News Story - McKinzie gives Baffert 1st win in $1M Whitney at Saratoga

 
Horse Racing
Home | Schedule | Wire

McKinzie gives Baffert 1st win in $1M Whitney at Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) McKinzie won the $1 million Whitney by 1 3/4 lengths at Saratoga on Saturday, giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his first victory in the Grade 1 race.

It was Baffert's second starter in the race and first since 2004. McKinzie earned an automatic berth to the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic in November at Santa Anita, where the colt is based.

Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, McKinzie ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.10 on Saturday. The 4-5 favorite paid $3.70 to win.

Yoshida was second. Vino Rosso was another 4 3/4 lengths back in third.

McKinzie has seven wins in 12 career starts and earnings of $2,238,560.

The Whitney was run on Marylou Whitney Day, honoring the late breeder, owner and philanthropist nicknamed "Queen of Saratoga." She died July 19 at age 93.

Updated August 3, 2019

Sports Data API Powered by STATS © 2019 by STATS.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS is strictly prohibited.