Knicks Go has final move before Pegasus

Knicks Go
Knicks Go was a blur in winning the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Classic. Photo Scott Serio/Breeders’ Cup/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM.

Knicks Go tuned up for a title defense in Saturday’s $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) at Gulfstream Park with a ‘bullet’ five-furlong workout Sunday morning at Fair Grounds.

The Brad Cox trainee, who captured last year’s Pegasus World Cup by 2 ¾ lengths, was timed in 1:00.40, the fastest of 57 workouts recorded at the distance at the New Orleans track. Exercise rider Edvin Vargas was aboard.

Sunday’s breeze was the son of Paynter’s second straight ‘bullet’ in a series of eight workouts (seven at Fair Grounds) since capturing the Breeders’ Cup Classic by 2 ¾ lengths at Del Mar Nov. 6.

Knicks Go, widely expected to be named 2021 Horse of the Year next month, is scheduled to ship to Gulfstream Park by van Monday for his final career start in the Pegasus, in which he is slated to clash with Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner Life Is Good.

“He breezed good and we’re really happy with him. We’ll check him in the morning (Monday) and if everything is good to go, he’ll be on the van and head out at 8:30 a.m.,” Cox said. “We’d like to get him there as quickly as possible; I’m thinking it will take around 13 hours. I’m flying in Monday afternoon, so I’ll meet him there and we’ll be ready to go.”

Knicks Go was bred in Maryland by Angie Moore. A son of Paynter, he is out of the Outflanker mare Kosmo’s Buddy.

 Post positions for the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) and the $500,000 Pegasus World Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G3) will be drawn Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Fans can watch on the Pegasus World Cup website.

The card includes four other graded stakes.