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

McKinzie, considered one of the leading contenders early in 2018 for a Triple Crown campaign, didn't get a chance to strut his stuff in any of those spring classics, but is hoping to make up for lost time in 2019. He ended up on the shelf after a hind leg injury last March, while his stablemate Justify went on to sweep all three races and became the 13th winner of the Triple Crown and the second for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who also won one of the most elusive prizes in all of sports with American Pharoah in 2015. McKinzie, a 4-year-old son of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, started off this year with a couple of very narrow losses, running second in the Feb. 2 San Pasqual Stakes (G2) and April 6 Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino (G1). Then, the handsome bay dazzled in the Alysheba Stakes presented by Sentient Jet (G2) May 3 at Churchill Downs, bursting through with a four-wide move for his first win of 2019. McKinzie first showed a glimmer of this true promise when he won last fall's Pennsylvania Derby (G1) after the six-month hiatus and his trainer couldn't have been happier. "I always felt like he was the best 3-year-old, and then he got hurt and Justify picked it up," Baffert recalled. "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. If you had asked me on January 1, I would have told you we were going to win the Kentucky Derby with (this) horse." McKinzie, who runs for owners Mike Pegram, Paul Weitman and Karl Watson, was named for Baffert’s longtime friend and Los Alamitos Race Course executive Brad McKinzie, who died of cancer in Aug. 2017.

Lifetime Stats

Challenge Series Races Won
2019 Whitney Stakes
Breeders’ Cup Winner
2018 Pennsylvania Derby*
2019 Graded Stakes Points

Previous Races

August 03, 2019Whitney S.SARATOGA11
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
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
December 09, 2017Los Alamitos Cash Call FuturityLOS ALAMITOS RACE COURSE12
October 28, 2017 SANTA ANITA PARK 1

The Latest

  • August 20, 2019

    TVG Pacific Classic Winner Higher Power Surges to No. 5 in Latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings 

    Hronis Racing’s 4-year-old Higher Power, runaway winner of Saturday’s $1 million TVG Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar, has surged to the No. 5 spot in the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings, while Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie, winner of the Whitney (G1), has retained the No. 1 position.

  • August 13, 2019

    Whitney Winner McKinzie Remains on top in Latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings  

    Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie, winner of both the Alysheba Stakes (G2) and the Whitney (G1), has retained the No. 1 position in the Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings for the 10th consecutive week. Trained by three-time Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner, Bob Baffert, McKinzie accumulated 303 votes this week, and leads Godolphin’s two-time Dubai World Cup (G1) winner Thunder  Snow (IRE) (252 votes) in second place. 

  • August 3, 2019

    McKinzie Captures Whitney at Saratoga and Gains Automatic Berth into Breeders’ Cup Classic 

    Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie ($3.70), under jockey Mike Smith, held off the fast-closing 5-year-old Yoshida to win Saturday’s 92nd running of the 1 1/8-mile, $1 million Whitney at Saratoga Race Course by 1 ¾ lengths, and secured an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series.