Knicks Go, the gray Maryland-bred colt who burst on the scene in the fall of 2018, has been named a finalist for the Eclipse Award Two-Year-Old Male division. The Eclipse Awards recognize excellence in Thoroughbred racing, and Knicks Go showcased his talent when leading the field of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile-G1 at Churchill Downs down the stretch before finishing second to Game Winner, another of the finalists. Winner of Keeneland’s Grade 1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity in his prior start, Knicks Go recorded two wins during the year and was on the board in four of his six starts to earn $672,515.
Bred by Angie and Sabrina Moore and foaled at their GreenMount Farm in Reisterstown, Knicks Go sold twice at auction, first by his breeders as a weanling in November 2016 for $40,000, and the next September for $87,000 to his current owners, KRA (Korea Racing Authority) Stud Farm. Knicks Go is a son of Paynter out of the talented Maryland-bred stakes winner Kosmo’s Buddy, a daughter of longtime Maryland sire Outflanker.
Based in Kentucky, Knicks Go is trained by Ben Colebrook. The colt currently sits second on the Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, which ranks runners by points earned in selected races, with the top 20 in points earning a spot in the starting gate for the 145th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby.
The Eclipse Awards, named after the great 18th-century racehorse and foundation sire Eclipse, are bestowed upon horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements in North America have earned them the title of Champion in their respective categories and are voted by media and industry leaders with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB). The winners will be announced at the 48th annual Eclipse Awards dinner and ceremony, presented by Daily Racing Form, Breeders’ Cup and The Stronach Group on Thursday evening, Jan. 24, at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.