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Baffert Taking His Time With Sham Winner McKinzie

McKinzie, who stamped himself as a leading Kentucky Derby contender based on his authoritative 3 ½-length victory in the Grade III Sham Stakes at one mile on Jan. 6, worked four furlongs in 49.40 at 7:55 on a picturesque Saturday morning under jockey Drayden Van Dyke at Santa Anita. Going in company with Downtowner, McKinzie was outside his workmate […]

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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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Santa Anita’s Pick Six Carries Over $70,072 To Saturday’s Card

Although the 6-5 favorite waltzed home in front in Friday’s nightcap, a Santa Anita Pick Six carryover of $70,072 had already been assured as longshots were the order of the day in the earlier races. With a nine-race card on tap, it’s expected Saturday’s total Pick Six pool will exceed $250,000. With a total of […]

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Weekend Lineup: Flying South

With a winter freeze taking over most of the northeast this weekend, horseplayers will focus their attention on racing in those warm, sunshine-filled climates of Florida and Southern California. Saturday’s card at Gulfstream Park features five listed stakes races, three with $100,000 purses and two for $75,000. Tampa Bay Downs will offer a 10-race card […]

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Sham Stakes: McKinzie ‘Doing Very Well,’ Harty Hoping City Plan Steps Up

McKinzie returns in just under a month from his last start for Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes for three-year-olds at one mile, an uncharacteristically short interval for a Bob Baffert Triple Crown prospect, but the Hall of Fame trainer has an agenda in mind he hopes will lead to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 7 and […]

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Equibase Analysis: My Boy Jack Hopes To Parlay Turf Form Into Main Track Success In G3 Sham

The 18th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Sham Stakes awards points in the Road to the Kentucky Derby system. It also gives many racing fans a look at some of the horses on the West Coast we may be expecting to see over the next few months in the lead up to the Santa […]

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Undefeated McKinzie Kicks Off Sophomore Season In G3 Sham

A scintillating first-out maiden winner going seven furlongs here on Oct. 28 and a winner via disqualification of the Grade I Cash Call Los Alamitos Futurity Dec. 9, Bob Baffert’s McKinzie will try to remain unbeaten as he towers over six rival sophomores in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes, to be run at one […]

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Craig Lewis Hoping For Another ‘Legend’ With Here Is Happy

Here Is Happy is light years away in talent at this stage from 1995 Santa Anita Derby winner Larry The Legend, but trainer Craig Lewis, who conditioned the latter and now the former, hopes Here Is Happy moves forward in Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes, Santa Anita’s first steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million […]

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Gormley ‘Does Things So Easy,’ Possible For San Felipe

Sham Stakes winner Gormley, one of the West’s leading Triple Crown contenders, worked four furlongs on Santa Anita’s “fast” main track Monday in 47.80 under regular rider and three-time Kentucky Derby winner Victor Espinoza. Working in company with Shazara, who was clocked in 48.20, Gormley could make his next start here in the Grade II, […]

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Shirreffs ‘Extremely Proud’ Of Gormley’s Winning Effort In Sham

Gormley was as fresh and bright as the dry, sunny Sunday morning after his exciting head victory over favored American Anthem in Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes, the West’s first graded steppingstone to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8. “He looked really good this morning,” trainer John Shirreffs said of the son […]

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