McKinzie Out of Santa Anita Derby

‘TDN Rising Star’ McKinzie (Street Sense) has suffered a setback earlier in the week and would be forced to miss next Saturday’s GI Santa Anita Derby, according to multiple reports that emerged Saturday during the Dubai World Cup meeting.

First past the post, but subsequently controversially demoted from the victory in the GII San Felipe S. at Santa Anita Mar. 10, McKinzie had turned in two works since, including a best-of-18 five furlongs in :59.40 at Santa Anita Mar. 26. But as first reported by the Blood-Horse, the $170,000 Keeneland September yearling emerged with an issue in his hind leg that caused him to miss an amount of training that was limited, but enough to rule out a run in the Santa Anita Derby.

McKinzie’s absence could open the door for Baffert to call an audible and reroute ‘TDN Rising Star’ Justify (Scat Daddy) to Santa Anita and away from an appearance in the GI Arkansas Derby Apr. 14.