Brad McKinzie

Breeders’ Cup News Minute Powered By DRF Formulator: A Tale Of Two Horses

One of the things that powers the Breeders’ Cup every year is the stories behind the horses. In this edition of the Breeders’ Cup News Minute, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick share the story of the man whose name carries a lot of weight in the Classic for trainer Bob Baffert. Plus, irony abounds in […]

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Baffert On McKinzie: ‘We’re All Living Through This Horse, Thinking About Brad’

There’s a lot on the line for McKinzie when the 4-year-old colt breaks from the gate for Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park. A victory keeps him in the hunt for Horse of the Year, as well as champion older male. It enhances any future stallion deal. There’s also the $3.3 […]

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Baffert: Whitney Winner McKinzie ‘Got A Little Bit Faster Once We Named Him’

For Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, McKinzie’s victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney was especially satisfying as it demonstrated the 4-year-old’s full potential and also served as a tribute to his friend, the late racing executive Brad McKinzie. “He got a proper Grade 1 race, as they say in England,” said Baffert. “The plan […]

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McKinzie Roars From Off The Pace To Win Malibu Before Santa Anita Opening Day Crowd of 41,373

Karl Watson, Paul Weitman and Mike Pegram’s McKinzie began 2018 as Bob Baffert’s leading prospect for the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, but injury forced the Street Sense colt to the sidelines while Baffert stablemate Justify made his unbeaten run through the Triple Crown. McKinzie ended the year with an overpowering 4 3/4-length victory in the […]

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Bolt d’Oro, McKinzie Square Off For First Time In San Felipe

It’s showdown time Saturday at Santa Anita, as top Derby prospects McKinzie and Bolt d’Oro head a field of eight sophomores in the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at a mile and one sixteenth.  The final major steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby April 7, the San Felipe will award […]

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Undefeated McKinzie Professional For In-Hand Sham Victory

Racing without blinkers, Karl Watson, Mike Pegram, and Paul Weitman’s McKinzie was the consummate professional in Saturday’s Grade 3 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita. The 3-year-old son of Street Sense sat off the pace under Mike Smith, then drew even with the frontrunner All Out Blitz at the head of the lane. McKinzie, named for […]

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Baffert Has Strong Hand In Starlet, Futurity At Los Alamitos

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has a chance to make history Saturday in the $300,000 Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity and $300,000 Starlet at the Southern California track. In the history of the two Grade I races for 2-year-olds – which have been run since 1981 at either Hollywood Park or Los Alamitos – no […]

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CHRB: Jockey Suspension Proposal Advanced, Seven-Day Corticosteroid Rule Proposed

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, August 24, at Del Mar Race Track. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. First Vice Chair George Krikorian, Second Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Jesse Choper, Araceli Ruano and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the […]

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Memorial Service For Brad McKinzie Set For Aug. 21

A memorial service for long-time Los Alamitos Race Course executive Brad McKinzie will be held on Monday, August 21 at noon at St. Hedwig Catholic Church in Los Alamitos. Brad McKinzie was co-founder of the Finish Line Self Insurance Group and one of the driving forces in bringing daytime Southern California Thoroughbred racing back to […]

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Longtime Los Alamitos Executive Brad McKinzie Passes Away At 62

Brad McKinzie, a 30-year executive at Los Alamitos Race Course, a co-founder of the Finish Line Self Insurance Group, and one of the driving forces in bringing daytime Southern California Thoroughbred racing back to Los Alamitos Race Course, passed away from renal carcinoma Sunday afternoon. He was 62 years old. McKinzie served as the vice […]

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