Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up McKinzie will remain in training following Saturday's performance at Santa Anita Park, trainer Bob Baffert told the Daily Racing Form. The 4-year-old son of Street Sense was defeated 4 1/4 lengths by Vino Rosso, but Baffert was pleased with the colt's performance.
“He ran his ass off. Just got beat by a good horse,” Baffert said.
McKinzie won't race again this season, but he will be aimed at races like the new Saudi Cup and the Dubai World Cup in 2020.
The Classic's victorious Vino Rosso is off to stand stud at Spendthrift Farm, and trainer Todd Pletcher said he exited the race in good shape.
Meanwhile, third-place finisher Higher Power will also race again next year. Trainer John Sadler intimated similar targets like the Saudi and Dubai World Cups, though stablemate Gift Box is currently more likely to make the trip to the Middle East while Higher Power could stay home for the Santa Anita Handicap.
“I was really happy with his race,” Sadler said. “He didn't get away good, ran a good third. He could have been closer, but props to the winner. The winner adores this track.”
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