Kentucky Derby contender McKinzie’s previous race before Saturday produced a horse track oddity: a Winner’s Circle without the winner.
The inquiry sign began blinking as soon as McKinzie trailed Solomini across the finish line a month ago in the Los Alamitos Futurity. Many observers expected the result to stand — notably Mike Smith, McKinzie’s rider. Smith hopped off and headed to the jockey’s quarters while the horse was led back to the barn.
Then the stewards, in a close call, flipped the order, demoting Solomini for impeding a rival and elevating the runner-up to first place.
So, when McKinzie ducked under the wire first with far less drama in the Grade II Sham Stakes...