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McKinzie back at his best in Malibu Stakes on Opening Day at Santa Anita – Orange County Register

McKinzie back at his best in Malibu Stakes on Opening Day at Santa Anita – Orange County Register
  • Jockey Mike Smith after driving McKinzie and profitable the Malibu Stakes (Grade 1) race throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Mike Smith driving McKinzie wins the Malibu Stakes (Grade 1) race throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Mike Smith driving McKinzie wins the Malibu Stakes (Grade 1) race throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Mike Smith driving McKinzie wins the Grade I Malibu Stakes race on Opening Day at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday in Arcadia. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Mike Smith driving McKinzie reacts after profitable the Malibu Stakes (Grade 1) race throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Joel Rosario driving Present Field wins the San Antonio Stakes (Grade II) throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Mike Smith driving McKinzie reacts after profitable the Malibu Stakes (Grade 1) race throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Mike Smith driving McKinzie reacts after profitable the Malibu Stakes (Grade 1) race throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Mike Smith driving McKinzie reacts after profitable the Malibu Stakes (Grade 1) race throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Coach Bob Baffert after Jockey Mike Smith (not pictured) driving McKinzie wins the Malibu Stakes (Grade 1) race throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Mike Smith, second from proper, driving Huge Scott Daddy wins the fifth race throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Mike Smith driving Massive Scott Daddy wins the fifth race throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Flavien Prat, left, driving Spiced Perfection wins the La Brea Stakes (Grade I) throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Flavien Prat driving Spiced Perfection wins the La Brea Stakes (Grade I) throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • A Racing fan sits on a bench with give away plush horses surrounded by tickets throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Ticket on the bottom throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • A person walks previous a poster of Willie Shoemake throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Flavien Prat, left, driving Spiced Perfection wins the La Brea Stakes (Grade I) throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • An outrider takes a break between races throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Race goers make their solution to the grandstands throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Mike Smith driving McKinzie wins the Malibu Stakes (Grade 1) race throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Flavien Prat ridding River Boyne wins the Mathis Brothers Mile (Grade II) throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Flavien Prat ridding River Boyne wins the Mathis Brothers Mile (Grade II) throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Flavien Prat ridding River Boyne wins the Mathis Brothers Mile (Grade II) throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Followers look on throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Joel Rosario, left, driving Present Field wins the San Antonio Stakes (Grade II) throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Joel Rosario driving Present Field wins the San Antonio Stakes (Grade II) throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Joel Rosario driving Present Field wins the San Antonio Stakes (Grade II) throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Horn blower Jay Cohen throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Horn Blower Jay Cohen performs throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Horn Blower Jay Cohen performs throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-Information/SCNG)

  • Jockey Flavien Prat ridding River Boyne wins the Mathis Brothers Mile (Grade II) throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Libby Birmingham)

  • In a photograph offered by Benoit Photograph, McKinzie and jockey Mike Smith win the Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes horse race Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. (Benoit Photograph by way of AP)

  • In a photograph offered by Benoit Photograph, McKinzie and jockey Mike Smith win the Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes horse race Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. (Benoit Photograph by way of AP)

  • In a photograph offered by Benoit Photograph, Present Field and jockey Joel Rosario, proper, overpower Battle of Halfway, center, with Flavien Prat, and Dabster, left, to win the Grade II, $300,000 San Antonio Stakes horse race Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. (Benoit Photograph by way of AP)

  • Jockey Flavien Prat driving Spiced Perfection wins the La Brea Stakes (Grade I) throughout horse racing at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photograph by Libby Birmingham)

  • In a photograph offered by Benoit Photograph, River Boyne and jockey Flavien Prat, middle, outleg Desert Stone, left, with Geovanni Franco, and Combatant, with Jose Ortiz, to win the Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile horse race Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. (Benoit Photograph by way of AP)

  • In a photograph offered by Benoit Photograph,Present Field and jockey Joel Rosario win the Grade II, $300,000 San Antonio Stakes horse race Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. (Benoit Photograph by way of AP)

  • In a photograph offered by Benoit Photograph,River Boyne and jockey Flavien Prat, left, outleg Desert Stone, proper, with Geovanni Franco, and Combatant, center, with Jose Ortiz, to win the Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile horse race Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. (Benoit Photograph by way of AP)

  • In a photograph offered by Benoit Photograph, River Boyne and jockey Flavien Prat, inside, outleg Desert Stone, with Geovanni Franco, to win the Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile horse race Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. (Benoit Photograph by way of AP)

ARCADIA — Simply name him the Comeback Child.

