Bet down as the 1-5 favorite, McKinzie made short work of five overmatched rivals in the January 6 Sham (G3) at Santa Anita. And he registered impressive BRIS numbers for the 3 ½-length victory, earning a 104 Speed and 108 Late Pace.

The Street Sense colt is now unbeaten from three starts for Bob Baffert, including the December 9 Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) via disqualification. And he’s run fast every time, generating a 100 BRIS Speed rating for a romping debut score over maiden special weight foes in late October and the same figure in the Los Alamitos Futurity.

Hall of Famer Mike “Big Money” Smith has been up for all three starts.

Baffert removed blinkers for the one-mile Sham and McKinzie settled nicely behind the early leaders before making his move nearing the completion of the far turn. He had drawn clear by midstretch and was under wraps late.

With the 10-point prize, the dark bay increased his total to 20 and McKinzie is now tied for second on the Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard with Jerome winner Firenze Fire.

Here are the top BRIS Speed ratings so far in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series:

Horse (finish)

 

Race

 

BRIS Speed

Bolt d’Oro

 

FrontRunner (1st)

 

105

Good Magic

 

BC Juvenile (1st)

 

105

McKinzie

 

Sham (1st)

 

104

Solomini

 

Los Alamitos Futurity (3rd)

 

101

McKinzie

 

Los Alamitos Futurity (1st)

 

100

Instilled Regard

 

Los Alamitos Futurity (2nd)

 

100

Solomini

 

BC Juvenile (2nd)

 

100

All Out Blitz

 

Sham (2nd)

 

99

Bolt d’Oro

 

BC Juvenile (3rd)

 

99

Catholic Boy

 

Remsen (1st)

 

98

Firenze Fire

 

Champagne (1st)

 

96

Instilled Regard

 

Lecomte (1st)

 

96

Good Magic

 

Champagne (2nd)

 

96

Solomini

 

FrontRunner (2nd)

 

96

Firenze Fire

 

Jerome (1st)

 

94

Seven Trumpets

 

Jerome (2nd)

 

94

My Boy Jack

 

Sham (3rd)

 

94

Shivermetimbers

 

Sham (4th)

 

94

Enticed

 

Ky Jockey Club (1st)

 

93

Greyvitos

 

Springboard Mile (1st)

 

93

Avery Island

 

Remsen (2nd)

 

93

Tiz Mischief

 

Ky Jockey Club (2nd)

 

93

The Tabulator

 

Iroquois (1st)

 

92

Principe Guilherme

 

Lecomte (2nd)

 

92

Enticed

 

Champagne (3rd)

 

92

Snapper Sinclair

 

Lecomte (3rd)

 

92

Free Drop Billy

 

Breeders’ Futurity (1st)

 

91

Combatant

 

Springboard Mile (2nd)

 

91

Hollywood Star

 

Iroquois (2nd)

 

91

Vouch

 

Remsen (3rd)

 

91

Promises Fulfilled

 

Ky Jockey Club (3rd)

 

90