Two Ghostzapper Graded Winners in One Hour
Two sons of Ghostzapper streaked to graded stakes victories within one hour on Saturday, April......
Two sons of Ghostzapper streaked to graded stakes victories within one hour on Saturday, April 18.
Ghostzapper's 2014 Whitney Handicap (G1) winner Moreno was up first in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (G2). Under Cornelio Velasquez, Moreno tracked the hot early pace sent by Warrioroftheroses through fractions of :23.19, :47.18 and 1:12 for the six furlongs. By that time Moreno was in command. He spun into the stretch with a 1 1/2 length lead and fended off a challenge from last year's winner Imperative. The final margin was two lengths and the final time of 1:48.81 shattered the previous track record by nearly a full second.
"I've been telling everyone this horse would run big," said trainer Eric Guillot after the race. "I thought he would set a track record in (the) New Orleans (Handicap), but that's a long stretch and he started waiting on horses...but physically, you can't get to the bottom of him."
Moreno is Ghostzapper's leading money earner with a bankroll of $2,926,940.
Less than an hour after Moreno got his picture taken, Whiskey Ticket held off a late charge from Conquest Curlinate to win the $400,000 Illinois Derby (G3) at Hawthorne.
The Bob Baffert-trained colt was making just his second start after a well-regarded Maiden Special victory at Santa Anita on March 19. Sent off as the 2-1 second choice, the three-year-old stalked the early leaders under a chilly Martin Pedroza. The pair swept to the lead three-wide turning for home and opened a clear lead only to have Conquest Culinate surge inside the sixteenth pole. Whiskey Ticket gladly accepted the challenge and responded when looked in the eye, prevailing by a nose.
Whiskey Ticket was bred in Kentucky by Adena Springs and Springland Farm, Inc. He was purchased for $200,000 at the 2013 Keeneland September sale by the successful trio of Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman. He's already made back his purchase price, $273,200 to be exact in his two starts.
Ghostzapper is now the sire of 45 stakes winners (14% from starters) and 24 graded winners (8%) from his first six crops to race.
Another Stakes Win for Macho Uno's Newest Millionaire
Macho Uno's Danon Legend stormed to a fourth stakes victory in the March 17 Kurofone Sho Stakes at......
Macho Uno's Danon Legend earned his second stakes victory of 2015 in the April 8 Toyko Sprint Stakes at Ohi Racecourse. The win comes less than a month after the son of Macho Uno surpassed the $1 million mark for his career when he stormed home to take Kurofune Sho Stakes on March 17.
Danon Legend how has five stakes victories on his impressive resume. He closed out his 2014 campaign with a score in the Group 3 Capella Stakes, his third blacktype victory of the season. Overall, the five-year-old has made eight trips to the winner's circle in his 20 starts. He races in the colors of Danox Inc., who purchased the horse for $385,000 at the 2012 Barretts Two-Year-old in Training sale.
Out of the Storm Cat mare My Goodness, Danon Legend was bred by Colts Neck Stable, LLC. His bankroll now stands at $1,489,835 and he's the fourth son of Macho Uno to break the seven figure barrier for career earnings. Breeders' Cup Classic champion Mucho Macho Man leads all Macho Uno progeny with $5,625,410, followed by Grade 1 Stephen Foster H. winner/Preakness Stakes runner-up Macho Again ($1,825,767) and the active multiple Grade 1 winner Private Zone ($1,581,220).