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McKinzie

  • Jockey
  • Trainer
    Bob Baffert
  • Owner
    Karl Watson
  • Breeder
    Summer Wind Farm
  • Sire
    Street Sense
  • Dam
    Runway Model

McKinzie was one of the brightest stars in the early season preps for this year's Kentucky Derby after three wins in four starts, but ended up missing the entire Triple Crown season and the
marquee summer races after a hind leg injury in the spring.

While his stablemate, Justify, carried the banner high for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and went on to become the 13 th winner of the elusive Triple Crown, McKinzie sat on the sidelines,
but he’s now ready to resume the role of top 3-year-old in the Baffert barn now that Justify is retired.

He made a strong case for that when he won the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby Sept. 22 by 1 ¾ lengths in his first race in six months.

"If anything can be taken away from a sting of a Triple Crown horse retiring, it's a horse like this," said jockey Mike Smith, who also rode Justify, after the Pennsylvania Derby. "He is an
incredible horse. Really, really proud of him. Bob [trainer Bob Baffert] had him ready. To come off the bench at a mile and an eighth, Bob is just a tremendous trainer. I felt very confident that I could be aggressive early and move a little early."
 
"He had been training really well," Baffert added after the race. "I always felt like he was the best 3-year-old and then he got hurt and Justify picked it up. He has come back with the time off and has responded really well. It was good to see him get back in the game. It was a pretty tall order to go 1 1/8 miles off that kind of layoff. But you can do it with good horses. I thought we had him pretty tight. I thought we had him pretty tight I felt like he was the best horse. If you had asked me on January 1, I would have told you we were going to win the Kentucky Derby with that horse."

The colt, a $170,000 purchase at Keeneland's 2016 September Sale, was named for Baffert's longtime friend, the late Brad McKinzie, a 30-year executive at Los Alamitos Race Course who
died is August 2017.

Lifetime Stats

Earnings
$
Breeders’ Cup Winner
2018 Pennsylvania Derby*
0
2019 Graded Stakes Points

Previous Races

ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
June 08, 2019Runhappy Metropolitan H.BELMONT PARK12
May 03, 2019Alysheba S. presented by Sentient JetCHURCHILL DOWNS21
April 06, 2019Santa Anita H. Presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo and CasinoSANTA ANITA PARK12
February 02, 2019San Pasqual S.SANTA ANITA PARK22
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
December 26, 2018Malibu S.SANTA ANITA PARK11
November 03, 2018Breeders' Cup ClassicCHURCHILL DOWNS112
September 22, 2018Pennsylvania DerbyPARX RACING11
March 10, 2018San Felipe S.SANTA ANITA PARK21
January 06, 2018Sham S.SANTA ANITA PARK31
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
December 09, 2017Los Alamitos Cash Call FuturityLOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE12
October 28, 2017 SANTA ANITA PARK 1

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