McKinzie Remains Perfect with Decisive Sham Score

MCKINZIE (c, 3, Street Sense–Runway Model, by Petionville) took his perfect record to three-for-three with a decisive score in the GIII Sham S. at Santa Anita. Tabbed a “TDN Rising Star” after an impressive first out score in Arcadia Oct. 28, the $170,000 KEESEP buy crossed the wire 3/4 of a length behind GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Solomino (Curlin) in the GI Los Alamitos Futurity Dec. 9, but was promoted to first after his stablemate was disqualified for interference. Shedding blinkers this time, the 1-5 chalk kept close tabs on the leaders from a two-wide third as All Out Blitz (Concord Point) clocked early fractions of :23.69 and :47.73. Readily responding when given the signal on the backstretch run, McKinzie overtook the pacesetter in early stretch and stormed clear for a four-length victory in 1:36.58. This was the fifth Sham victory for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, whose prior wins came with Collected (2016), Midnight Hawk (2014), Bob and John (2006) and Wild and Wise (2001, inaugural running).

Saturday, Santa Anita
SHAM S.-GIII, $100,345, SA, 1-6, 3yo, 1m, 1:36.58, ft.
1–MCKINZIE, 124, c, 3, by Street Sense
1st Dam: Runway Model (MGSW & MGISP, $725,598), by Petionville
2nd Dam: Ticket to Houston, by Houston
3rd Dam: Stave, by Navajo
‘TDN RISING ($170,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O– Karl Watson,
(KY); T-Bob Baffert; J-Mike E. Smith. $60,000. Lifetime Record:
3-3-0-0, $270,000. 

Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.2–All Out Blitz, 120, c, 3, Concord Point–Smart and Single, by
$20,000.3–My Boy Jack, 120, c, 3, Creative Cause–Gold N Shaft, by
KEESEP). O-Don’t Tell My Wife Stables & Monomoy Stables,
LLC; B-Brereton C. Jones (KY); T-J. Keith Desormeaux. $12,000.Also Ran: Shivermetimbers, City Plan, Here Is Happy. Scratched: Mourinho. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.