Knicks Go, Colonel Liam lead 2021 Pegasus World Cup Invitational Series odds

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Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Knicks Go is the early favorite at 5-2 for the $3 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, Jan. 23 (NBC, 4:30-6 p.m. ET). He is trained by Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer finalist Brad Cox and will be ridden by Joel Rosario, a finalist for the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey.

The 2019 Travers Stakes winner Code of Honor, who was most recently second in the Clark Stakes (G1), is on Knicks Go’s heels at 9-2. Danny Gargan’s Tax comes in at 5-1 after finishing 9th in the 2020 Pegasus World Cup. Trainer Dale Romans fields two horses in the dirt race: the 15-1 Coastal Defense and 30-1 longshot Mr Freeze, who finished second in last year’s edition.

Todd Pletcher’s Colonel Liam (7-2) leads the turf field. This will be his first graded stakes race after making his first start less than a year ago. Irad Ortiz Jr., another Eclipse finalist, has the ride.

Neither of last year’s winners (Mucho Gusto on the dirt and Zulu Alpha on the turf) will make a run at a title defense, with Mucho Gusto retired and Zulu Alpha out with an ongoing ankle injury.

The Pegasus World Cup runs 1 1/8 miles on the dirt, and the Pegasus World Cup Turf runs 1 3/16 miles on the turf.

Since 2020, the two races run entirely medication free, including Lasix, a commonly used anti-bleeding medication. This year, the winner of the Pegasus World Cup will receive automatic entry into the $20 million Saudi Cup. Both races are for horses aged 4 years and older and are invitation-only.

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$3 million Pegasus World Cup post positions and odds:

  1. Sleepy Eyes Todd (8-1),
    Trainer: Miguel Angel Silva
    Jockey: Jose Ortiz
  2. Coastal Defense (15-1)
    Trainer: Dale Romans
    Jockey: Corey Lanerie
  3. Independence Hall (20-1)
    Trainer: Mike McCarthy
    Jockey: Flavien Prat
  4. Knicks Go (5-2)
    Trainer: Brad Cox
    Jockey: Joel Rosario
  5. Jesus’ Team (8-1)
    Trainer: Jose Francisco D’Angelo
    Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
  6. Kiss Today Goodbye (10-1)
    Trainer: Eric Kruljac
    Jockey: Mike Smith
  7. Tax (5-1)
    Trainer: Danny Gargan
    Jockey: Luis Saez
  8. Harpers First Ride (10-1)
    Trainer: Claudio Gonzalez
    Jockey: Angel Cruz
  9. Last Judgment (20-1)
    Trainer: Mike Maker
    Jockey: Paco Lopez
  10. Code of Honor (9-2)
    Trainer: Shug McGaughey
    Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione
  11. Mr Freeze (30-1)
    Trainer: Dale Romans
    Jockey: John Velazquez
  12. Math Wizard (20-1)
    Trainer: Saffie Joseph Jr.
    Jockey: Edgard Zayas

$1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf post positions and odds:

  1. Next Shares (20-1)
    Trainer: Richard Baltas
    Jockey: Drayden Van Dyke
  2. Breaking the Rules (10-1)
    Trainer: Shug McGaughey
    Jockey: John Velazquez
  3. Storm the Court (12-1)
    Trainer: Peter Eurton
    Jockey: Julien Leparoux
  4. North Dakota (10-1)
    Trainer: Shug McGaughey
    Jockey: Jose Ortiz
  5. Colonel Liam (7-2)
    Trainer: Todd Pletcher
    Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
  6. Largent (9-2)
    Trainer: Todd Pletcher
    Jockey: Paco Lopez
  7. Aquaphobia (20-1)
    Trainer: Mike Maker
    Jockey: Joe Bravo
  8. Anothertwistafate (5-1)
    Trainer: Peter Miller
    Jockey: Joel Rosario
  9. Cross Border (15-1)
    Trainer: Mike Maker
    Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione
  10. Pixelate (15-1)
    Trainer: Michael Stidham
    Jockey: Edgard Zayas
  11. Say the Word (6-1)
    Trainer: Philip D’Amato
    Jockey: Flavien Prat
  12. Social Paranoia (8-1)
    Trainer: Todd Pletcher
    Jockey: Luis Saez

Watch the 2021 Pegasus World Cup on Saturday, Jan. 23 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. ET on NBC, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.