10.05.2019

Ghostzapper's Final Frontier Emerges as Breeders' Cup Contender In Belmont Turf Sprint Inv.

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Making his first start since finishing second to Shekky Shebaz in the Lucky Coin this summer at Saratoga Race Course, Godolphin homebred Final Frontier turned the tables on his rival to capture the fourth running of the $150,000 Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational on Saturday at Belmont Park.

The 4-year-old Ghostzapper colt boosted his career earnings to $240,010, picking up his second win of the year from four starts and first stakes win. He's a full brother to Godolphin's Grade 1 winner and Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint runner up Better Lucky.



 Breaking alertly from post 3 with Jose Lezcano aboard, Final Frontier stalked favorite Shekky Shebaz from third position as the favorite led the seven-horse field through swift fractions of 22.46 seconds for the opening quarter-mile with the half in 44.29 under pressure from Fully Vested.

At the quarter-pole, Final Frontier moved four-wide and quickly passed stablemate Fully Vested and engaged the leader at the sixteenth-pole before extending away from Shekky Shebaz to win by 1 ¾ lengths.

He completed the six-furlong distance in a final time of 1:07.39 over a firm Widener turf course.

 “He broke real good today,” said Lezcano. “He was right there. The two horses [Shekky Shebaz and Fully Vested] were going head to head, and I was sitting third outside of them. When I asked him, he gave me a really good race. He finished really well.”

Winning trainer Tom Albertrani said the Lucky Coin was a touch short for the improving Final Frontier last out.

“Five and a half [furlongs] is just a little too short because he [Final Frontier] has the stamina to go a little bit longer,” said Albertrani. “He showed that he can win at a mile in the past but since we shortened him up it's really made a different horse out of him. He's a much better sprinter.”

Albertrani said the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint in November at Santa Anita may be in the cards for Final Frontier depending on how he comes out of the race.

“It is a concern,” said Albertrani. “I thought about that, but it is the Breeders' Cup. Might have to take a shot in there.”

Final Frontier is Ghostzapper's 11th Northern Hemisphere blacktype winner of 2019 and his 74th lifetime (11% starters). He's the sire of double digit stakes winners in each of the past seven seasons.

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10.02.2019

Leading Canadian Sires Milwaukee Brew & Sligo Bay Retired

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Adena Springs has announced the retirement of Grade 1 winners Milwaukee Brew and Sligo Bay who had previously stood at Adena Springs North in Ontario, Canada. Both have been relocated to Kentucky.

Adena Springs' Ken Wilkins said a combination of the sires' ages—Milwaukee Brew is 22 and Sligo Bay is 21—and a shrinking mare population made their retirements necessary.

"It was a combination of age and demand, with the market in Canada shrinking like it is here. It didn't make sense to keep going with them. They both have done enough," Wilkins said.

Milwaukee Brew, a son of Wild Again, capped his achievements on the track with consecutive victories in the 2002 and 2003 Santa Anita Handicap (G1). He retired with an 8-4-5 record out of 24 starts and earned $2,879,612.



As a stallion, Milwaukee Brew was a 2-time Champion Sire in Canada. He has sired 24 black-type winners, which include three graded stakes winners and five champions. His top runners include Canadian champion 3-year-old filly Milwaukee Appeal, who won the Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser and was runner-up in the Canadian classic Prince of Wales Stakes; Canadian champion 3-year-old filly Ginger Brew, another Woodbine Oaks winner and runner-up in the 2008 Queen's Plate; and 2014 Prince of Wales winner and Panamanian champion Coltimus Prime , who is entering stud next year at Beau Valley Stable in Alberta. 

Sligo Bay, a son of Sadler's Wells, earned grade 1 status in the 2002 Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes (G1T). His performances in France, Ireland, and the U.S. produced a 4-6-2 record out of 17 starts and earnings of $484,695. 

As a stallion, Sligo Bay has sired 13 black-type winners, including six graded stakes winners and three champions. His best performer by far was four-time Canadian champion Lexie Lou, who swept the Queen's Plate, Woodbine Oaks, and Wonder Where Stakes and was runner-up to California Chrome  in the Hollywood Derby (G1T) on her way to capturing Canada's Horse of the Year, champion grass 3-year-old filly, and champion grass mare honors in 2014. Lexie Lou earned a Canadian champion grass mare title again in 2016.

Adena Spring also announced the retirement of 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic hero and leading sire Awesome Again.

- edited from www.bloodhorse.com 

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