Superstar horse McKinzie returns to the track on Saturday for the Grade I Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar in what is a surprise move for the multiple Graded Stakes winner. Trainer Bob Baffert made the decision after watching his five-year-old breeze through a five-furlong workout on Sunday morning in 1:00.80 before deciding to enter him for the short six-furlong race next weekend.
McKinzie has won from seven furlongs up to one mile and an eighth in his career so the decision to drop him down in distance has left many perplexed for the race which holds on automatic berth to the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Seeing this horse stick on the west coast rather than ship east in an attempt to defend his Grade I Whitney Stakes title certainly adds some extra intrigue to the Del Mar race.
Another horse that has caught people out by being entered into the race is Lexitonian, who was scratched at the gate in the Grade I Alfred G. Handicap on Saturday at Saratoga but will now travel across the country to take on the Bing Crosby. The winner of an Allowance at Churchill Downs in May put together a speedy 95 Beyer time but was considered as the big time outsider for Saturday’s race before not taking part.
Desert Law also run as Carla Gaines’ horse looks to go one better than a year ago when he was runner-up to Cistron in the same race. P R Radio Star for Philip D’Amato is another to watch out for as he looked super fast last time out in a six furlong Allowance race at Del Mar on July 12. He’s not stepped up to Graded Stakes races yet but may well be a contender looking at that video.
Fashionably Fast stepped up to Graded Stakes competition earlier in July and came in second at Santa Anita for the Grade II Triple Bend Stakes behind McKinzie. Law Abidin Citizen has two Graded Stakes wins on his resume from last year whereas Wildman Jack has a tasty looking Daytona Stakes win from a couple of months back to his name. Mark Glatt’s Collusion Illusion has also tasted Graded Stakes victory this year from the Lazaro Barrera Stakes so it really has a look of a deep and talented field.
We’ll be back with the Morning Line Odds and our Picks later in the week but for now here are the Post Positions and the Entries for the 2020 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar: