McKinzie kicks off sophomore season in style with decisive victory in G3 Sham Stakes

Street Sense colt could be major player on 2018 Kentucky Derby trail

McKinzie kept his perfect record intact with a sharp, three-and-a-half length victory over All Out Blitz in the G3 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita. 

The three-year-old son of Street Sense is now a perfect three-for-three, with two of his victories Graded Stakes wins – the Bob Baffert trainee concluded his juvenile season with a win in the G1 Los Alamitos Futurity in December.

Ridden confidently by jockey Mike Smith, McKinzie was settled in third behind pacesetter All Out Blitz for the first six furlongs of the race. McKinzie began closing on the far turn, then moved up to challenge the leader as they hit the top of the lane. He then quickly took command of the race and pulled away through the stretch for the victory.

Bred in Kentucky by Summer Wind Farm, McKinzie is out of the multiple Graded Stakes winning mare, Runway Model, winner of the G2 Darley Alcibiades, G2 Golden Rod, and placed in the G1 Ashland Stakes. McKinzie is a half-brother to Stakes-placed Rompin Reid (by Medaglia d’Oro), and hails from the family of Graded Stakes winners Saham (G3 Jefferson Cup) and Sea Ditty (G3 Affectionately Handicap).

Street Sense has sired over 50 career Stakes winners, including multiple G1 winners Sweet Reason and Wedding Toast along with the outstanding Australian colt Hallowed Crown. Street Sense is also the sire of another promising three-year-old colt, Avery Island, winner of the G2 Nashua Stakes and runner-up in the G2 Remsen at age two.

Street Sense will stand the 2018 breeding season for $35,000, stands and nurses, at Jonabell Farm in Kentucky.