Authentic won the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Photo by Scott Serio/Breeders’ Cup/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM.

You knew something was up when the opening quarter-mile in the Breeders’ Cup Classic November 7 initially was posted as 17 seconds-and-change.

Shortly thereafter, the opening time was taken off the screen, and no other internal fractions were posted. When the chart came out, it gave the Bob Baffert trainee Authentic an official time of 1:59.19.

However, Equibase announced today that it would revise the final time. The company issued the following statement today:

EQUIBASE STATEMENT: 2020 Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Race Time

Prior to the running of the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (Gr. 1) on November 7, 2020, at Keeneland, a photo eye at the start of the race was  inadvertently tripped, which resulted in an error when attempting to operate the timing system manually causing inaccurate timing for all fractions and the final time of the race. A final time of 1:59.19 was initially provided by Equibase using the available video replay. After subsequent and more detailed review and timing of the race from multiple sources and camera angles, Keeneland and Equibase have determined the fractional times for the Classic (:23.20, :46.84, 1:10.32, 1:34.64) and confirmed a final time of 1:59.60. The Classic chart has been updated and the running of Authentic in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic is now the official track record for the 1 ¼-mile distance at Keeneland.