Cyber Secret - The most underrated horse in America

Cyber Secret - The most underrated horse in America
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Question: Who is currently the most underrated horse in all of America? For your consideration, I humbly submit the name, Cyber Secret

Cyber Secret is a multiple graded stakes winner, who less than eight months ago, despite very little fanfare, looked to be on the fast track to becoming one of the top older males in the nation. Unfortunately, he saw his rising star derailed soon after, by injury. After exactly half-a-year away from the races, the bay colt that romped home in the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap, in a field that included Fort Larned, is now back running, and looking very much like the colt we saw this spring.

After running a good second in a high-priced optional claimer on the turf at Churchill Downs in his return to the races, Cyber Secret returned to the winner’s circle yesterday in impressive style. Sent off as the 2-1 choice in the $50,000 Prairie Bayou Stakes at Turfway Park, the Lynn Whiting trained bay ran away from a full field of 12 to win by 4 ½ lengths over long shot, Stormy Going. Making the performance all the more noteworthy, was the final time. His final time for the 1 1/16 miles over the Northern Kentucky oval’s Polytrack was 1:42.26, breaking the previous track record of 1:42.52, which had stood since 2006.

Rider, Israel Ocampo came away impressed with his winning mount that was making only his second start on a synthetic surface. 

“I had a perfect position, and when I turned for home I had plenty of horse left. I knew I could put him anywhere I wanted,” said Ocampo. “He handled the Polytrack really good. I worked him when he was a 2-year-old and he was pretty green. He’s getting more mature, relaxing more. I also worked him before he won the Oaklawn Handicap, and he’s even better today than he was then. I want to thank Mr. Cella (owner Charles Cella) and Mr. Whiting for giving me the opportunity to ride that kind of horse.”

If Ocampo is right, and he really is doing better than he was before the Oaklawn Handicap, that could spell trouble for his competition next year. Keep in mind that the son of Broken Vow, out of the Dixieland Band mare Stomping, not only won his fourth in a row when winning the Oaklawn Handicap, but it also earned a 109 Beyer. 

Yesterday’s track record breaking performance raised his lifetime mark to seven wins in 17 starts, with earnings just a shade below the $600,000 mark.

As for what’s to come in 2014, it should come as no surprise that Cyber Secret will now head to the same track in which he dominated last year. Well, that and the fact that he’s owned by Oaklawn President, Charles J. Cella. I’m sure the Hot Springs locals will be happy to welcome back the horse that went four-for-four there in 2013. 

According to Whiting, Oaklawn’s Fifth Season Stakes on January 11 will likely kick off what could be a very big season for the then five-year-old. He is, after all, the one I call the most underrated horse in America. 


Meet Brian Zipse

Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, American Pharoah and Justify. Before coming to HRN, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. His racing partnership venture, Derby Day Racing, invites more fans to experience the thrill of racehorse ownership.

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, created the popular racing webcast HorseCenter, and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as hosting HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves on the Board of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars and is a Vox Populi committee member. He is a voter for racing's Hall of Fame, as well as a weekly NTRA poll voter. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.

 
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