04.11.2018

Capo Bastone's First Starter Impresses at Keeneland

Hargus, the first starter by Grade 1 winner Capo Bastone, emulated his sire by scoring a brave and......

Hargus, the first starter by Grade 1 winner Capo Bastone, emulated his sire by scoring a brave and decisive debut victory on April 11.

Watch Hargus Win Debut

Owned by Danny Pate and trained by juvenile wizard Wesley Ward, Hargus broke sharply from post 10 under Joel Rosario in the 4 1/2 furlong Maiden Special at Keeneland. The 2-1 second choice quickly sprinted to the lead with favored stablemate Odie flanked to his outside. 

The pair dueled in tandem around the far turn with Odie gaining a slight advantage at the top of the lane. Hargus then parried right back under strong hand urging from Rosario. The flashy chestnut showed his bravery, holding position against the rail before rallying back to overtake Odie. He then coasted home with Rosario gearing him down in the final yards.

The final margin of victory over Odie, a promising son of the white-hot Scat Daddy, was 2 1/2 lengths with the timer stopped at :52.19.

Hargus was bred in Kentucky by J. D. Stuart out of the Put It Back daughter Call My Lawyer. He is named after Capo Bastone's co-breeder, the late Hargus Sexton, a friend and mentor of owner Danny Pate. 

“He was always a beautiful individual with a great walk, a great shoulder and a great attitude," Pate said. “I thought he’d get them. He was really working well at home. He worked a half mile up there the other day in :49, and that’s unheard of at my track. We knew he had a lot of talent.”

As is often the case when a horse wins a 2-year-old maiden at Keeneland, Pate said he’s already hearing from people who want to buy Hargus. He said he would consider selling a portion of the colt at some point, but as for right now he’s more focused on his upcoming racing schedule. Hargus’s next start will be in the May 3 $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile S. at Churchill Downs and Pate said if he runs well there, a start at Royal Ascot could be next.

- portions from www.thoroughbreddailynews.com, photo by Coady Photography

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04.10.2018

Adena Breds Shaman Ghost & Judy The Beauty Elected to Canadian Racing Hall of Fame

Stronach Stables homebred Shaman Ghost was nominated to become a third-generation Hall of Famer......

Stronach Stables homebreds Shaman Ghost and Judy the Beauty became a third-generation Hall of Famers when they were elected to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Their grandsire, Awesome Again was inducted into the Canadian Hall in 2001 and their sire, Ghostzapper, was enshrined in the National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Saratoga 11 years later. 

Shaman Ghost won eight of 17 starts for earnings of $3,859,311 making him the second-richest Canadian-bred of all time behind only Awesome Again. He was named Canada’s Champion Three-Year-Old Colt in 2015 on the strength of a campaign that included wins in the Queen’s Plate and Grade 3 Marine Stakes at Woodbine and a second-place finish in the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie. He went on to ever bigger and better things with victories in the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) and Woodward Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. His resume also includes scores in the Brooklyn Invitational Stakes (G2) in New York and the Pimlico Special Handicap (G3) in Maryland.

Upon learning of Shaman Ghost's election, his trainer Jimmy Jerkens tweeted: "An absolutely well-deserved award for an absolutely wonderful horse." 

Judy the Beauty was bred and raised by Adena Springs but was purchased by owner/trainer Wesley Ward at the 2010 Keeneland September sale. Ward masterfully directed the Ghostzapper filly through a racing career spanning 22 races over five years with earnings surpassing $1.8 million. As a juvenile, she found victory on the turf in France before winning in the Shady Well Stakes at Woodbine and finishing second in the Spinaway Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. After three second-place finishes at age three, she again visited the winner’s circle at age four, winning the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (G2) before finishing second to Groupie Doll in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1). At age five, she was named 2014 Eclipse Award Champion Female Sprinter as a result of a four graded stakes win year, culminating with the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita.

The 2018 Canadian Racing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be hosted at the Mississsauga Convention Centre on August 8, 2018. Click here for the full list of inducees.

-edited from www.ontarioracing.com

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