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.
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.
stakes races went as follows:
$150,000 W. L.
McKnight Stakes (G3): Tide of the Sea
Information Stakes (G2): Pacific Gale
Prevoyante Stakes (G3): Always Shopping
Marshua’s River Stakes (G3): Zofelle
W. Hooper Stakes (G#): Performer
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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