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DRF Breeding Standout: King Cyrus dominant in Saratoga debut
By Joe Nevills
King Cyrus was much the best in his debut effort, powering down the final eighth of a mile of the Saratoga Race Course stretch on Monday to best a maiden special weight field by 11 lengths.
The bay son of Bellamy Road completed the seven-furlong race in 1:24.68 over a fast main track under the urging of jockey Javier Castellano. King Cyrus, who is owned by WinStar Farm and trained by Todd Pletcher, earned $48,000 for his debut victory.
Bred in Kentucky by Robert Muir, Des Scott and Sam Klein, King Cyrus was purchased by WinStar President and CEO Elliot Walden’s Maverick Racing for $70,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale.
Further bolstering the colt’s ties to the owner, sire Bellamy Road, an 11-year-old son of Concerto, stands at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky. for an advertised fee of $20,000.
King Cyrus is the first foal out of the Empire Maker mare Queen of Empire, who produced a Drosselmeyer colt in 2013 and was bred to champion Lookin at Lucky for next year’s foaling season.
King Cyrus’ third dam is 1993 Kentucky Oaks winner Dispute, who is a full sister to Grade 1 winner Adjudicating and a half-sister to Grade 1 winner and sire Time for a Change. Other notable family members include Irish Group 3 winner Maoineach and Grade 2-placed stakes winner Tiz Now Tiz Then.
Elliot Walden's 'WinStar' racing stable underscored their horsemanship with the purchase of 'King Cyrus'. Wishing this Colt and his connections the very BEST. Jersey Skip