mckinzie

Gift Box Noses Out McKinzie In Santa Anita Handicap

The Santa Anita Handicap was billed as a two-horse race and it became on at the top of the lane, when 4-5 favorite McKinzie hooked up with 2-1 second choice Gift Box. The pair battled the length of the stretch, and while Gift Box was slightly ahead on the wire, McKinzie got a perfect head […]

Continue reading
Baffert Looking To Pick Up Kentucky Derby Points For Roadster

Bob Baffert had a question after both Roadster and McKinzie drew the rail for their respective races Saturday, the Santa Anita Derby and the Santa Anita Handicap at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.: “Do they put me in the one hole and then draw the races?” The answer, of course, is no. It just […]

Continue reading
McKinzie Faces Five, Including Gift Box, In G1 Big ‘Cap

Two of the top older horses on the West Coast, John Sadler’s Gift Box and Bob Baffert’s McKinzie, head a field of six 4-year-olds and up in the 82nd running of the Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap this Saturday.  Originally run in 1934, the Big ‘Cap, America’s longest continually run “hundred grander,” will again be […]

Continue reading
Baffert: ‘They’re Not Our Livelihood, They’re Our Way Of Life’

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert addressed the recent spate of equine deaths at Santa Anita Park during an NTRA teleconference on Tuesday. Though none of the 23 fatalities were horses he trained, Baffert recognizes the serious nature of the national media coverage at Santa Anita. “The negative publicity, I’m very concerned about that,” said […]

Continue reading
McKinzie ‘Couldn’t Be Doing Any Better’ Ahead Of Santa Anita Handicap

Multiple Grade 1 winner McKinzie recorded a six-furlong breeze toward the Santa Anita Handicap on Tuesday at Santa Anita, covering the distance in 1:13.40 under Joe Talamo. Trainer Bob Baffert was very pleased with the 4-year-old son of Street Sense’s workout, according to drf.com.  “Terrific,” Baffert said. “He couldn’t be doing any better right now. […]

Continue reading
Dabster Takes Aim On Dubai World Cup; Gift Box, McKinzie Unlikely

With shipping protocols and other such logistics coming into play, the world’s richest race continues to take shape with haste. In as much, the $12 million Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirate Airline (G1) appears to have a nice balance of familiar faces and new players, in both equine and human form. One such candidate […]

Continue reading
McKinzie Assigned High Weight Of 123 Pounds For Santa Anita Handicap

Multiple Grade I winner McKinzie, who finished second by a half-length as the 1-2 favorite in the Feb. 2 San Pasqual Stakes under 123 pounds, has been assigned one pound less for Saturday’s Grade I Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Casino at a mile and a quarter. Next on the list is Gift Box […]

Continue reading
Battle Of Midway Inches Away From McKinzie To Win San Pasqual

Don Alberto Stable and WinStar Farm’s Battle of Midway was the second choice in the wagering but finished Saturday’s Grade 2 San Pasqual just ahead of 1-2 wagering favorite McKinzie. The pair engaged in a stretch-long battle through the sloppy going at Santa Anita Park, but Flavien Prat and the 5-year-old son of Smart Strike […]

Continue reading
Weekend Lineup: Derby Preps, San Pasqual Showdown

A trio of prep races toward the 2019 Kentucky Derby await bettors on Saturday, starting with the nine-furlong G3 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct. Remsen third-place finisher Tax is the 2-1 morning line choice over well-bred Todd Pletcher trainee Moretti at 3-1. Down at Gulfstream, the G2 Holy Bull features undefeated Remsen winner Maximus Mischief and […]

Continue reading
Longshots Giant Expectations, Pavel Prepare For ‘Tough Spot’ In San Pasqual

Peter Eurton would like to have a decent start for Giant Expectations in Saturday’s Grade II San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita, a nine furlong test for older horses that is a precursor to the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 9. A six-year-old New York-bred son of Free Giant, Giant Expectations is a […]

Continue reading
Twitter Twitter
Paulick Report on Instagram