Knicks Go To Begin at $30K at Taylor Made

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Knicks Go leads Hot Rod Charlie and Medina Spirit around the far turn in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic | Breeders' Cup/Eclipse Sportswire/Matt Wooley

Knicks Go (Paynter), who capped what is likely to be a Horse of the Year campaign with a front-running victory in the GI Longines Breeders' Cup Classic at Del Mar Nov. 6, will enter stud at Taylor Made Stallions in 2022 for an introductory fee of $30,000, the farm announced Wednesday.

The Maryland-bred, owned by the Korea Racing Authority and trained by Brad Cox, finished his 5-year-old season on four-race winning streak and won five of his seven starts overall, including the prestigious GI Whitney S. at Saratoga by 4 1/2 lengths Aug. 7. He prepped for the Classic with a facile success in the GIII Lukas Classic at Churchill Downs and was registering his second Breeders' Cup victory over the weekend, having scored by 3 1/2 lengths in the GI Dirt Mile in 2020. His final time in the Classic of 1:59.57 nearly broke the Del Mar track record held by Candy Ride (Arg) and was the fastest recorded on dirt since Ghostzapper in 2004. With a potential career finale in defense of his title in the GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational in late January, Knicks Go has amassed a record of 24-10-3-1 and earnings of $8,673,135.

Leading second-crop sire Not This Time (Giant's Causeway) will stand for $45,000 next season on the back of an outstanding year at the races. In 2021, the son of Miss Macy Sue (Trippi) has accounted for no fewer than 11 black-type winners, five more than his nearest rival, and has been represented by a pair of graded winners–Yes This Time and Easy Time. Mongolian Changa (Brilliant Speed), the dam of GI Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit (Protonico), sold in foal to Not This Time for $1.05 million at Fasig-Tipton November Tuesday evening.

The newest addition to the Taylor Made roster, Tacitus (Tapit), will command a first-year covering fee of $10,000.

Not This Time (Giant's Causeway), $45,000

Knicks Go (Paynter), $30,000

Tacitus (Tapit), $10,000

Instagrand (Into Mischief), $7,500

Instilled Regard (Arch), $7,500

Midnight Storm (Pioneerof the Nile), $7,500

Mshawish (Medaglia d'Oro), $5,000

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