Adena-Bred Gloryzapper Gutsy Winner of L. A. Woman S. (G3) at Santa Anita
Herbert Bloodstock, Richard Leggio, and Peter Peluso's Gloryzapper earned her first graded win......
Herbert Bloodstock, Richard Leggio, and Peter Peluso's Gloryzapper earned her first graded win Oct. 9 with a game effort in the $100,000 L.A. Woman Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park.
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The 4-year-old Ghostzapper filly dueled with Perfect Pic early and dug in under jockey Stewart Elliott to hold off an inside closing drive by Wild At Heart to win by a half-length.
Gloryzapper finished off the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.75. She now has a 3-3-0 record from seven starts with $165,045 in earnings. The filly was bred in Kentucky by Adena Springs out of the Distorted Humor mare Grand Glory, and was purchased by L.A. Thoroughbreds for $15,000 out of the 2013 Keeneland September yearling sale. She is Ghostzapper's fourth graded winner out of a granddaughter of Forty Niner.
Trained by Phil D'Amato, Gloryzapper dueled on the outside, head and head with Perfect Pic, to set fractions of :22.13 and :45.10 through a half-mile, and held a head lead over that rival with a furlong to go.
"I love her in this scenario. When she has her head in front of the rest of the opposition, she loves the fight," D'Amato said. "She loves to hold them off. Passing horses, she's just OK, but she loves to be in the mix and fight them off."
Wild At Heart, a Richard Mandella-trained daughter of Indian Charlie ridden by Mike Smith, rallied on the rail after racing fifth early on but could not get past the winner.
Perfect Pic held for third, a head in front of even-money favoriteLuminance. Juno, Harlington's Rose, Doodetta, and Indriya completed the order of finish.
"We'll see what's next," D'Amato said. "Maybe the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), but we'll see. We'll see how she comes out of it."
"With the way she ran today—she got tested and she fought to win, so I could see the Breeders' Cup as a possibility," Elliott added.
-edited from www.bloodhorse.com
Champion Hunters Bay to Adena Springs North
Stronach Stables’ Sovereign Award champion Hunters Bay will stand his first season at Adena......
Stronach Stables’ Sovereign Award champion Hunters Bay will stand his first season at Adena Springs North in 2017.
The son of Ghostzapper was a multiple graded winner of over $600,000 and his runner-up effort to Wise Dan in the 2012 Woodbine Mile (G1) helped secure honors as Champion Older Male in Canada.
Prior to his Grade 1 effort on the grass, Hunters Bay reeled off a pair of impressive graded wins over Woodbine's all-weather course. He rolled by three lengths in the Eclipse Stakes (G3) and was similarly impressive in his Dominion Day score over fellow champion Pender Harbour and Grade 1 winner Stately Victor.
Hunters Bay has proven popular with breeders in his first three seasons at stud and his first yearlings have sold for up to 10 times their stud fee.
A stud fee will be announced in the coming weeks.