Gulfstream Park has announced that KNICKS GO is the 5-2 morning line favorite for Saturday's $3 million Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational (G1).
The Pegasus is 1 ? miles and the richest purse for older horses in North America not associated with the Breeders' Cup. The $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) is 1 3/16 miles for older horses. Both races will be part of the 12 race card Saturday that will also include the:
$200,000 Inside Information (G2)
$125,000 Fred W. Hooper (G3)
$125,000 William L. McKnight (G3)
$125,000 La Prevoyante (G3)
$125,000 Marsha's River (g3)
Post time for the first race is 11:40am. Advance wagering will be available Friday. The late Pick 4 and Late Pick 5 pools will be guaranteed at $750,000.
KNICKS GO, owned by the Korea Racing Authority, will be coming into the race off three straight victories in as many starts in 2020. He broke the track record in the Breeders' Cup Dirt (G2) with Joel Rosario aboard. He will be breaking from post 4. The Pegasus will be the longest race the colt has run in his 17-race career.
Trainer Brad Cox has not raced much at Gulfstream, but knows that speed tends to be key on the track. "I'm excited. I really do think he'll handle a mile and an eighth. In his three races with us last year, there was horse left. In the Breeders' Cup, Joel reachup and grabbed him four or five jumps from the wire, so he was still going."
CODE OF HONOR has already been victorious in graded stakes over the Gulfstream track. He was rated second in the morning line at 9-2 and will break from the 10 spot. He is owned by W. S. Farish and trained by Shug McGaughey. The 5-year-old won the 2019 Fountain of Youth (G2) and finished third in the Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream. He went on to win the Travers (G2) and the Jockey Gold Cup (G1). Tyler Gaffalione will be aboard.
TAX is set to make his second Pegasus start. While he finished off the board last year due to stumbling out of the gates, but Randy Hill, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Hugh Lynch are happy with the colt's chances. He is coming off a dominating 4 ½ length victory in the December 12th Harlan's Holiday (G3) at Gulfstream Park. You can find out what Randy Hill and trainer Danny Gargan think of TAX's chances in this weeks' The Player's Edge Podcast tomorrow! TAX is rated 5-1 and breaking from the 7th post with Luis Saez aboard.