• The week’s highest Beyer speed figure in North America
108 Knicks Go
Gulfstream Park (Jan 23): Pegasus World Cup G1 $3m, 1m1f, dirt, 4yo+
Trainer: Brad Cox
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Owner: Korea Racing Authority
Pedigree: 5 rg h Paynter – Kosmo’s Buddy (Outflanker)
Few surprises here as all-the-way Pegasus World Cup winner Knicks Go produces the top Beyer figure of 2021 so far with a 108 for his brilliant front-running display in the $3 million event.
Harried on the lead by outsider Last Judgment, the hot favourite sped through some strong fractions (22.90s, 46.16s, 1.09.91s).
Opponents’ resistance broken, the five-year-old kept on in the stretch for a 2¾-length victory in a time of 1m47.89s – and while this wasn’t the starriest edition of the Pegasus, second-placed Jesus’ Team (104) and Independence Hall (103) in third also smashed through the three-digit barrier. Knicks Go is now rated a “50-50 chance” by his trainer to contest the Saudi Cup.
Wildman Jack, a winner at Meydan 12 months ago, also posted a 104 for trainer Doug O’Neill in the G3 Palos Verdes over 6f on dirt at Santa Anita.
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