Spendthrift acquires breeding rights to Cyberknife, multiple Grade 1 winners and track record holder – Reuters


Cyberknife, inside, beats Taiba to lower Monmouth Park’s 1 1/8 mile track record in Haskell Invitational

Spendthrift Farm has acquired the breeding rights to recent TVG.com winner Haskell Invitational (G1) Cyberknife.

The multiple Gun Runner Grade 1 winning millionaire will stand at Lexington-based farm stud at the end of his racing career.

“We are grateful to (owner) Al Gold and his team for allowing us to acquire the stallion rights to such an exciting horse as Cyberknife,” said Ned Toffey, Managing Director of Spendthrift. “Gun Runner has certainly established himself as a serious sire with his first crop, and Cyberknife is his only son to win multiple Grade 1s, having impressively won two of the biggest US million dollar 3-year-olds – the Derby of Arkansas and Haskel.

“Cyberknife is a very handsome and very athletic colt, and I know their team thinks he is only getting better. He will be a wonderful addition to our roster when his racing career is over. In the meantime, we look forward to it. to see what Cyberknife can accomplish on the track,” added Toffey.

Led by Al Gold’s Gold Square LLC, Cyberknife beat Grade 1 winners Taiba and Jack Christopher in the $1 million Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth on July 23, setting a track record of 1:46.24 for 1 1/8 miles on a fast lane and earn a place for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) in November at Keeneland. Prior to Haskell’s day, the track record was 1:46.80 set by Spend a Buck in 1985.

Earlier this year, Cyberknife burst onto the 3-year-old scene with a blistering 2 ¾ length win in the $1,250,000 Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park. Trained by Brad Cox, the chestnut colt also won the Matt Winn Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs in June, compiling five wins from nine starts while earning $1,596,520 to date.

“I am thrilled to team up with Spendthrift on Cyberknife, and look forward to seeing him have a productive stud career,” Gold said. “Cyberknife is a very athletic and maneuverable colt. You saw Florent (Geroux) use it several times to be able to make the winning move in the Haskell, which produced one of Ragozin’s fastest numbers of all three. We are very excited about him in the Travers and further into the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Cyberknife ran a half mile in :49.96 Saturday at Saratoga in its first breeze since the Haskell. He is headed to the $1,250,000 Travers Stakes (G1) in Saratoga on August 27.

“Cyberknife was always a terrific talent from day one, and he just got better at age 3,” Cox said.

Bred in Kentucky by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Cyberknife was a $400,000 purchase by agent Jack Hardoon during the 2020 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Selected Yearlings showcase and is out of the multi-stakes winner Flower Alley, Awesome Flower. He comes from the family of several Well Armed Grade 1 winners.

For more information on Cyberknife, please contact Des, Mark or Brian at Spendthrift at 859-294-0030.

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