He may be lightly raced, but McKinzie, the multiple Grade One winning grandson of 2002 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry, has shown he has the class to replicate the feat of his famous grandfather and win the feature event on the world’s richest night in horse racing. Trained by Saeed bin Suroor, Street Cry produced a valiant effort under Jerry Bailey to win the showpiece Group 1 Dubai World Cup in 2002 at Nad Al Sheba. McKinzie is trained by multiple Dubai World Cup winner Bob Baffert and runs in the familiar red and yellow silks of Mike Pegram, who had won the 2001 Dubai World Cup with Captain Steve, also schooled by American Baffert.
Like McKinzie, Captain Steve was the son of a US Champion 2yo (Fly So Free) who had failed to win the previous year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, but had shown ample Grade One class on the racetrack. While Captain Steve had a sole prep for Dubai, like Baffert’s 2017 winner Arrogate, in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap, now the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational, at Gulfstream Park, McKinzie is using the same race Baffert’s other Dubai World Cup winner, Silver Charm, used as a springboard toward his 4yo campaign: Santa Anita’s Grade 1 Malibu Stakes. He was due to run in the 1400m contest on 26 December, the final Grade One outing of the American season restricted to 3yos.