McKinzie, a disappointing 12th, crushed by 31 lengths, in final month’s Breeders’ Cup Basic at Churchill Downs, rebounded in an enormous method Wednesday as Santa Anita started its 82nd winter meet in entrance of an on-track crowd of 41,373.

The turnout surpassed final yr’s Opening Day turnout of 40,023.

A Three-year-old son of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Road Sense, McKinzie overmatched 13 different sophomores in the normal Opening Day Malibu Stakes, profitable by Four-Three/Four lengths underneath Mike Smith and maybe signifying he’s sitting on a monster 2019 marketing campaign.

McKinzie ran the seven furlongs in 1:22.48 whereas giving coach Bob Baffert his third victory in the $303,105 Grade I Malibu.

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Believed to be Baffert’s prime Kentucky Derby hopeful this previous spring till he was injured and a colt named Justify entered the scene, McKinzie was taken off the Triple Crown path till resurfacing six months later in the Grade I Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing, profitable by 1-Three/Four lengths.

Baffert stated the attract of the Breeders’ Cup massive bucks tempted him to run McKinzie, named after the late longtime Los Alamitos government, in the Basic when he maybe shouldn’t have.

The Corridor of Fame coach beloved the best way McKinzie was coaching as much as the Malibu, although, and the gifted colt didn’t disappoint, profitable for the fifth time in seven begins whereas eclipsing the $1 million mark ($1,086,000) in earnings.

“After the Breeders’ Cup, (McKinzie) came back here and I told Mike he was doing really well,” Baffert stated. “Mike worked him a couple times for me because after the Breeders’ Cup, Mike was like, ‘Is he OK? He just quit.’ And I told him, ‘Don’t worry about it, it was my fault.’ ”

Smith’s worries are a factor of the previous after McKinzie closed from 10th after the primary quarter mile and gained for enjoyable. He was eighth after the opening half-mile and second at the top of the stretch as Smith had the colt rolling.

“He was loaded from the word go,” the 53-yer-old rider stated. “I feel the one anxious second was leaving the gate when he type of stumbled. After that, he obtained up and he was loaded from that time on.

“I’ve said all along that we haven’t seen the best of him yet. When he learns to put a few of these in a row together, we’re going to see something special.”

McKinzie went postward because the 6-5 favourite and gave Smith his third victory in the Malibu. He gained with Shared Perception in 2014 and M One Rifle in 2009.

Id Politics, with Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard, completed second by a head at 13-1, adopted by 45-1 outsider Nonetheless Having Enjoyable, who hit the wire a neck in entrance of Axelrod. The pacesetter, 99-1 longshot Calexman, pale to complete sixth.

Stated Ortiz Jr.: “We had a good trip, but I had to check a little bit coming out of the gate, so we got pinched back a little. We were second-best today, but my horse is improving with every race.”

For the coach, and the house owners, the victory was much more particular due to who McKinzie is known as after.

“His namesake is looking down on him today, so I was pretty excited about that and the crowd, they were all in on him,” Baffert stated. “Frank (track announcer Frank Mirahmadi) made the call turning for home, you could hear the crowd really got into it, so it’s pretty exciting to see that.”

Stated co-owner Mike Pegram: “We walked out of Louisville (Breeders’ Cup) disappointed and today the only thing I’m disappointed in is the price. We knew he was training well here for this. When you name a horse for someone, you’ve got something invested beyond money. It did my heart good to see this horse get lucky today.”

Three jockeys, Smith, Joel Rosario and Flavien Prat, scored two victories apiece on opening day, and Jeff Mullins and John Sadler recorded a pair of coaching victories.

Racing resumes Friday with 5 consecutive racing days, highlighted by the New Yr’s Day card.

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