Saturday at Gulfstream Park in Florida, with the sixth appearance of the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational, we’ll be treated to one of the West’s old confrontations – the old gunslinger. training, arguably the fastest in the draw compared to the outlaws yearning for that difference.
Knicks Go, Paynter’s 6-year-old son, who is about to be crowned Horse of the Year 2021 at next month’s Eclipse Awards dinner in Santa Anita and who won last year’s Pegasus by 2 3/4 length, gets Set to complete against rising Life Is Good, Into Mischief’s 4-year-old pony aims to prove himself bit by bit faster – if not faster – at the draw than his senior.
Brad Cox-trained Knicks Go drew the rails in a nine-horse lineup for the 1/8-mile confrontation that will be televised by NBC starting at 1:30 p.m., Life Is Good, adapted by Todd Pletcher, more beneficial than Lesson 4.
Both are fast. Very, very fast. The question in this race is who is faster? Will Knicks Go pop the gate and put the court gate in the ropes like he did at last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, producing fractions 23.16, 45.77 and 1:10.04 at Joel’s hand Rosario while scoring win 2 3/4 it? He has never lost in eight tries around two innings.
But you want lightning-fast splits? Try Life Is Good’s incredible effort in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile in 2021, as he goes 21.88, 44.94 and 1:08.76 en route to a 5 3/4 length win in the stage The most spectacular show of the weekend at Del Mar. He’s only lost once in six starts and could have been a favorite at the Kentucky Derby last spring if injury hadn’t knocked him off the Triple Crown trail in March.
Add the fact that you have two of the nation’s top racers, Rosario on Knicks Go and Irad Ortiz, Jr. on Life Is Good, and this is comparable to Billy the Kid versus Jesse James at the OK Corral.
This is sure to be fun.
“You have two super talented horses with similar running styles, so it makes for a very interesting race. It will be interesting to see how the pace plays out,” Pletcher said after Life Is Good was selected as the 8-5 second choice on the light line, following the Knicks Go’s 6-5 bias.
“Speed is our horse’s weapon and we don’t want to take it away from him, and I’m sure the Knicks Go team knows what’s right for their horse. We’ll just see how it plays out. “
“We’re not going to really deviate from what we’ve done in the past,” Cox said. (Life Is Good) is a very agile, outstanding horse. We won’t let him have his own way, and I think he probably won’t let us have our own.”
That sounds like a challenge to me. Neither of them back down, which is the way it should be when two of the fastest on the leaderboard appear in front of a nationwide audience.
Veteran racing agent Ron Anderson, whose client has won a record 38 Breeders’ Cup races and is Rosario’s book handler, has a firm view on what to expect on Saturday.
“There will be others in the race, but it will come to Life Is Good and Knicks Go,” he told Santa Anita’s Ed Golden in public. “Good luck to Life Is Good, but he won’t be in front of my horse. There’s no way. “
This is only getting more and more complicated. Katherine loved that one Bonanza episode when Adam Cartwright… oh never mind. Let’s enjoy the numbers that become one of the horse races on Saturday in Hallandale, Florida.
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https://www.sbsun.com/2022/01/27/its-knicks-go-vs-life-is-good-in-high-speed-matchup-at-pegasus-world-cup-invitational/ It’s Knicks Go vs. Life is Good in a high-speed match at the Pegasus World Cup Invitational – San Bernardino Sun