Cyberknife a Triple Crown Nominee is Racing in the Arkansas Derby

by | Mar 17, 2022 | CyberKnife News

Just for fun we couldn’t pass up posting this story that’s getting a lot of media attention around the world. It turns out famous horse trainer, owner and racer, Brad Cox is entering his horse Cyberknife in the Arkansas Derby. So you know who all of us at CyberKnife Miami are betting on that day. We’re just wondering if Mr. Cox knows how great CyberKnife technology is and that’s why he named his horse Cyberknife. Afterall CyberKnife treatment is faster and better than its competition.

We’ve reached out to Brad Cox for an interview and are hoping to get a call back. We’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime here’s the story that’s getting media attention around the world about Cyberknife the race horse:

HEADLINE: Cox Pointing Cyberknife Toward the Arkansas Derby

Triple Crown nominee Cyberknife is being pointed for the $1.25 million Arkansas Derby (G2) April 2 at Oaklawn, trainer Brad Cox said Sunday afternoon.

The 1 1/8-mile Arkansas Derby will mark a return to stakes company for the Fair Grounds-based Cyberknife, who is from the first crop of 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner and races for Gold Square LLC (Al Gold).

After finishing sixth in the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (G3) Jan. 22, Cyberknife rebounded with a sharp three-length allowance victory Feb. 19 in his last start, earning a preliminary Beyer Speed Figure of 87. Both races were 1 1/16 miles.

“He’s a tough horse to deal with, he always has been,” Cox said. “He’s gotten better. He appears to be improving. I thought his last race was a step forward. Got a really good figure the last race. I think it’s going to stack up and probably be one of the better ones in the Arkansas Derby and if he runs that race, I think he’s a player.”

Cyberknife has a 2-2-0 record from five starts and earnings of $110,000. He was disqualified from a Sept. 25 career debut victory at Churchill Downs for shifting in and bumping a rival in the upper stretch, finished second in his next start – a Nov. 5 sprint at Churchill Downs – after drifting and lugging in during the stretch run and broke his maiden by a half-length Dec. 26 at Fair Grounds in his two-turn debut.

“He’s probably going to continue to work down there, but we’ve pretty much zeroed in on the Arkansas Derby,” Cox said.

Cyberknife, a $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearling Sale purchase, likely would need a top two finish in the Arkansas Derby to secure a spot in the Kentucky Derby, which is limited to 20 starters. 

Cyberknife has no qualifying points. The Arkansas Derby will offer 170 points (100-40-20-10) to its top four finishers toward starting eligibility for the Kentucky Derby.

Pointing Cyberknife to the Arkansas Derby means Cox can keep his other top Kentucky Derby prospect, unbeaten Zozos, home for the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) at 1 3/16 miles March. 26 at Fair Grounds. Zozos (2 for 2) was a 10 ¼-length entry-level allowance winner at 1 1/16 miles Feb. 11 at Oaklawn in his last start.


Oaklawn Press Release

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