Knicks Go the Victor in the Pegasus World Cup

Horse Racing Radar
Valerie Mellema
Valerie Mellema is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Saturday, January 23, 2021

KNICKS GO went to the lead with Joel Rosario aboard. After a half-mile, they were 1 ½ lengths ahead of LAST JUDGEMENT with a time of :46.16. Behind them were INDEPENDENCE HALL and TAX. 

Pegasus World Cup 2021Through six furlongs, KNICKS GO was trucking along but LAST JUDGEMENT and TAX were losing steam as JESUS' TEAM moved up from fifth to join INDEPENDENCE HALL. However, KNICKS GO was in front by an easy three lengths as they hit the eighth pole and finished the 1 1/8 mile in 1:47.89. 

The colt is 4-for-4 since switching to Cox's barn. In one word, Cox described the performance as "greatness." Rosario said, "He just goes faster and faster. What a training job by Brad Cox. Thank you to Racing Authority for the opportunity and to Brad for letting me ride him. He's very special. You can see, he goes faster, like I said, faster and faster."

Jesus' Team finished second with Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard. They were 11-1 at the start of the race and INDEPENDENCE HALL finished third at 27-1. Another 6 ¼ lengths back was SLEEPY EYES TODD, who was 3 ¾ lengths ahead of CODE OF HONOR.

This was the sixth win of 18 starts for KNICKS GO and boosted his career earnings to $3,088.995. One of the 4-for-4 wins with Cox includes the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1).

His next target could likely be the $20 million Saudi Cup at 1 1/8 miles February 20th in Riyadh at King Abdulaziz Racetrack. He earned an automatic spot in the field with his Pegasus win. This could turn into a showdown between him CHARLATAN. 


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