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Friday, September 27, 2019
Eight Rings capped a Grade 1 double for Bob Baffert on Friday at Santa Anita with his commanding six-length win in the $300,000 American Pharoah S. (G1)...
Friday, September 27, 2019
Bob Baffert won the $300,000 Chandelier S. (G1) at Santa Anita Park for a record 11th time on Friday when the dynamic filly Bast out-dueled Comical to win by a neck...
Friday, September 20, 2019
Quality Response, a dominating debut winner in a Sept. 1 Del Mar maiden special weight, backed up that performance with another emphatic score in the Sept. 19 Phone Chatter S...
 
McKinzie returns to take Pennsylvania Derby (G1)
Saturday, September 22, 2018
McKinzie made his comeback in Saturday's $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (G1) a winning one, capturing the 1 1/8-mile affair by nearly two lengths to set him up for a possible start in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1).

For Bob Baffert, McKinzie's win was his trainer's third in the race, following Bayern (2014), who would win the Breeders' Cup, and West Coast in 2017.

Following Triple Crown winner Justify's retirement, McKinzie proved he belongs at the top of the 3-year-old class. McKinzie broke very well, but was out-sprinted for the lead going into the turn, forcing Mike Smith to guide his mount very wide around the first turn. 

McKinzie and Trigger Warning were side-by-side on the backstretch and into the turn, when McKinzie put his head in front. He shook clear at the top of the stretch, then held off a late charge from Axelrod to finishing the distance in 1:52.05.

β€œI felt very confident that I could be aggressive early and move a little early,” said Smith. β€œHe is still learning as well. Although he has raced, he had a lot of time off and he got to looking around, looking at the tracks and gawking around.I had a really good hold of him today and I didn't really want to bother anyone. I picked his head up and when I asked him to finish, he really got underneath me and really galloped out really well.”

Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, McKenzie's star-crossed career includes a win via disqualification in the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) and second, also via DQ, in the San Felipe S. (G2). He has now won $906,000.

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