Further Tests Required For McKinzie; Baffert Possibly Leaning Toward Preakness

Rather than rushing his very talented 3-year-old colt McKinzie, trainer Bob Baffert is definitely planning to skip Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby and possibly even the Kentucky Derby. The son of Street Sense was a little bit off in a hind leg after last week’s breeze, according to drf.com, but both x-rays and a nuclear scan were inconclusive in determining a specific injury.

“We’ve got to do more tests,” said Baffert on Monday. “He’s sound, but a nuclear scan we did wasn’t 100 percent. It doesn’t look serious, but we’ve got to wait. His X-rays are clean. But he tweaked something. Maybe he jammed a hock.”

All plans for the colt, winner of both the CashCall Futurity and the Sham Stakes before he was demoted to second for interference in the San Felipe, are currently on hold until his injury can be more specifically diagnosed. Baffert did suggest that McKinzie could be ready in time for the Preakness Stakes.

Read more at drf.com.

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