Zozos Leads All The Way to Win Knicks Go

May 06, 2023 Churchill Downs Public Relations Churchill Downs Communications,Darren Rogers

LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, May 6, 2023) – Barry and Joni Butzow’s homebred Zozos took the lead out of the gate and held off Kupuna by three-quarters of a length to win the second running of the $175,000 Knicks Go Overnight Stakes presented by L&N Federal Credit Union for 4-year-olds and up.
Trained by Brad Cox and ridden by Florent Geroux, Zozos covered the mile on a fast main track in a stakes-record 1:34.42.
Zozos was fastest out of the gate in the field of 11 and put up fractions of :22.66 and :45.15 with Kneedeepinsnow and Kupuna applying only token pressure.
On the far turn, Kupuna ranged up alongside Zozos, but entering the stretch, Geroux cut the corner and re-established a clear advantage that he carred to the finish.
Zozos is a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Munnings out of the Forestry mare Papa’s Forest. The victory was worth $90,500 and increased Zozos’ earnings to $412,900 with a record of 8-5-1-0.
Zozos returned $9.42, $4.94 and $3.84 to his backers. Kupuna, ridden by Rey Gutierrez, returned $6.86 and $4.94 and finished 4 ¾ lengths in front of defending race champion Three Technique, who paid $6.80 to show under Rafael Bejarano.
It was another 2 ¾ lengths back to Baby Yoda, who was followed in order by Kneedeepinsnow, Masqueparade, Promise Keeper, Noble Drama, Gulfstream Way, Caddo River and Surly Furious.
Florent Geroux, jockey, Zozos, winner: “He broke sharp and went right to the lead. And, was able to hold off all the other horses. Pretty simple. Not much technique there.”
Brad Cox, trainer, Zozos, winner: “This has been one of the better races he has run. I was a little concerned about cutting him back in distance to the one turn mile. He’s a great horse but I did tell Florent (Geroux) before the race ‘break very aggressive with intent’ because there were a lot of horses that looked like they wanted to do the same thing. Fortunately he showed up and ran a great race.”
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