McKinzie Will Not Run In Santa Anita Derby; Baffert Being ‘Cautious’

Trainer Bob Baffert will not start McKinzie in next Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby, according to bloodhorse.com. The Hall of Fame trainer said that the 3-year-old son of Street Sense had shown some signs of an injury in a hind leg, though tests have not been conclusive.

“The McKinzie thing, we don’t know. The X-rays were clean, but we don’t know if he did it in his stall,” Baffert said. “A couple of days ago it came up. They noticed it—just a little bit. He didn’t go to the track, we thought it was a foot. … We X-rayed him, we (nuclear) scanned him, and there was something that came high on the (nuclear) scan. But when he came back, he 100% jogged fine. I don’t know what it was, but we’re being very cautious.”

McKinzie was expected for a rematch with Bolt d’Oro after the pair laid down a thrilling race in the San Felipe last out, but it appears Bolt d’Oro will now be the heavy favorite. Also expected for the Santa Anita Derby is Lecomte Stakes winner Instilled Regard.

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