DEL MAR JUVENILE TURF S., $102,000, Del Mar, 9-6, 2yo, 1mT, 1:36.24, fm.
1–MACKINNON, 120, c, 2, by American Pharoah
1st Dam: Scat Means Go (GSP, $142,054), by Scat Daddy
2nd Dam: Shenandoah Valley, by Proud Citizen
3rd Dam: Ashley Anne's Wish, by You and I
($200,000 Ylg '20 FTKOCT; $285,000 2yo '21 FTFMAR).
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN. O-ERJ Racing, LLC & Dave Kenney;
B-International Equities Holding, Inc. (KY); T-Doug F. O'Neill;
J-Juan J. Hernandez. $60,000. Lifetime Record: 4-2-1-0,
2–Thirty Four Coupe, 119, c, 2, Run Away and Hide–Full of Joy,
by Kitten's Joy. ($32,000 Ylg '20 FTKOCT; $31,000 2yo '21
FTSANA). O-Aidan Butler; B-Phillips Racing Partnership,
Christopher & George Elser (KY); T-George Papaprodromou.
3–Silver Surfer (GB), 118, c, 2, Caravaggio–Riskit Fora Biskit
(Ire), by Kodiac (GB). (78,000gns Wlg '19 TATFOA; 100,000gns
Ylg '20 TATOCT). O-Sierra Racing & Sterling Stables, LLC; B-Ed's
Stud Ltd (GB); T-Philip D'Amato. $12,000.
Margins: 1 3/4, NO, NK. Odds: 1.60, 25.10, 4.00.
Also Ran: Optimising (Ire), Aquitania Arrival, Mogollon Rim, Socal Red, Shortman, My Mane Champ.
Bet into 8-5 favoritism for his stakes debut in Monday's Del Mar Juvenile Turf, Mackinnon was three wide the trip, but found an extra gear for the final furlong and came home a convincing winner. Away fairly for Juan Hernandez, the chestnut was a forward factor and was angled into the three path with about 5 1/2 furlongs to travel to stalk the pace from a joint-third. Asked for a bit of acceleration at the five-sixteenths, Mackinnon looked to be one-paced as Thirty Four Coupe was clinging on gamely up front, but he found extra when popped the question in earnest at the furlong grounds and quickened home nicely for the victory. Thirty Four Coupe just held for second over the U.S.-debuting Silver Surfer, who lacked room inside the final sixteenth of a mile and lunged, but was forced to settle for third.
“[Trainer] Doug [O'Neill] just basically told me to ride him with confidence,” said Hernandez. “We were doing OK until we got to the far turn and I felt him get a little lazy on me. So when we went for home and he changed leads, I hit him left-handed with the stick on time and he jumped back into it. From there we just went on with it. He's a nice horse and the way he finished out today, I think he'll like to run on.”
The 21st stakes winner for Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, Mackinnon was a $200,000 purchase at last year's Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearling Showcase and was originally an RNA at Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream after breezing a furlong in :10 2/5. He later sold for $285,000 in a private transaction.
Fourth on debut sprinting 4 1/2 panels at Santa Anita May 9, Mackinnon was runner-up in an Arcadia turf sprint June 11 and graduated over course and distance July 31.
“He broke his maiden in a manner that we were hoping this day would come, but you never know,” O'Neill said. “So much credit to the owners being so patient and Juan being so patient with this colt. I was a little bit concerned as the race unfolded. I knew that Optimising was the X-factor. I knew he was in from Europe and had been working well and had great connections and was in a great spot. But when Juan called on MacKinnon and he responded I started smiling. If he stays injury free the [Nov. 5 GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf] is the goal.”