04.22.2016

Giant Gizmo's Brooklynsway Takes Graded Stake at Keeneland

On April 22 trainer Bernie Flint and long-time owner Dr. Naveed Chowhan paired to upset the......

On April 22 trainer Bernie Flint and long-time owner Dr. Naveed Chowhan paired to upset the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland when Brooklynsway held sway over favorite I'm a Chatterbox, who could not get by the determined winner in the stretch.

"When she gave them that spurt at the end I thought, 'My God all of that training did pay off,'" Flint said. Flint picked out Brooklynsway at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale last fall where Chowan went to $180,000 to land the daughter of Giant Gizmo.

Brooklynsway had won three stakes at Woodbine and placed in four others—earning more than $500,000—while racing for owner-trainer John Ross. She was a Sovereign Award finalist in each of the past two seasons.

"I have to give (Brooklynsway) all of the credit, she's a wonderful mare," Flint said, adding that she'll start next in a stakes at Churchill Downs. She's a really, really nice mare. They don't come around that often who run that hard in their 2- and 3-year-old seasons and then come over here in the spring and run like that. She's special, she really is."

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In Friday's race Brooklynsway and jockey Robby Albarado tracked early leader White Clover through a half-mile in :47.61 and six furlongs in 1:11.35. As 1-2 favorite I'm a Chatterbox looked for racing room between horses, Brooklynsway opened a two-length advantage in the stretch and had plenty late.

Brooklynsway completed the 1 1/16-mile race in 1:42.86 and scored by 1 1/4 lengths over grade I winner I'm a Chatterbox, who was making her 4-year-old season debut and first start since an off-the-board finish in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) Oct. 30 at Keeneland. Ahh Chocolate rallied from sixth early to finish third.

"Bernie gave me one instruction, and it was very instrumental. (He said) 'you gotta get away running.' Circumstances dictated that, being in the one hole, that I get her away running into the first turn," Albarado said. "I'd ridden her before (in the overnight Esplanade Stakes at Fair Grounds on March 18), and she got tired. I thought she might have needed the race. Bernie did an exceptional job of getting her here today, and she ran extremely well."

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com

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04.22.2016

$720,000 Ghostzapper Filly at OBS April 2YO Sale

With Donato Lanni signing the ticket, a Ghostzapper filly was acquired by Susan Chu’s Tanma......

With Donato Lanni signing the ticket, a Ghostzapper filly was acquired by Susan Chu’s Tanma Corporation for $720,000 at the final session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training April 22.

Produced from the stakes-winning Freud mare Mighty Eros, the Florida-bred filly was one of the juveniles to breeze a quarter of a mile in the co-fastest time of :20 2/5 during the under tack workouts.

Watch the Ghostzapper filly's breeze

"She’s obviously a nice filly who worked great," Lanni said. "She has very good flesh. She did everything right."
Lanni said he would like to have gotten the filly for less, but noted "the nice ones are bringing good prices."

She will be trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert.

The filly continues a string of 2016 commercial successes for Ghostzapper, who's one of only two sires with 15 or more stakes winners four straight years. He was the leading covering sire at the Keenelenad January sale and his juveniles have also sold for $400,000, $360,000, etc. this year.

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