OwnerKorea Racing Authority
Jockey (from last start)Joel Rosario
Knicks Go is the type of horse that likes to go first and go fast. With a penchant for leading from the break of the gate, the 5-year-old son of Paynter has stamped himself as one of the speediest Thoroughbreds around two turns, often leaving his competition — and his audience — in awe.
Having earned an automatic berth in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Del Mar by virtue of his dominating victory in the Whitney Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course, Knicks Go likely will employ all his natural speed — what trainer Brad Cox refers to as his true “weapon” — when he returns to the World Championships for the third consecutive year.
Knicks Go had his final Classic tune-up at Churchill Downs with a front-running 4-length victory in the Lukas Classic (G3) for his fourth consecutive triumph.
Originally trained by Ben Colebrook, Knicks Go burst onto the scene in 2018 when at only 2, he turned in a sizzling front-running performance in Keeneland’s Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) winning at odds of 70-1. The Breeders’ Futurity would punch his first ticket in the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series to that year’s TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) in which he came in a strong second.
His 3-year-old campaign proved more of a march than a sprint with no wins that season, but a new barn, and a new trainer in the form of Cox, proved just the change Knicks Go needed to get back on the path to success at age 4. Knicks Go was undefeated that year in three starts, capped by another gate-to-wire victory in the Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) at Keeneland.
“He was a very good horse last year, and he’s a better horse now,” Cox told NYRA Communications following Knicks Go’s victory in the Whitney.
Cox is no stranger to the pressures of the World Championships. He already has won seven Breeders’ Cup races, including four in 2020 alone, a record-tying feat that helped him earn the 2020 Eclipse Award for outstanding trainer.
Knicks Go was purchased for $87,000 by the Korea Racing Authority from the Woods Edge Farm consignment to the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Twenty-three starts later, it’s safe to say that the horse has more than made good on his purchase price, as he has banked more than $5.5 million in purse earnings.
Bred in Maryland by Sabrina Moore and Angie Moore, Knicks Go hails from a long line of Classic participants. His sire, Paynter, took a turn in the 2013 renewal of the Classic and his grandsire, Awesome Again, was the Breeders’ Cup Classic winner of 1998. Awesome Again also holds the distinction of being the first Classic winner to sire another Classic winner in Ghostzapper.
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