Cyber Secret Sets Turfway Track Record in Prairie Bayou
FLORENCE, Ky. (Dec. 21, 2013) – Multiple graded stakes winner Cyber Secret lived up to his billing in the $50,000 Prairie Bayou Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday, setting a new track record for 1-1/16 miles despite losing his left front shoe. His final time over Turfway’s Polytrack was 1:42.26. The previous record had been 1:42.52, set by Miss Wellspring in 2006.
With Israel Ocampo aboard, the 4-year-old bay colt drew away easily to win by 4-1/2 lengths. The early pacesetter Stormy Going was second, 2-3/4 lengths better than Occasional View in third.
Cyber Secret had had only one previous start on an all-weather surface and was unplaced then, but winning trainer Lynn Whiting was confident he could handle the assignment.
“I brought him up here and breezed him on Monday, and he went 47 and change,” Whiting said. “Horses from his sire (Broken Vow) seem to do well on Polytrack.
Stormy Going set a quick pace, getting the first quarter in :23.78, the half in :47.01, and six furlongs in 1:11.01 before giving up the lead to Cyber Secret to his outside coming out of the final turn. Stormy Going stayed close to Cyber Secret until midway through the stretch but the outcome was never in doubt once the winner took the lead. Occasional View had raced three lengths behind the pace through half and came within a head of Stormy Going’s lead but couldn’t sustain the effort.
“The race set up perfect for me,” said Ocampo. “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. 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.”
Villandry was fourth, followed by Burn the Mortgage, Unstoppable U, Dreams Cut Short, Magical Moment, Pass the Crown, Present Course, Knights Nation, and Polaris.
Cyber Secret was the 2-1 favorite in the field of 12 and paid $6.60, $4.20, and $3.20.
Cyber Secret was bred in Kentucky by Paragon Farms LLC and is out of the Dixieland Band mare Stomping. He now has seven wins and two seconds in 17 starts for earnings of $594,593.
Whiting said the Prairie Bayou was intended to set Cyber Secret up for his next start, the Fifth Season Stakes at Oaklawn on Jan. 11.
Racing at Turfway continues Sunday at 1:10 p.m.