07.16.2017

Adena Bred King's Ghost Latest Ghostzapper Stakes Winner

Miller Racing’s King’s Ghost took the long way around the Gulfstream Park turf course Saturday but......

Miller Racing’s King’s Ghost (pictured inside) took the long way around the Gulfstream Park turf course Saturday but still managed to come away with a win by the slightest of noses in the Treasure Coast Handicap.

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Trained by Marty Wolfson, the 5-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper rallied from last in a field of 10 fillies and mares in the mile turf handicap to prevail over Quebec by a nose. She ran a mile over a firm turf in 1:36.13.

After getting pinched back to trail the field into the backstretch, King’s Ghost was forced to race four wide while advancing on the leaders under Jorge Ruiz. Cowgirl Tough, a 50-1 outsider ridden by Ramsey Zimmerman, showed the way into the stretch, as King’s Ghost swung five wide coming off the final turn. Joined to his outside by Quebec, who made an impressive rush to grab a narrow lead in deep stretch, King’s Ghost fought back to capture her second straight race at Gulfstream.

“I had some trouble early and had to race really wide, but I waited to ask her and when I did, she really gave me a good kick,” Ruiz said through an interpreter.

King's Ghost was bred in Kentucky by Adena Springs and sold by the farm at the 2013 Keeneland September Yearling sale. She is Ghostzapper's 56th Northern Hemisphere blackytpe from 487 starters (11%) and his 8th blacktype winner of 2017.

Adena Springs has now bred 217 stakes winners who have conquered 512 stakes races.

-edited from www.gulfstreampark.com, photo by Leslie Martin


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07.09.2017

Another Saturday, Another Ghostzapper Graded Stakes Winner

Seven-year-old Ghost Hunter scored the 18th victory of his 46-race career in Saturday's Grade 3......

Seven-year-old Ghost Hunter scored the 18th victory of his 46-race career in Saturday's Grade 3 Arlington Handicap at Arlington Park, getting a ground-saving ride from Edwin Gonzalez and edging long shot Oak Brook at the wire by three-quarters of a length. Kasaqui, the Argentine-bred who won the 2016 Arlington Handicap and finished a close second in the G1 Arlington Million, finished third.

Time for the 1 3/16 miles on firm turf was 1:55.86. Ghost Hunter is a gelding by Ghostzapper out of Hartfelt, by Kafwain. He was bred in Kentucky by Adena Springs and sold by the farm at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton July Yearling auction.

Ghost Hunter is Ghostzapper's 31st lifetime graded winner and his 6th of 2017. This year he's also been represented by multiple Grade 1 winner Paulasilverlining, Grade 1 winner Shaman Ghost, Faypien (G2), Iliad (G2) and McCraken (G3) as well as Queen's Plate heroine Holy Helena.

Owned by Triple K Stables and trained by Jamie Ness, Ghost Hunter saved ground throughout, sitting just behind Crewman, the long shot pacesetter who carved out fractions of :23.71, :48.61 1:14.43 and 1:38.86 for the opening mile.

Oak Brook, close up early, engaged the front runner to the outside turning into the stretch, with Gonzalez finding a narrow opening along the inside for Ghost Hunter. “I think my decision to go inside was the right one,” said Gonzalez. “I was trying to decide – if I went outside it would use too much – and then the door opened and I took it.”

Winner of the Presque Isle Mile Stakes in the middle of a six-race winning streak in 2016, Ghost Hunter was winning his first graded stakes in the Arlington Handicap. 

The Arlington Handicap serves as a prep for the historic Arlington Million on Aug. 12.

-edited from www.paulickreport.com, photo by Four Footed Fotos

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