem­ing­ton, 9, search and res­cue. He trav­eled the coun­try to dis­as­ter sites, in­clud­ing Hur­ri­cane Har­vey. In 2019 Rem­ing­ton was di­ag­nosed with cancer, and Pro­ject K9 Hero Donors raised money

for the ex­pen­sive surgery that saved his life. He’s now re­tired in Mont­gomery, Texas.

• Labrador re­triever Blue II, 11, mil­i­tary dog. She served in Afghanista­n and other de­ploy­ments from 2011 to 2018, sav­ing Navy sailors and Marines by de­tect­ing im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices. She re­tired to Lawrencevi­lle, Ga., in 2018.

• Labrador/ golden re­triever/ mix Aura, 7, hear­ing dog. She lives in Brunswick, Maine, where she serves a sol­dier who lost his hear­ing in a rocket at­tack in Afghanista­n.

• Ger­man shep­herd/ Bel­gian Mali­nois/ mix Cody, 8, law en­force­ment. An­other dog who de­tects ex­plo­sives, she has worked in Iraq and

lives in New­port News, Va., where she safe­guards sports events and does bomb searches for lo­cal agen­cies.

• Chi­huahua MacKen­zie, 6, shelter dog. Born in a shelter with a cleft palate, she now works in a shelter in Hil­ton, N. Y., with pup­pies and other baby an­i­mals with se­ri­ous med­i­cal prob­lems.

• Poo­dle mix Olive, 7, ther­apy dog. Res­cued from the streets of Los An­ge­les, she was trained as a ther­apy dog and has ac­com­pa­nied more than 300 chil­dren to court hear­ings in Jef­fer­son City, Mo.

Nick Wass/ As­so­ci­ated Press

Au­then­tic, left, rid­den by John Ve­lazquez, is edged out by Swiss Sky­diver, rid­den by Robby Al­barado, who won the 145th Preak­ness Stakes horse race on Oct. 3 at Pim­lico Race Course in Bal­ti­more.

Dan Stein­berg/ Invision for Amer­i­can Hu­mane/ AP

Fox Chapel na­tive Beth Stern, in the pink gown, hosted the 2018 Amer­i­can Hu­mane Hero Dog Awards show in Bev­erly Hills, Calif. The 2020 show will air Mon­day on Hall­mark Chan­nel.

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