Knicks Go Wins the Pegasus World Cup

By Emily Shields

The fifth annual Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) on Saturday at Gulfstream Park went to the favorite, Knicks Go, who put on a front running masterpiece to win.

The favorite in a field of 12, Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner Knicks Go went to the lead when the gates opened, and steadily scooted away from his rivals. He scored by 2 ¾ lengths under jockey Joel Rosario, with Jesus’ Team nipping Independence Hall for second. Sleepy Eyes Todd, Code of Honor, Coastal Defense, Kiss Today Goodbye, Last Judgment, Math Wizard, Tax, Mr Freeze, and Harpers First Ride rounded out the finish.

Knicks Go was winning for the sixth time in 18 starts, with three seconds and a third. The son of Paynter has now earned over $3 million. Brad Cox took over his training from Ben Coleman last year after a series of disappointing races, but Knicks Go was always a classy horse. He won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland in 2018, then ran second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) that year. He has now won his last four starts.

Code of Honor, a dual Grade 1-winner who was a Grade 2 winner over the Gulfstream Park track, was a disappointment in fifth, but got washy before the race. The well-traveled Sleepy Eyes Todd finished almost ten lengths off the winner in fourth.

The Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1) went to favored Colonel Liam, who made a stupendous charge down the center of the course to score by a neck over stablemate Largent. Todd Pletcher trains both horses, with the winner being a son of Liam’s Map and the Bernardini mare Amazement. Second choice Anothertwistafate finished last in the field of 12.

The other stakes races went as follows:

$150,000 W. L. McKnight Stakes (G3): Tide of the Sea

$200,000 Inside Information Stakes (G2): Pacific Gale

$125,000 La Prevoyante Stakes (G3): Always Shopping

$125,000 Marshua’s River Stakes (G3): Zofelle

$125,000 Fred W. Hooper Stakes (G#): Performer

Perhaps the most exciting race of the day was Prevalence winning a maiden special weight contest by 8 ½ lengths. He is a Godolphin homebred by Medaglia D’oro.

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