Jackie’s warrior retired to spendthrift farm, Cyberknife aims to race again – Reuters


Jackie’s Warrior won the G1 Churchill Downs

Jackie’s Warrior, five-time Grade 1 winner and defending champion sprinter; and Cyberknife, the multiple Year 1 winner of Gun Runner, are both at spending farm and are available for inspection to breeders from November 9 to 15 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Both set to stand at stud in 2023, Jackie’s Warrior has retired from racing and taken up residence at the Lexington-based farm, while Cyberknife will return to training with Brad Cox after November 15 to complete the season.

“Jackie’s Warrior has settled in well on the farm and is such an impressive specimen, especially for a horse coming out of quite a tough campaign. It is special to be able to add another great champion to our stallion ranks and we are delighted to be able to show him to breeders,” said Ned Toffey, Managing Director of Spendthrift. “Cyberknife ran well to finish a lead behind older horse Cody’s Wish in the Dirt Mile, and he arrived at the farm in great shape and with good energy. He is ready to race again before he retires, however, it was important for us to be able to show him to breeders over the next week before he returns to Brad Cox.

Jackie’s Warrior will hold its first season for $50,000 S&N. The hugely talented son of Maclean’s Music retires as the first sprint champion in 34 years to win five 1st grades. Earlier this year he became the only horse in Saratoga’s storied history to win a 1st grade stake year for three straight years when he captured the Grade 1 Vanderbilt in dominant fashion.

Coached by Steve Asmussen, Jackie’s Warrior also became the first 2-year-old since champion Dehere in 1993 to win New York’s first three races for juveniles, including the G1 Hopeful – breaking a 28-year-old stakes record – and G2 Saratoga Special in Saratoga followed by G1 Champagne in Belmont. At three, he beat multiple Life Is Good Grade 1 winners to claim G1 Allen Jerkens, as well as quick wins in G2 Amsterdam and G2 Gallant Bob, en route to winning the 2021 Eclipse Award for Men’s Sprinter Champion. This year, Jackie’s Warrior has won the G1 Churchill Downs Stakes, G2 True North and G3 Count Fleet in addition to its Vanderbilt score.

Jackie’s Warrior won 12 of 18 starts and earned $2,959,164 for owners Kirk and Judy Robison.

Cyberknife takes a short break from Spendthrift after a short runner-up performance against Cody’s Wish at Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile in Keeneland. The talented son of Gun Runner became the first colt to win multiple grades from his sire after winning two of the biggest races for 3-year-olds in 2022 – the G1 Arkansas Derby and the G1 Haskell Invitational. In the latter, he beat multiple Grade 1 winners Taiba and Jack Christopher in a record time of 1:46.24, breaking a mark of 37 for 1 1/8 miles previously held by Spend a Buck.

Cyberknife also won the G3 Matt Winn this summer and was a finalist in the prestigious G1 Travers. He is Gun Runner’s most accomplished son to date, earning $2,087,520 for Al Gold’s Gold Square LLC.

Retired, Cyberknife will hold its first season in 2023 for $30,000 S&N.

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