Photo: Oaklawn Park
Last year, Charles Cella’s Cyber Secret was the hot horse after a 5
1/4-length victory in an allowance, which led to starts in both the
Southwest (G3) and Rebel (G2) stakes where he was fifth both times.
Flash Forward to 2013 and he is once again the “now” horse heading into
Saturday’s $150,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) with two impressive
allowance wins over the track this meet. The Razorback will mark his
first stakes attempt since the Rebel.
“He’s not complaining about anything at this point,” said trainer
Lynn Whiting. “He’s a pretty solid horse. He’s a horse who is in good
form and that winning habit gets infectious with a horse sometimes.
Hopefully he can take another step forward. He will have to because this
is a pretty good cast.”
Cyber Secret, a Broken Vow colt, was originally assigned 113 lbs.,
six less than highweight Alternation, but Whiting has opted to stick
with jockey Robby Albarado rather than look for a rider who can pull the
“My rider only does 117, so we’ll only be getting two pounds,” said
Whiting. “We aren’t getting much of an advantage in the weights. I think
we don’t put enough weight on horses. The problem is most jockeys can’t
do it and when you do get light-weighted, you can’t take advantage of
it. But I didn’t change riders because I thought Robby got along very
well two races back. We tried to get him to relax and he did that for
Robby. The race after that he really fought with Alex (Birzer) . It
seems like he was dragging from the three-quarters to the quarter pole
and that’s usually a recipe for disaster. It showed a lot that he was
able to overcome it. I like that Todd’s horse is outside of us. That
should drive the pace up for us, but I’ll leave that to Robby anyway and
let him chart the course.”
In other Razorback news, Winchell Thoroughbreds and WinStar Farm’s
Brethren worked a half mile in 51 2/5 Thursday in advance of his start.
Coming off a fifth in the $100,000 Louisiana Handicap, the 5-year-old
Distorted Humor horse picks up the services of Hall of Fame jockey Mike
Smith, who is traveling to Hot Springs from Southern California to also
ride Flashy Gray in the Honeybee Stakes (G3).