09.16.2018

Stronach Stables Silent Poet Pens Vice Regent S. Victory

Stronach StablesSilent Name son Silent Poet, favored at 7-5, came through loud and clear when......

Stronach Stables Silent Name son Silent Poet, favored at 7-5, came through loud and clear when scoring by a measured length in Sunday’s $100,000 Vice Regent Stakes for Ontario-sired three-year-olds at Woodbine.



Ridden by Gary Boulanger and conditioned by Nick Gonzalez, Silent Poet turned back a couple of challenges in the stretch run to prevail in the good time of 1:33.74 for the one-mile turf race, which attracted a field of seven.

“He’s a really neat little horse,” said Gary Boulanger, who was recording his 11th stakes win of the meeting aboard the Adena Springs homebred. “He kind of does whatever I ask him to do. He responds when I ask him. He kind of gets out front and he spurts then he’ll wait, he’ll spurt then he’ll wait. He’s a nice, fun horse to ride. Nick’s done a tremendous job with him, it’s a pleasure to ride him.”

Be Vewy Vewy Quiet was first to show in the Vice Regent but dropped back to third as Silver Sheriff got the opening quarter of :23.63 and the half in :46.88 while shadowed by Silent Poet.

Royal Laser, (by Giant Gizmo) who had raced on the inside throughout as the 5-2 second choice, made a stretch bid but came up short while finishing a clear second. Another Silent Name son Carmenootz, swung out widest for the stretch run and finished well to be third to complete the Adena Springs North triactor.

Silent Poet was recording his third turf win. His only unplaced effort in seven career starts was in the Queen’s Plate, which was just his fourth career outing and his first beyond seven furlongs. “We got a little aggressive when we tried the Queen’s Plate, but it didn’t hurt him one little bit and the horse is simple, easy to train,” said Gonzalez. 

Silent Poet was bred by Adena Springs in Ontario out of the Ghostzapper daughter Cara Bella. Ghostzapper is now the damsire of 15 blacktype winners, a sparkling 8.2% from starters, including 2018 Triple Crown hero Justify.

Silent Poet is the 6th worldwide Stakes winner in 2018 by Silent Name who ranks #1 in Canada by blacktype winners and progeny earnings. 

-edited from www.woodbineentertainment.com

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09.13.2018

$1 Million Filly Among Ghostzapper's Keeneland September Book 1 Standouts

Hip #740, a filly by Ghostzapper, brought $1,025,000 during Session 3 of the Keeneland September......

Hip #740, a filly by Ghostzapper, brought $1,025,000 during Session 3 of the Keeneland September Yearling sale, one of several high-priced Book 1 yearlings by the Adena Springs stallion.

The beautiful bay is a full sister to La Troienne S. winner Molly Morgan, one of Ghostzapper's 11 Grade 1 winners. She was purchased by Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Farm, who bred and sold Molly Morgan's $1.8 million Curlin son earlier in the sale.

"We just went and visited her sister today, looked at her and came back and looked at this filly and they're like Irish twins," said Banke, who paid $1.35 million for Molly Morgan at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Sale.

Consignor Petter O'Callaghan (Woods Edge Farm) also had high praise for the filly who was originally purchased for $335,000 at last year's Keeneland November auction.

"She was a great filly," O'Callaghan said. "It was a very unique package - she's by an unbelievable sire...who is now proving to be an unbelievable broodmare sire. She's a great physical specimen with a proven pedigree. We were just lucky to have the right people on her."

Horse of the Year Ghostzapper is the broodmare sire of 14 blacktype winners, a sterling 8% from starters, including none other than this year's Triple Crown hero Justify.

The following day, renowned bloodstock agent Steve Young signed for a $850,000 Ghostzapper filly from the Denal Stud consignment. Offered as Hip #949, the striking bay is a full sister to graded winner Gloryzapper and to the Macho Uno multiple stakes-placed runner Banree.

Ghostzapper is also the sire of a $600,000 Keeneland September colt purchased during Session 2 by Peter Brant's White Birch Farm.

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