Cox on Knicks Go: ‘Good as it ever was’
HALLANDALE BEACH, Florida – Coach Brad Cox didn’t need many words to describe what Knicks Go was like after galloping at Gulfstream Park.
“He’s as good as he’s ever been. He’s awesome,” Cox said.
Knicks GB are the 6-5 favorite on the morning line as they look to repeat in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) in the latest start of their glittering career.
Cox said he didn’t mind, so Knicks Go pulled the rail for the sixth $3 million run Pegasus World Cup.
“I’ve always said I don’t really care where they shoot,” he said. “I’m more interested in how they come out of there, not where they actually come from. As long as it breaks like it has in the past, you’ll be fine.
Since Knicks Go is very fast, Cox said he wasn’t worried about the horse having traffic problems from the rail.
“It’s zero, zero handicap. If anything, it may even be a bonus,” Cox said. “I’m good with it. The en-route running position is probably overrated.
Jockey Joel Rosario will ride The Knicks will for the 10th consecutive time. Since taking the mount in October 2020, they have combined to win seven of nine races.
“He’s always able to get it into position and he runs with confidence,” Cox said. “Joel is a good rider. Good hands. A world class runner. We are well placed. It suits him terribly well.
Cox acknowledged that he and his staff were feeling mixed emotions as their star prepared for his final career run.
“What’s important is that he’s accomplished so much. He owes us nothing,” Cox said. “Hopefully he can come out on a high note with a win. We have to go through on Saturday, but I would be extremely happy for the horse if he can retire healthy, healthy and happy. It’s always hard when we go out, but if he comes out in good order, healthy, I think that’s huge. He’s not sent off due to poor performance or health issues. I’m good with that. It’s time for him to start his next stud career and hopefully we’ll get one more.
Gulfstream Park Press Release
Photo: Knicks Go (Lauren King Photo)