Whitney Stakes

Dual-Surface Grade 1 Winner Yoshida Retired To WinStar Farm

Yoshida (JPN), a Grade 1 winner on dirt and turf, has been retired and will stand the upcoming breeding season at WinStar Farm. He will stand for $20,000 S&N. Owned by WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, and Head of Plains Partners and trained by Bill Mott, Yoshida earned $2,505,770 in a sensational racing career. A […]

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‘No Excuses’: McKinzie Cruises Through Final Major Work For Breeders’ Cup Classic

Breeders’ Cup Classic contender McKinzie put in his final workout before the big race on Monday morning, covering five furlongs over Santa Anita’s main track in 1:00.20. Trainer Bob Baffert was pleased with the drill, according to drf.com. “I can relax now,” Baffert said. “These works are so important. He was really smooth. It went just […]

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McKinzie On Top Of Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings For 10th Consecutive Week

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 […]

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McKinzie Confirms Lead In Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings

Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie, dominant winner of last Saturday’s Whitney (G1) at Saratoga, strengthened his lead over Thunder Snow (IRE) in the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings poll, while the Whitney runner-up, Yoshida (JPN), surged to No. 3 in the standings. Trained by three-time Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winning-trainer Bob […]

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Bloodlines: McKinzie Building Plenty Of ‘Street’ Credibility For Stallion Career

A three-time winner at the Grade 1 level (Los Alamitos Futurity at 2, the Pennsylvania Derby and Malibu Stakes at 3), McKinzie added a fourth G1 to his record with a smart-looking victory in the Aug. 3 Whitney Stakes at Saratoga. As a highly regarded member of his crop at 2 and 3, McKinzie was […]

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‘Super Fit’ Thunder Snow To Remain In New York, Target Woodward

Godolphin’s Thunder Snow was scratched from the G1 Whitney Stakes on Saturday morning after developing a fever, but trainer Saeed bin Suroor told drf.com that the colt will be remaining in New York for the Aug. 31 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga. “He recovered good, no problem, he will run at the of the month,” Suroor said. […]

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McKinzie Closing The Gap On Bricks And Mortar In NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

Multiple Grade 1 winner Bricks and Mortar continues to hold the lead spot in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll heading into his expected start in the Grade 1 Arlington Million, but McKinzie’s sublime victory in the Grade 1 Whitney Stakes August 3 has allowed the son of Street Sense to narrow the gap on the […]

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Omaha Beach ‘Brilliant’ In Latest Work Toward Shared Belief

Roughly 15 hours after riding McKinzie to an impressive and emotionally-charged victory in the $1 million Whitney Stakes at Saratoga, N.Y., on Saturday afternoon, Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith was back at Del Mar riding workouts Sunday morning. Work as usual, but not the usual works. During the 6 o’clock hour Smith was aboard […]

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Saratoga’s Whitney Card Generates Record All-Sources Handle

Saturday’s 11-race Marylou Whitney Day card at Saratoga, featuring three graded stakes and highlighted by McKinzie’s victory in the 92nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Whitney, generated an all-sources handle record of $31,835,863, eclipsing the previous Whitney Day record of $30,153,138 set in 2017. On-track handle was $7,078,192 with paid attendance of 40,791 […]

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McKinzie On Top Classic Division With Whitney Triumph

Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s McKinzie has taken over the Classic division with a decisive win in Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney Stakes, earning an expenses-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup feature race in the process. The 4-year-old son of Street Sense battled for the lead but was able to settle just off the […]

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