08.12.2018

Ghostzapper's Champagne Problems Pops in Groupie Doll S. (G3)

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Calvin Borel teamed with trainer Ian Wilkes to capture Ellis Park's signature race, as Champagne Problems powered to a 3 1/4-length victory over frontrunning favorite Sense of Bravery in the $100,000 Groupie Doll Stakes (G3).

The 4-year-old Ghostzapper filly races in the colors of Brad Stephens, Randy Bloch, John Seiler, Fred Merritr and David Hall and is trained by Ian Wilkes. She covered a mile over the fast main track in 1:36.74 as the 4-1 third choice.

"The filly always had talent," Borel said. "I've got to give credit to Ian for getting her ready for this race. We've been pointing her for this the last couple of races, and she's just getting better and better."

The 9-5 favorite Sense of Bravery was sharp out of the starting gate to take the lead through early fractions of :23.76 and :46.96, tracked by Jenda's Agenda, Mines and Magic and Pinch Hit down the backstretch. Champagne Problems was well back early, but really started to roll around the far turn.

Pinch Hit snuck to the inside of Mines and Magic, and that pair came calling at the top of the stretch to take over from Sense of Bravery. In the stretch run, Champagne Problems made up nearly eight lengths to take command and pull away, crossing the wire about four lengths the best. Mines and Magic was able to hold second over Pinch Hit.

Bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, Champagne Problems was a $270,000 yearling purchase at the Keeneland September sale. The previously stakes-placed filly has been a consistent runner for her owners, and the Groupie Doll win improves her record to 5-3-4 from 18 starts with earnings of $260,000.

Ghostzapper is now the sire of 10 blacktype winners in 2018, five of them winners at the Graded level. 2018 is the seventh consecutive year that Ghostzapper has been represented by double digit Stakes winners. 

One day earlier, a Ghostzapper yearling sold for $400,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York Preferred sale, the highest-priced colt of the opening session.

- edited from www.paulickreport.com & bloodhorse.com


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08.12.2018

Ghostzapper Colt Hammered Down for $400,000 at F-T New York Preferred Yearling Sale

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Bloodstock agent Lincoln Collins, bidding on behalf of longtime owner Tracy Farmer, signed the ticket at $400,000 to acquire Hip 384,a colt by Ghostzapper during Saturday’s first session of the FasigTipton New York sale.

The yearling, who was consigned by Thomas Gallo on behalf of breeder Donald Schupak, will be trained by Mark Casse.

“He’s a very nice colt,” Collins said. “We all loved him. Mark Casse loved him, so that’s where he will go. There was a lot of interest in the horse, so it was clear we were going to have to give it a go and we prevailed in the end.”

The $400,000 price tag was the highest paid for a colt during the opening session. The attractive bay out of the Stakes-winning Smoke Glacken mare Clear Pasaj. From his first 10 starters out of Smoke Glacken daughters Ghostzapper has sired Sovereign Award Champion Hunters Bay, Japanese Stakes winner/millionaire Wild Flapper and 2018 Graded Stakes-placed Phantom Proton.

“We’re just looking for good racehorses,” Collins said. “Mr. Farmer is game and has been in the business a long time. We’ve worked together for a long time and now Mark is on the scene, so hopefully we’ll buy a good one.” Collins agreed the quality of recent graduates of the New Yorkbred sale and the strength of the state’s breeding incentives made buying out of the auction appealing.

Ghostzapper is in the midst of another stellar season with 9 blacktype winners and 17 blacktype horses, including Graded winners Holy Helena, Proctor's Ledge and Runaway Ghost.

- edited from www.thoroughreddailynews.com

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