Spendthrift Farm has acquired the breeding rights to recent winner of the TVG.com Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) Cyberknife .
The two-time millionaire winner of the first year by gun runner will be stallion at the farm near Lexington at the end of his racing career. He is campaigning through Al Gold’s Gold Square and is being groomed by trainer Brad Cox for a run in the August 27 Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Racetrack.
“We are grateful to 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 (G1) and Haskell.
“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 have high expectations. can’t wait to see what Cyberknife can accomplish on the track.”
Cyberknife beat the winners of the 1st year Taiba and Jack Christopher in the Haskell on July 23 at Monmouth Parksetting a track record of 1:46.24 for 1 1/8 miles on a fast main track and earning a place in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) on November 5 at Keeneland. Prior to Haskell Day, the track record was 1:46 4/5, set by Spend a Buck in 1985.
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Earlier this year, Cyberknife burst onto the 3-year-old scene with a 2 3/4 win in the $1,250,000 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. Trained by Brad Cox, the chestnut colt also won the Matt Winn Stakes (G3) at Churchill Falls in June, compiling five wins out of nine starts to date with earnings of $1,596,520.
“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’ve seen (jockey) 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 3 year olds- We are very excited about him in the Travers and further into the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
The chestnut colt covered a half mile in :49.96 at Saratoga on August 6 in his first breeze since the Haskell.
“Cyberknife was always a terrific talent from day one, and he just got better at age 3,” Cox said.
Bred by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Cyberknife was a $400,000 consignment purchase from Ramsey Farm at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearlings showcase by agent Joe Hardoon. He is out of the multi-stakes winning Flower Alley mare, Awesome Flower, and is out of Well Armed’s immediate family, multiple Grade 1 winners.
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