04.26.2019

$600,000 Ghostzapper Colt at OBS April Sale

Consignor Julie Davies was all smiles in the Ocala Breeders' Sales pavilion April 25 when Donato......

Consignor Julie Davies was all smiles in the Ocala Breeders' Sales pavilion April 25 when Donato Lanni, working as agent for Stetson Racing, went to $600,000 for her Ghostzapper colt consigned as Hip 789 to the OBS Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training.

"You go in hoping this could happen," Davies said. "I knew he could possibly bring that money, but did I expect it to go that high? No, I didn't. It's amazing."

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bred in Kentucky by Brent Douglas Wilson and Douglas Wilson, the colt was produced by Underwater, a French group 2 stakes-placed daughter of Theatrical. The mare has already produced group 3-placed Investissement and stakes-placed No Joy and is also the granddam of group 3 winner Soleil Marin. 


Purchased by Brian Graves on behalf of Clear Ridge Stables for $110,000 from St George Sales as a short yearling at the 2018 Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, the colt first caught the eye of Davies at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. 

Although she did not bid on the striking bay, the colt was eventually bought back on a final bid of $80,000. 

"He RNA'd, and I approached them and asked if I could train him," Davies said. "I had shortlisted him— that's how I saw him. I just really liked the horse when I saw him, so I said, 'Well, there's no harm in asking.' They let me buy a leg." 

During the breeze show, the colt worked an impressive eighth-mile in :09 4/5. "He's never done anything wrong," Davies said. "He's been an absolute perfect horse to train."

Earlier in the sale agent Andrew Cary purchased a Ghostzapper filly for $380,000 on behalf of Coteau Farm LLC. The filly breezed in :10.1 and was offered by Best of Luck Farm LLC.

-edited from www.bloodhorsedaily.com, Tibor photo 

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04.12.2019

Future Adena Springs Stallion Delta Prince Crowned a Grade 1 Winner & Millionaire at Keeneland

Stronach Stable's homebred Delta Prince, last at the head of the stretch, roared past longshot......

Stronach Stable's homebred Delta Prince, last at the head of the stretch, roared past longshot Clyde's Image in deep stretch to win the 31st running of the $300,000 Maker's 46 Mile (G1) for 4-year-olds and up by 1½ lengths before a Friday afternoon crowd of 14,675 at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.

Defending Maker's 46 Mile champion Heart to Heart and Great Wide Open (IRE) swapped the lead through fractions of :24.25, :47.79 and 1:11.98 while Delta Prince lagged at the back of the field under Javier Castellano.

At the top of the stretch, Qurbaan made the first run at the leaders, coming three wide, and was soon joined by Clyde's Image to his outside. Those two hooked up at the sixteenth pole, but rallying fastest of all on the far outside was Delta Prince, who drew off at the wire.



Trained by James Jerkens, the royally-bred Delta Prince covered the mile on a turf course rated as good in 1:35.97. It is the second victory in the race for Jerkens, who won in 2005 with eventual Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) champ Artie Schiller.

The red-hot Castellano, who won his fifth graded stakes (and second Grade 1 race) of the meet, has four wins in the race. 
 
"I tried to take my time with the horse and let the race develop—horses were going quickly," Castellano told Keeneland media. "Then I liked the way he finished. He finished really, really well."
 
Albin Jimenez, rider of runner-up Clyde's Image, also spoke highly of the winner. "(Clyde's Image) gave me everything he's got. He lugged a bit, but it didn't matter. (Delta Prince) is a super horse. We were second-best."

A future Adena Springs Kentucky stallion, Delta Prince is a 6-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Street Cry (IRE) out of the A.P. Indy mare Delta Princess. He is a half-brother to champion Royal Delta and to Crown Queen, winner of Keeneland's 2014 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1). Delta Prince's Maker's 46 Mile victory was worth $180,000 and increased his earnings to $1,173,819 with a record of 13-5-3-4.

- edited from www.paulickreport.com


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