Mackinnon takes Zuma Beach for third consecutive victory – Horse Racing News
It’s off to the Breeders’ Cup for Mackinnon, coached by Doug O’Neill, as he accelerated powerfully through the turn to get home and won Sunday’s $ 200,000 Zuma Beach Stakes by 2¼ length to Santa Anita in Arcadia, California. Ridden by Juan Hernandez, Mackinnon clocked one mile on the turf in 1: 33.80. With Zuma Beach being his third straight win on the trip, it’s now at the $ 1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf on November 5 in Del Mar.
In the middle of the field, about six lengths from the lead to the half-mile post, Mackinnon saved some ground on the rail at the turn, slowed down to third at the top of the track and blew through the runner-up. Silver Surfer and the first point guard thirty-four Coupé in depth in a huge effort.
“He’s getting better with every race,” said Hernandez, who has now ridden him in his last four races. “He broke well, there was little speed and he was feeling a little tired on the right side, so he changed the thread on the right side. That’s why I had to check a bit and decided to stay indoors, gain some ground and have a run.
“He came up with a huge race today… He improved a lot because the last two times I rode him I had to work a little hard on the home stretch with him. Today I asked him a bit and after that he left.
Winner of the Juvenile Turf at Del Mar on September 6, Mackinnon was the 6-5 favorite in a field of 10 juveniles and paid $ 4.40, $ 2.60 and $ 2.40.
“We didn’t have the most ideal trip,” O’Neill said. “It was a little green at the start, but Juan said after the first half mile behind us he settled down well. And as you can see, it finished very well. If he comes out in good shape, it’s for the Breeders’ Cup.
English-bred Silver Surfer appeared to gain control in the upper part, but was not up to the winner. At 5-2 with Flavien Prat, Silver Surfer paid $ 3.20 and $ 2.60 while finishing 1 ¼ ahead of Picota.
Ridden by John Velazquez, Picota, of English bred, was at 17-1 and paid $ 5.60 to show.
The fractions on the run were 22.33, 46.08, 1: 09.85 and 1: 21.90.
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