05.21.2019

$400,000 Ghostzapper 2YO Filly Topper at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale

A filly by Ghostzapper will be joining the Tom Amoss barn after bloodstock agent Lauren Carlisle......

A filly by Ghostzapper will be joining the Tom Amoss barn after bloodstock agent Lauren Carlisle went to $400,000 to secure hip 205 on behalf of owner Temple Webber.

“She is beautiful,” Carlisle said after signing the ticket on the youngster. “I loved her top line and her breeze was very impressive. She had a great shoulder and hip to match, so all the angles were there.”

The dark bay is out of stakes winner I’m Mom’s Favorite (Indian Charlie) and her third dam is multiple Grade I winner Tout Charmant (Slewvescent). She worked a furlong during last week’s under-tack show in :10 2/5.

“That was my last bid,” Carlisle admitted. “I was lucky to get her, but we stretched.”

That was a refrain Carlisle has found common all season long at the juvenile sales. “It’s hard to buy the ones you want,” she said. “Everybody is on the same ones, so you’ve got to pray when you go to bid that you’re going to be able to get what you want. The good ones sell.”

The dark bay filly was consigned to the Timonium sale by Pelican State Thoroughbreds.

“She is just beautiful,” Pelican State Thoroughbreds’ Terry Gabriel said. “Just about everybody in the place was interested in her.”

Gabriel purchased the filly on behalf of David Fennelly’s Mountmellick Farm for $185,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October sale.

“We just thought she had a lot of potential in front of her,” Gabriel explained. “She was sort of a late foal [Apr. 28]. She was a big, gawky-looking filly that wasn’t really put together back in October. We hoped that she would arrive here today looking like she did and she did. You’ll read about her again. She is special.”

An Irish native, Fennelly worked as a groom at Spendthrift when he first came to the U.S. and he is now building his own commercial broodmare band at his 600-acre Mountmellick Farm in Georgetown.

Of Fennelly’s pinhooking venture, Gabriel explained, “He basically does that because of me. Anything that I sort of want to do, he’ll let me do. It’s been enjoyable for us.”

The filly’s final price tag was a career mark for Gabriel. “It was right up there,” he said. “I can’t recall the numbers at this point, but it’s at least as strong as I’ve ever sold one for. I don’t do that many pinhooks--I have just two today. But I was so excited. I just loved her. It was easy for me to promote her because I could stand in front of her and tell people you can send her to the track tomorrow and she is going to be that for you, day in and day out. She has it all in front of her.”

One day earlier Ghostzapper was represented by his 68th blacktype winner (11%/starters) when his 3-year-old son Visitant captured the $75,000 Alcatraz Stakes.

-edited from www.thoroughbreddailynews.com

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05.19.2019

Ghostzapper's Visitant Breaks Out with Alcatraz Stakes Score

Northern California trainer John Martin picked up a stakes victory at the winter/spring meet at......

Northern California trainer John Martin picked up a stakes victory at the winter/spring meet at Golden Gate Fields with Visitant in the $75,000 Alcatraz Stakes for 3-year-olds on Sunday. The race, originally scheduled for turf, was moved off the grass due to wet weather earlier in the week. 7 runners competed in the mile contest on Tapeta.

Visitant earned his first stakes win with the Alcatraz victory and has now won 3 of 4 lifetime starts, with career earnings of $101,600. The son of Ghostzapper races in the colors of his breeder Williams Racing LLC.

Visitant, last seen running second in the California Derby, stalked the pace before challenging the leaders in upper stretch and surging past One Bad Boy, who went off as the 4/5 favorite. Visitant won the race by a length and a quarter and was ridden to victory by local pilot William Antongeorgi III.

One Bad Boy, coming off a sharp maiden win at Santa Anita, dueled up front with third place finisher Kingly and took the lead in upper stretch, only to be collared in the final sixteenth of a mile by Visitant. 2019 Kentucky Derby winning jockey Flavien Prat rode the 3-year-old ridgling for Southern California trainer Richard Baltas.

Kingly, who won the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate last month for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, retained the services of Southern California jockey Mario Gutierrez. The royally bred sibling to Breeders Cup champion New Year’s Day and multiple Grade 2 winner Mohaymen set the pace with One Bad Boy before fading to third.

Rey Coliman, a son of Fort Larned, finished fourth, followed by The Creep, Loud Mouth and Nizamdcarchy. Visitant completed the one-mile in 1:36.73 and went off as the 5-1 third choice in the wagering.

Visitant is out of the graded stakes placed mare Peppermint Lounge, a daughter of Distorted Humor. Ghostzapper now has four stakes winners from just 12 starters out of mares by that stallion. Among the others is Grade 1 winner Molly Morgan.

The following afternoon in Maryland a Ghostzapper filly was purchased for $400,000, the highest priced paid for a filly at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Old in Training sale.

-edited from www.goldengatefields.com


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