07.15.2018

Ontario Matron (G3) is 5th Graded Score for Gamble's Ghost

With a well-timed stretch run, favorite Gamble’s Ghost powered up on the far outside to prevail by......

With a well-timed stretch run, favorite Gamble’s Ghost powered up on the far outside to prevail by a neck in the $125,000 Ontario Matron Stakes (G3) featured on the mid-July Sunday program at Woodbine Racetrack.

Jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva worked out the winning trip aboard Gamble’s Ghost for trainer Josie Carroll and owner/breeder Ivan Dalos, who also won last year’s edition of the 1-1/16 mile stakes race for fillies and mares with Ami’s Mesa.

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Gamble’s Ghost settled off the pace second-to-last early on while the Mark Casse-trained trio of My Arch Enemy, Malibu Bonnie and Let It Ride Mom raced on top through panels of :24.65, :50.21 and 1:14.85. Still eighth turning for home, Gamble’s Ghost kicked into action down the stretch and defeated the Casse crew at the wire in 1:44.88.

“When we were in the paddock, Josie told me just let her run her race. She was very, very relaxed all the way,” said Da Silva, who opted to save ground on the final turn with confidence that the mare’s patent late kick would land her the winner’s circle. “I know she’s going to run in the end and she ran beautiful. When she turned home, all she wanted to do was catch all the horses.”

“I had a little concern because it was an awful nice horse that was on the lead and it looked like she was going to win it,” said Carroll. “This mare, when she sees a horse in front of her, she’s going to catch it. That’s what I said to Eurico, ‘Don’t try to change her style. I know they’re probably going to back the pace up, but you can’t change her.’ She likes to make that one run.”

Gamble’s Ghost was sent postward as the 2-1 bettors’ choice following her Grade 3 Trillium Stakes score last time out on June 17 and paid $6.50, $3.10 and $2.50.

The five-year-old Ghostzapper-Gambling Girl mare earned her fifth Grade 3 stakes victory and ninth win overall from 19 starts to boost her bankroll over the $700,000 mark.

“I think she’s just getting better and better, which is unusual as a mare gets older, but she just loves to run. She loves to chase horses,” said Carroll.

The mare’s win marked the third time Carroll has won the Ontario Matron. 

Ghostzapper is the sire of nine 2018 stakes winners and three other Graded winners - Sunland Derby (G3) hero Runaway Ghost and the Grade 2 winners Proctor's Ledge and Holy Helena.

- edited from www.woodbineentertainment.com, photo by Michael Burns

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07.08.2018

Milwaukee Brew's Kingsport Rules in Shepperton S.

Kingsport took down his sixth career stakes score while putting an end to the win streak of......

Kingsport took down his sixth career stakes score while putting an end to the win streak of Canada’s Horse of the Year, Pink Lloyd, with a rallying performance in Sunday’s $100,000 Shepperton Stakes, at Woodbine.

Trained by Sid Attard for Goldmart Farms and Royal Laser Racing Inc., the six-year-old son of Milwaukee Brew was taking his second Shepperton Stakes, a 6 ½-furlong Tapeta sprint for older horses, having previously won the 2016 edition.

Pink Lloyd, bet down to 1/9, brought an 11-race win streak to the Shepperton and was quick out of the gate under Eurico Rosa da Silva to battle through splits of :22.43, :44.86 and 1:09.27 with speedy Boreal Spirit. Pink Lloyd put away Boreal Spirit down the lane but Kingsport, last of five at the half-mile call under Patrick Husbands, made up 6 ½-lengths from the top of the stretch to win by 1 ½-lengths. Jacks Escarpment headed Pink Lloyd at the wire for place. Kingsport stopped the clock in 1:15.61.

 

Kingsport turned back from a pair of fourth-place runs in route races to secure his first win of 2018.

“Actually, this was the first year that he got a chance to train early in the spring,” Husbands said. “He never ran a jump in his last race, so Sid decided to cut him back. My game plan was that there was going to be speed up front, and give him one run. He gave me 110 (percent) today.”
Attard, who is just two wins shy of 2000 for his career, praised Kingsport’s versatility.

“He can do whatever you want. It just depends on how the race goes,” said the veteran conditioner. “When I saw him so far back, I wasn’t nervous. I knew he was going to come (with a run). I didn’t know if he was going to get there like he did, but Patrick really gave him a good ride. We’ve had a lot of good luck. He’s won a lot of big races for us.”

Kingsport, bred in Ontario by Richard Moylan, banked $60,000 in victory while improving his record to 8-7-3 from 26 career starts. His career bankroll now stands at $553,796.

-edited from www.woodbineentertainment.com

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