06.15.2019

Milwaukee Brew's Kingsport Captures Steady Growth S. for 10th Stakes Win

Reunited with his regular reinsman Patrick Husbands, fan favorite Kingsport hauled down the top......

Reunited with his regular reinsman Patrick Husbands, fan favorite Kingsport hauled down the top trio to kick off his seven-year-old campaign with a victory in the $100,000 Steady Growth Stakes on Saturday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack.

It was the 10th stakes victory for the son of Adena Springs North's two-time champion sire Milwaukee Brew, who has now earned $740,963.



The 1-1/16-mile Steady Growth set up perfectly for the Sid Attard trainee Kingsport with a three-horse speed duel up front between Nipigon, Thor’s Rocket and Cooler Mike.

“He left there sharp,” said Husbands. “He relaxed going in the first turn and I was just smiling seeing three of them going head-to-head, you know, and I got a perfect trip. When I reached about the three-eighths pole, I said, ‘Let’s go, boy!’ and he just jumped on the bridle and it was just a matter of time.”

Kingsport gapped the leading trio in fourth-place throughout fractions of :24.77, :48.23 and 1:11.75. However, the 4-5 favorite came charging down the stretch to get up in time for the victory in 1:43.35.

“I was a little worried, but when he made the run, I said he’s going to get there,” said Attard.

Cooler Mike, a son of Giant Gizmo who placed in both the Queen's Plate and Prince of Wales last season, had pulled ahead of his fellow front-running foes with a furlong to go in the Ontario Sired Stakes and finished second by just a neck. Thor’s Rocket edged out Nipigon 2-3/4 lengths behind while Argentium completed the order of finish.

-edited from www.woodbine.com

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06.13.2019

Ghostzapper Fillies Are Two of Top Three Sellers at OBS June

Largely confined to the sales pavilion and the back walking ring in an attempt to escape......

John Connelly’s Stetson Racing, which enjoyed recent graded stakes success with GII Black-Eyed Susan S. winner Point of Honor, added another filly to the stable with the $600,000 purchase of a filly by Ghostzapper (Hip 914) Friday in Ocala. Bloodstock agent Donato Lanni, bidding from the back of the pavilion, saw off a determined Susan Montanye, who was doing her bidding on behalf of Twin Creeks Racing a few rows away while on the phone, to acquire the filly. 

The purchase capped an incredible six days for Ghostzapper, sire of the sensational, unbeaten Acorn S. (G1) heroine Guarana and the OBS Sale's early topper, a $445,000 filly sold on Thursday.

The filly was consigned by Gayle Woods on behalf of Eric Delvalle, who purchased the youngster for $67,000 at last year’s Keeneland September sale. Out of Tizahit (Tiznow), the filly is a half to Come Dancing (Malibu Moon), who was second in last week’s GI Ogden Phipps S. She worked the co-bullet three-furlong time of :32 3/5 during last week’s under-tack preview.

Woods was visibly emotional while receiving congratulations after the transaction. “I’ve had a really bad year,” she said. “I haven’t sold anything well. So this was huge. This was a really good way to finish the season. She is a beautiful filly. She has so much class. I thought she’d make $400,000 or $500,000, maybe six if the right people got into it. And it happened.”

Of the filly’s appeal last fall, Delvalle said, “When I saw her, she looked very attractive and with good conformation. Come Dancing had won a stakes at Saratoga when I bought this one, but it wasn’t in the catalogue when I bought her. And then Come Dancing started to run better and better and better. So you need luck, of course.” Delvalle added,

“And I have to thank Gayle Woods. She did a tremendous job with her. This filly was born May 6, so Gayle decided to go to this sale instead of April. And she made the right decision.”

 Lanni admitted the juvenile was an obvious choice. “She obviously has a great pedigree and I think she came out here and worked a good three-eighths,” he said. “It was her first sale and I liked that they gave her the time to get here."

Topping Thursday's session and taking the lead as the most expensive horses of the sale to date was Hip 653, a $445,000 Ghostzapper filly purchased by Backstretch Farms from the consignment of de Meric Sales, agent. 

Bred in Kentucky by Meadowview, the filly is out of the Carson City mare Palanka City, winner of the Adena Stallions' Miss Preakness Stakes (G3) who earned just shy of $400,000 and won 11 races. The dam is a full sister to Quick Action, a stakes winner who also placed second in the Lafayette Stakes (G3). 

The de Merics purchased the filly for $190,000 as a yearling from Denali Stud's consignment to the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. 

"We were thrilled with the price," said Tristan de Meric, who had originally consigned the filly to The Gulfstream Sale, Fasig-Tipton's select sale of 2-year-olds in training. Withdrawn from that auction, the filly was pointed toward the June sale in the hopes that more time would allow her ample opportunity to blossom.

"We knew she was a top filly," said de Meric. "That's why we took her down to Miami in the first place. She just missed the boat down there. We always believed in her, and I'm glad we gave her another chance here and I'm glad they found her here. She's a very special filly, and we wish the best of luck to David (Davila) and we are thankful to everybody who was involved." 

The filly was one of 11 juveniles to work a bullet eighth-mile in :09 4/5 during the five-day under tack show, where she impressed Davila, an Ocala, Fla., native and attorney who owns and operates Backstretch Farms. 

"She's the perfect specimen for a filly—balanced all over," Davila said. "(The price) was a little bit higher than we wanted to go. This is close (to our highest-priced purchase). She just looks very balanced and very fast." 

Davila said the plan will be to ship the filly to Saratoga Race Course to the barn of Jorge Abreu. 

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com

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