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In McKinzie's first race in six months, the 3-year-old shows he is one of the best by winning the Pennsylvania Derby

In McKinzie's first race in six months, the 3-year-old shows he is one of the best by winning the Pennsylvania Derby

McKinzie hadn’t raced in six months but Saturday afternoon at Parx Raceway near Philadelphia he established himself as one of the best 3-year-olds still racing by winning the $1-million Pennsylvania Derby.

The colt was at the top of trainer Bob Baffert’s barn until a late-developing horse named Justify came along. McKinzie got hurt and Justify went on to win the Triple Crown.

“Well, if anything can take away the sting of having a Triple Crown horse retiring, it’s a horse like this,” Mike Smith, who rode McKinzie on Saturday and was Justify’s regular rider, told NBC Sports. “He’s an incredible horse. Bob had him ready to come off the bench at a mile and an...

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