Knicks Go

2024 FEE: $15,000 S&N
Paynter - Kosmo's Buddy - Outflanker
  • First weanlings sold for $220,000, $150,000, $140,000, etc.
  • Eclipse Award Horse of the Year and Champion Older Male of 2021
  • Ranked as Longines World’s Best Racehorse of 2021
  • Gate-to-wire winner of the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Del Mar, just two clicks off Candy Ride (ARG)’s 18-year track record. Earned a 112 Beyer—the fastest Beyer of the 2021 Breeders’ Cup
  • 2-time NTR-setter & G1 winner at 24, & with over $9.2 million in earnings
  • The fastest miler in Keeneland history: won the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) by 3 1/2 lengths, setting a new track record of 1:33.85.
  • An effortless winner of the historic Whitney S. (G1) at Saratoga. Set quick fractions of :23.42, :46.76, etc. and won by 4 1/2 lengths in a hand ride—111 Beyer.
  • Also in 2021: winner of the Pegasus World Cup (G1) gearing down;10 1/4-length winner of the Cornhusker H. (G3); 4-length winner of the Lukas Classic S. (G3)
  • The fastest stakes winner in 2021 with a 113 Beyer. 7 other triple-digit Beyers in his career: 112111108108107104100
  • Ran a 2+ Ragozin a remarkable 4 times in his career
  • Undefeated in 2020: 7 1/2-length allowance winner at Oaklawn; 10 1/4-length allowance winner at Keeneland setting a new track record of 1:40.79 for 1 1/16 miles; dominated the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1)
  • Brilliantly precocious: A debut 2YO MdSpWt winner by 3 1/2 lengths; won the $500,000 Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland by 5 1/2 lengths; runner-up in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Churchill to eventual 2YO champion Game Winner
  • The best son of fast G1 winner PAYNTER, by Awesome Again
  • Out of a multiple stakes winner and Danzig-line mare
  • First in-foal mares sold for up to $480,000. First foals arrive in 2023
Race Record
Age Starts 1st (SW) 2nd(Sp) 3rd(Sp) Earned
2 6 2(1) 1(1) 1(1) 672,515
3 8 0 2(1) 0 68,040
4 3 3(1) 0 0 608,440
5 7 5(5) 0 0 7,324,140
6 1 0 1 0 585,000
Totals 25 10(7) 4(2) 1(1) 9,258,135
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Mating Recommendations for Knicks Go

By: Alan Porter

A thrilling front-runner, Knicks Go has won six graded stakes events, including the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at two, as well as the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1), Whitney Stakes (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1). The most exciting young sire from the Deputy Minister line, Knicks Go is out of multiple stakes winning sprinter. 


Knicks Go is by Paynter, brilliant winner of the Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1), and a son of champion and classic winner Awesome Again, from a sister to Horse of the Year Tiznow. Knicks Go’s broodmare sire, Outflanker, is from the immediate family of A.P. Indy, and Paynter has sired grade two winner Lazy Daisy out of a mare by A.P. Indy son Sauve and a stakes winner out of a mare by A.P. Indy son, Mingun, indicating that A.P. Indy should be very interesting here. There are other Awesome Again line stakes winners from this line out of mares by Tapit (sire of Constitution, Tapizar, Concord Point and Trappe Shot), a son of Pulpit (also sire of Sky Mesa and Stroll); Malibu Moon, Aptitude and Anasheed. This also suggests mares by such as Bernardini (sire of Stay Thirsty and To Honor and Serve, Flatter (sire of Flat Out), Congrats, Mineshaft (sire of Dialed In and Discreetly Mine), Jump Start, Stephen Got Even (sire of First Dude) and Majestic Warrior.


Out of Mr. Prospector line mares Paynter has a stakes winners out of mares by City Zip (sire of Run Away and Hide), a son of Carson City also sire of Lord Carson, Flying Chevron, Five Star Day, Cuvee and Pollard’s Vision; Bandini, by Fusaichi Pegasus, also sire of Roman Ruler; and English Channel, by Smart Strike, also sire of Curlin (sire of Exaggerator and Palace Malice), Lookin At Lucky and Dominus. There is also Paynter stakes winner out of a mare by Trippi, by End Sweep, a son of Forty Niner. The cross Awesome Again and sons with Forty Niner line mares has been a very successful, with two grade one winners out of mares by Distorted Humor (sire of Sharp Humor, Jimmy Creed and Maclean’s Music), and graded winners out of mares by Coronado’s Quest, Twining and Roar. From other branches of Mr. Prospector, there is a grade one winner on an Awesome Again cross over Gone West, as well as a graded winner out of a mare by Elusive Quality (whose son, Quality Road is also broodmare sire of an Awesome Again line stakes winner), and there are also stakes winners out of mares by Mr. Greeley, Grand Slam and Zamindar. Mares by Proud Citizen and Speightstown and his son, Munnings, might also work. We can also note classic winner Sir Winston out of a mare by Afleet Alex (by Northern Afleet) and a graded stakes winner by a son of Awesome Again out of a mare by Street Cry, sire of Street Sense and Street Boss.


