Ghostzapper's Shaman Ghost 'Major' Queen's Plate Contender
Stronach Stales homebred Shaman Ghost established himself as a major contender for the prestigious......
Stronach Stales homebred Shaman Ghost established himself as a major contender for the prestigious Queen’s Plate with his exciting come-from-behind victory in the Grade 3 Marine Stakes at Woodbine on Saturday (VIDEO).
Rafael Hernandez rode the Ghostzapper son Shaman Ghost, who earned $90,000 of the $154,600 purse Stronach Stables and trainer Brian Lynch.
“He’s an awesome horse,” said Hernandez. “I think the farther he goes, he’s going to be better because he relaxed good. All he needs is a good trip.”
Shaman Ghost bided his time in seventh early as Bears Personality set honest fractions in the 1 1/16-mile route for 3-year-olds. Shaman Ghost was blocked behind rivals at the top of the stretch before mounting a powerful, wide bid to collar Seventhfleethumor in the final strides. Shaman Ghost prevailed by a half-length in a quick time of 1:43.35.
"I think he took a step forward today," said Lynch, who trained Malakoff to victory in the 2006 Marine Stakes. "He gave us confidence to try the Plate. We always felt the longer he went the better he'll be."
The $1 million Queen’s Plate will be run at Woodbine July 5 for the 156th time.
Shaman Ghost is one of nine Queen's Plate nominees sired by Adena Springs stallions, the most of any farm. He is also the fourth graded stakes winner for Ghostzapper since April 18. That day Grade 1 winner Moreno rolled in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (G2) and Whiskey Ticket remained unbeaten in the $400,000 Illinois Derby (G3). On Kentucky Oaks day, May 1, Molly Morgan captured the Grade 1 La Troienne Stakes, becoming Ghostzapper's 8th winner at the highest level.
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Nine Queen's Plate Nominees Sired by Adena Springs Stallions
A total of 56 Canadian-bred three-year-olds remain eligible for the 2015 Queen's Plate, nine by......
A total of 56 Canadian-bred three-year-olds remain eligible for the 2015 Queen's Plate, nine by Adena Springs stallions. No operation's stallions have more nominees to Canada's most important Classic.
Among the contenders is the Stronach Stables homebred Shaman Ghost. The son of Ghostzapper has reeled off a trio of sharp victories including the May 16 Marine Stakes (G3) at Woodbine, an important Queen's Plate prep.
Two-time champion sire Milwaukee Brew is represented by a trio of Queen's Plate nominees. Chief among them is 2014 Kingarvie Stakes winner Kingsport and Milwaukee Mist, a stakes-placed runner versus open company in Kentucky earlier this term.
The Macho Uno colt Decision Day, a Sovereign Award finalist and winner of last season's Coronation Futurity, is among the two Queen's Plate noms for his sire along with the Adena Springs-bred filly Tancook.
Sovereign Award finalist and multiple stakes winner Brooklynsway is one of the two nominees for Giant Gizmo, Canada's top-ranked young sire. Should Brooklynsway prove victorious she would be the second consecutive female winner of the Queen's Plate after Sligo Bay's Lexie Lou stormed home in 2014.
Sligo Bay is in the running for a Queen's Plate repeat with Frank Di Giulio Jr.'s Town Called Malice, a recent impressive maiden winner.
The $1 million Queen's Plate will be run for the 156th time on July 5 at Woodbine. Click here for a full listing of nominees.