Getting lost in the upset win by Well Defined in the Sam F. Davis Stakes yesterday was Knicks Go, the surprise winner last year of the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity and runner up in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
Trainer Ben Colebrook was predicting a huge win for the son of Paynter, saying that another horse would have to have a career-defining win to beat the horse. Instead, Knicks Go could only manage a fifth-place finish after coming off a devastating 11th-place finish in the Kentucky Jockey Club.
The colt, according to one fan, faded “like the New York basketball team,” and, judging from his past two performance, seems to have peaked early.
Well Defined, on the other hand, seems to be doing his own peaking. The gelding, trained by Kathleen O’Connell, led from wire to wire en route to a victory and 10 points toward the Kentucky Derby.
Knicks Go and Kentucky Wildcat stalked Well Defined throughout the race, and Knicks Go seemed to be ready to take over the lead heading into the turn, but he failed to fire. Kentucky Wildcat continued the chase, finishing 2 3/4 lengths behind the winner.
Said Colebrook of Knicks Go, “It looked like he had dead aim and then he kind of flattened out. It didn’t go the way we wanted, but hopefully there will be another day.”
There won’t be many more opportunities for Knicks Go if he is to be a Derby horse.