Jackie’s Warrior in a pre-Breeders’ Cup work at Keeneland in October 31. Coady Photography
Spendthrift Press Release
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Jackie’s Warrior, the five-time Grade One winner & reigning Champion Sprinter, and Cyberknife, the multiple Grade One-winning three-year-old by Gun Runner, are both at Spendthrift Farm and available for inspection to breeders Nov. 9-15 from 1:30-3:00pm daily.
Both set to stand new at stud in 2023, Jackie’s Warrior has been retired from racing and has taken up residency at the Lexington-based farm, while Cyberknife will return to training with Brad Cox after Nov. 15 to finish out the season.
“Jackie’s Warrior has settled in nicely at the farm and is such an impressive specimen, especially for a horse coming off a pretty hard campaign. It’s special to be able to add another great champion to our stallion ranks and we’re excited to be able to show him off to breeders,” said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift general manager. “Cyberknife ran great to finish a head behind older horse Cody’s Wish in the Dirt Mile, and he came to the farm looking well and with good energy. He is set to run again before retiring, however, it was important for us to be able to show him to breeders over the course of the next week before he goes back to Brad Cox.”
Jackie’s Warrior will stand his first season for a fee of $50,000 S&N. The supremely talented son of Maclean’s Music retires as the first Champion Sprinter in 34 years to win five Grade Ones. Earlier this year, he became the only horse in the storied history of Saratoga to win a Grade One stakes in three consecutive years when he captured the Vanderbilt (G1) in dominant fashion.
Trained by Steve Asmussen, Jackie’s Warrior also became the first two-year-old since champion Dehere in 1993 to win all three of New York’s premier races for juveniles, including the Hopeful (G1) – breaking a 28-year-old stakes record – and Saratoga Special (G2) at Saratoga followed by the Champagne (G1) at Belmont. At three, he outdueled multiple Grade One winner Life Is Good to win the Allen Jerkens (G1), along with knocking down fast victories in the Amsterdam (G2) and Gallant Bob (G2), on his way to winning the 2021 Eclipse Award for Male Sprinter. This year, Jackie’s Warrior won the Churchill Downs S. (G1), True North (G2) and Count Fleet (G3) on top of his Vanderbilt score.
Jackie’s Warrior won 12 of 18 starts and earned $2,959,164 for owners Kirk and Judy Robison.
Cyberknife takes a quick break at Spendthrift fresh off a narrow runner-up performance to Cody’s Wish in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) at Keeneland. The talented son of Gun Runner became his sire’s first multiple Grade One-winning colt after winning two of the biggest races for three-year-olds in 2022 – the Arkansas Derby (G1) and Haskell Invitational (G1). In the latter, he out-finished multiple Grade One winners Taiba and Jack Christopher in track-record time of 1:46.24, breaking a 37-year-old mark for 1 1/8 miles previously held by Spend a Buck.
Cyberknife also won the Matt Winn (G3) this summer and was runner-up in the prestigious Travers (G1). He’s the most accomplished son of Gun Runner to date, with earnings of $2,087,520 for Al Gold’s Gold Square LLC.
Upon retirement, Cyberknife will stand his debut season in 2023 for a fee of $30,000 S&N.
For more information about Jackie’s Warrior or Cyberknife, please contact Des, Mark, or Brian at 859-294-0030.