05.19.2019

Ghostzapper's Visitant Breaks Out with Alcatraz Stakes Score

Northern California trainer John Martin picked up a stakes victory at the winter/spring meet at......

Northern California trainer John Martin picked up a stakes victory at the winter/spring meet at Golden Gate Fields with Visitant in the $75,000 Alcatraz Stakes for 3-year-olds on Sunday. The race, originally scheduled for turf, was moved off the grass due to wet weather earlier in the week. 7 runners competed in the mile contest on Tapeta.

Visitant earned his first stakes win with the Alcatraz victory and has now won 3 of 4 lifetime starts, with career earnings of $101,600. The son of Ghostzapper races in the colors of his breeder Williams Racing LLC.

Visitant, last seen running second in the California Derby, stalked the pace before challenging the leaders in upper stretch and surging past One Bad Boy, who went off as the 4/5 favorite. Visitant won the race by a length and a quarter and was ridden to victory by local pilot William Antongeorgi III.

One Bad Boy, coming off a sharp maiden win at Santa Anita, dueled up front with third place finisher Kingly and took the lead in upper stretch, only to be collared in the final sixteenth of a mile by Visitant. 2019 Kentucky Derby winning jockey Flavien Prat rode the 3-year-old ridgling for Southern California trainer Richard Baltas.

Kingly, who won the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate last month for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, retained the services of Southern California jockey Mario Gutierrez. The royally bred sibling to Breeders Cup champion New Year’s Day and multiple Grade 2 winner Mohaymen set the pace with One Bad Boy before fading to third.

Rey Coliman, a son of Fort Larned, finished fourth, followed by The Creep, Loud Mouth and Nizamdcarchy. Visitant completed the one-mile in 1:36.73 and went off as the 5-1 third choice in the wagering.

Visitant is out of the graded stakes placed mare Peppermint Lounge, a daughter of Distorted Humor. Ghostzapper now has four stakes winners from just 12 starters out of mares by that stallion. Among the others is Grade 1 winner Molly Morgan.

-edited from www.goldengatefields.com


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05.18.2019

Mucho Gusto 'Stylish' Winner of G3 Lazaro Barrera Stakes

Breaking from the rail for the third time in his six-race career, Bob Baffert’s Mucho Gusto took......

Breaking from the rail for the third time in his six-race career, Bob Baffert’s Mucho Gusto took serious early pressure but dictated terms throughout, shaking off his pursuers a furlong from home en route to a handy 3 ¼ length win in Saturday’s $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita.

Ridden by Joe Talamo, the 3-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Mucho Macho Man got seven furlongs in 1:22.96. He's now a 3-time Graded Stakes winner of $370,800 in just six career starts. Never off the board, he's also placed in the Grade 1 Los Al Futurity and Sunland Derby (G3).



“He’s drawn the rail a lot and he’s still able to relax after he gets serious pressure,” said Talamo, who’s ridden Mucho Gusto in all of his races. “Today, he took two or three breathers around the turn and then he took off…After he broke his maiden (first time out at Los Alamitos on Sept. 20), I started working him a lot at Del Mar. He never acted like a 2-year-old, he acted like an older horse.”

Third going a mile and one eighth in the Grade III Sunland Derby March 24, Mucho Gusto, who is out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Itsagiantcauseway, was off as the 1-2 favorite in field of six sophomores and paid $3.00, $2.20 and $2.10.

Mucho Gusto was bred by Teneri Farm Inc. and Bernardo Alvarez Calderon and is owned by Michael Lund Petersen, who purchased the flashy colt for $625,000 at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Old in Training auction.

-edited from www.santaanita.com

 

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