Photo: Oaklawn Park
Charles J. Cella’s Cyber Secret has proven to be a horse for the
course, which is a good thing considering his owner is Oaklawn’s
President. The 4-year-old Broken Vow colt earned his third straight win
of the meet and his first career stakes with a hard-fought victory over
Golden Ron in Saturday’s $150,000 Razorback Handicap (G3).
Breaking from post position three under jockey Robby Albarado, Cyber
Secret encountered some brief traffic early, but then settled into a
stalking position as Golden Ron led the field through an opening half
mile in 47 4/5. The winner came three wide into the stretch and gamely
battled all the way to the wire, getting up in the final stride to win
by a head over the pacesetter in 1:44 4/5 for 1 1/16 miles over a fast
track. The hard-knocking Atigun had to settle for third.
Alternation, the defending Razorback champ and 2-1 favorite, finished fifth in his first race since last October.
the half mile pole he was in the clear and it was his race to win or
lose from that point,” said trainer Lynn Whiting. “He was able to grind
them down. It was a good win, but I’ve never had a bad one. I’d think
he’d deserve a chance in a race like the (Oaklawn Handicap (G2) April
The Razorback was the fifth win for Cyber Secret in 13
career starts and he has now earned $252,564. He returned $16.40, $9.80
and $5.60 at odds of 7-1.
Two races earlier, Jockey Calvin Borel
earned career victory #5,001 when he guided Rose to Gold to a gate to
wire victory in the $150,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies
with aspirations of making the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) May 3.
Rose to Gold was quick out of the gate and got the jump on 2-5 favorite
Flashy Gray, the expected pacesetter, and proceeded to set fractions
of 23 3/5 and 47 3/5 for the first half mile. At the top of the
stretch, the favorite made a brief bid at the leader, but Rose to Gold
confidently shook free and drew off to win by 2 ¾ lengths in a final
time of 1:45 for 1 1/16 miles. Dixie Belle Stakes winner American Sugar
came from the back of the pack to get third.
“We had planned on
sitting right off the pace, but she broke so sharp,” said Borel. “She
has a lot of wind. She took it to them. That other one (Flashy Gray) is a
nice filly. I had seen her races. Mike (Smith) tried to come to me at
the 3/8ths pole, but my filly pulled away. I knew we would be double
tough. She came home strong.”
Rose to Gold improved her record to
four wins from six starts and has now earned $477,889. Despite her
record and recent second in the Martha Washington Stakes, she was sent
off at odds of 5-1 and returned $12.60, $3.40 and $2.80.
earned the Friends Lake filly 50 points towards entry into the Kentucky
Oaks based on Churchill Downs’ criteria for making the field and brought
her overall total to 64 points. She had also earned 10 points for
winning the Delta Princess (G3) last November and four points for
finishing second in the Martha Washington. Although her original plan
was to also race in the $400,000 Fantasy (G3) April 10, trainer Sal
Santoro has indicated that he may take the filly back to their home base
at Calder Racecourse and train up to the Oaks.