From the Fappiano branch of Mr. Prospector, Paynter has a stakes winner out of a mare by Quiet American. There is also an Awesome Again grade one winner out of a mare by Grindstone (sire of Birdstone), who is by Unbridled (himself broodmare sire of a graded winner by a son of Awesome Again). There are also stakes winners out of mares by Unbridled sons, Broken Vow and Empire Maker (sire of Pioneerof the Nile, grandsire of American Pharoah, Cairo Prince and Bodemeister). 


Paynter also has a graded stakes winner out of a mare by Dynaformer (sire of Temple City, Point of Entry and Purim). This is a cross over Roberto line mares, and has worked very well for Awesome Again line sires, including grade one winners out of mares by Arch (sire of Blame) and Rock Hard Ten, and a graded stakes winner out of a mare by You and I, all by Kris S.;  and a graded winner out of a mare by Red Ransom

Paynter has a stakes winner out of a mare by Holy Bull, and there are six stakes winners on an Awesome Again line cross over Holy Bull, including grade one winner Judy The Beauty. Holy Bull is sire of Macho Uno (a half-brother to Macho Uno, and interesting hers), Flashy Bull, Woke Up Dreamin and Giacomo. Paynter also has a stakes winner out of a mare by Leroidesanimaux (sir of Animal Kingdom), and there is a stakes winner by Paynter out of a mare by Tiznow, and a graded stakes winner out of a mare by Tiznow son, Tiz Wonderful, which suggests Colonel John, Gemologist, Morning Line, Strong Mandate and Tourist.

Age Starts 1st (SW) 2nd(Sp) 3rd(Sp) Earned
2 6 2(1) 1(1) 1(1) $672,515
3 8 0 2(1) 0 $68,040
4 3 3(1) 0 0 $608,440
5 7 5(5) 0 0 $7,324,140
6 1 0 1 0 $585,000
Totals 25 10(7) 4(2) 1(1) $9,258,135

Won at 2

  • Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland (8.5f, D, by 5 1/2 lengths, defeating Signalman, Standard Deviation, Sombeyay, Derby Date, Mr. Ankeny, etc.).
  • A maiden special weight at Ellis Park (5f, D, career debut, by 3 1/2 lengths, defeating Artaban, World, Galindo, Leroy Be Thy Name).

2nd at 2

  • Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Churchill Downs (8.5f, D, to Game Winner, defeating Signalman, Mr. Money, Gunmetal Gray, Duelling, Mind Control, Topper T, Tight Ten, Complexity, Derby Date, Well Defined, Standard Deviation).

3rd at 2

  • Arlington-Washington Futurity (L) at Arlington (7f, AW, to Big Drink of Water, Distant Shore, defeating Hide the Demon, Sayin Grace, Castlewood Terrace, Coup de Ville).

2nd at 3

  • Ellis Park Derby (8f, D, to Gray Magician, defeating Night Ops, Harvey Wallbanger, Eskenforit, Super Steed, Whiskey Echo).
  • An allowance race at Keeneland (7f, D, to Looking at Bikinis, defeating Royal Urn, Boldor, Pole Setter, Regally Irish, I’m River).

Won at 4

  • Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) at Keeneland (8f, D, in 1:33.85-NTR, by 3 1/2 lengths, defeating Jesus’ Team, Sharp Samurai, Complexity, Ownedale, Mr Freeze, Rushie, Art Collector, War of Will, Silver Dust, Mr. Money, Pirate’s Punch).
  • An allowance race at Keeneland (8.5f, D, in 1:40.79-NTR, by 10 1/4 lengths, defeating Casino Star, Royal Mesa, Easy Shot, Proverb, Troubling Moon).
  • An allowance race at Oaklawn (8.5f, D, by 7 1/2 lengths, defeating Bruder Bob, My Sixth Sense, Street to Indy, Empty Tomb, Arrival, Exemplar, Forty Under, Don’t Forget).

Won at 5—Eclipse Horse of the Year and Champion Older Male

  • Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Del Mar (10f, D, by 2 3/4 lengths, defeating Medina Spirit, Essential Quality, Hot Rod Charlie, Stiletto Boy, Art Collector, Tripoli, Max Player). 112 Beyer.
  • Pegasus World Cup Inv. S. (G1) at Gulfstream (9f, D, by 2 3/4 lengths, defeating Jesus’ Team, Independence Hall, Sleepy Eyes Todd, Code of Honor, Coastal Defense, Kiss Today Goodbye, Last Judgment, Math Wizard, Tax, Mr Freeze, Harpers First Ride)
  • Whitney S. (G1) at Saratoga (9f, D, by 4 1/2 lengths, defeating Maxfield, Silver State, Swiss Skydiver, By My Standards).
  • Prairie Meadows Cornhusker H. (G3) (9f, D, by 10 1/4 lengths, defeating Last Judgment, Rate R Superstar, Tenfold, Dinar, Modernist).
  • Lukas Classic S. (G3) at Churchill Downs (9f, D, by 4 lengths, defeating Independence Hall, Shared Sense, Tacitus, Chess Chief, Sprawl).

2nd at 6

  • Pegasus World Cup (G1) at Gulfstream Park (10f, D, to Life is Good, defeating Stiletto Boy, Endorsed, Sir Winston, Chess Chief, Commandeer, Title Ready, Empty Tomb).
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