The 2-year-old colt Knicks Go, a son of Paynter bred by Angie and Sabrina Moore and foaled at their GreenMount Farm in Reisterstown, flew away down the Keeneland stretch to capture the Grade 1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity for his first stakes win. A Win & You're In race for the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile-G1 on Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs, it also earned Knicks Go 10 qualifying points for next year’s Kentucky Derby-G1.
Trained by Ben Colebrook for KRA Stud Farm, Knicks Go entered off a third-place finish in the Arlington-Washington Futurity at Arlington Park. The gray colt launched his career at Ellis Park on the 4th of July, winning a five-furlong maiden special weight by three and a half lengths in :57.96. Jumped up to graded stakes company in the Saratoga’s Grade 3 Sanford next out, he never was a factor and finished fifth, but returned to hit the board at Arlington Park.
Sent off at 70-1 for the Breeders’ Futurity, the longest price in the field of 13, Knicks Go set the pace and was never threatened, pulling away to win by five and a half lengths in his first start beyond a mile. He completed the mile and a sixteenth in 1:44.23. Said Colebrook after the race: “The horse trains real well here so that’s kind of why we took a shot. He’s always breezed like a good horse. His first race was good and then he never got in a rhythm in his next two.
“(Rider) Albin (Jimenez) just stole it really,” continued Colebrook. “They didn’t give him any respect and he got out there and just got to gallop. I could see (Knicks Go) on the backside, his ears were just going. I could tell he was going to run big. But I didn’t think he was going to run that big. It was just amazing.”
The colt is out of Maryland-bred stakes winner Kosmo’s Buddy, whose five wins included a victory as a 3-year-old against older males in the Maryland Million Turf Sprint Handicap in 2008, as well as that season’s Crank It Up Stakes going short on the turf at Monmouth Park. Kosmo’s Buddy also had 12 stakes placings in her 37 career starts, and retired with earnings of $298,095. In her next to last start, the gray daughter of Outflanker and the stakes-placed Allen’s Prospect mare Vaulted was risked for a tag, just three weeks after finishing second in the Jameela Stakes, and was claimed for $40,000 by the Moores. In her final start she finished fourth behind Ben’s Cat in an attempt to win the Maryland Million Turf Sprint a second time.
Kosmo’s Buddy is the dam of four foals of racing age, with three winners from as many starters. Knicks Go, sold by his breeders for $40,000 as a weanling at the Keeneland November sale, and resold as a yearling at Keeneland September for $87,000, is her richest runner, with $330,515 earned in four starts. Found in the family is Grade 1 winner Countus In, and three-time stakes winner Tulindas, half-sisters to Knicks Go’s stakes-winning third dam Aube d’Or.
Kosmo’s Buddy has since had a 2017 colt by Orb, who was an RNA less than a week before the Breeders’ Futurity at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearlings sale and sold privately after, and a 2018 colt by Broken Vow being prepped for the Keeneland November sale. Not bred for 2019, Kosmo’s Buddy was also sold privately this past summer. The Moores still own the mare’s 5-year-old daughter Pinkprint (by Not For Love) who is currently in foal to Great Notion.
Read more about the running of the Grade 1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity here