40-1 Juvenile Runner-Up Knicks Go Maps Out Path Toward Kentucky Derby

Keeneland-based trainer Ben Colebrook said his two Breeders’ Cup runners came back in good shape.

Knicks Go, making a name for himself at delivering at big odds, ran second in the Sentient Breeders’ Cup Juvenile to the undefeated Game Winner at odds of 40-1; last month, he won Keeneland’s Breeders’ Futurity at 70-1.

The stable’s veteran 6-year-old Limousine Liberal, who is nearing $1.8 million in earnings, ran fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

As for plans for freshman Knicks Go “we’ll have a look at the (Kentucky) Jockey Club (at Churchill Nov. 24),” Colebrook said. “But it might come back a little quick. We’ll just see how he’s doing and make a decision closer to the race.”

Colebrook maintains a stable year-round at Keeneland and also takes a string to Tampa Bay Downs in the winter. “Knicks Go will go to Tampa,” he said. “The first race he’d run in there is the Sam F. Davis. Our goal, since we’re based at Keeneland, would be to get him to the Bluegrass.

“I would imagine he’ll go in the Sam F. Davis, if that goes well then the Tampa Bay Derby, then the Blue Grass. That’s as far as we have mapped out, and that’s in a perfect world. We’ll see how it all unfolds.”

Limousine Liberal will follow his annual schedule of getting time off before prepping for a return at the Keeneland Spring Meet.

“We always put him away for the winter. He’ll stay here in the barn. He doesn’t like the farm life,” he said. “He’ll get turned out in a round pen and walked for a month or so. Then we’ll start him back under tack.

“The (Sprint) really didn’t set up well for him. Jose (Ortiz) was having to chase him to keep up and he kind of resents that. He likes to run into the bridle and pull his way into his races. Jose just felt he needed to chase him, but in hindsight I don’t think that works on this horse. He doesn’t like to be told what to do.

“I think as he’s gotten older, six furlongs has gotten a little on the short side for him,” Colebrook said. “I think we’ll keep him at seven-eighths to a mile (in the future). That way he’ll have a little more time to wind up.”

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