Ontario Matron (G3) is 5th Graded Score for Gamble's Ghost

7/15/2018

With a well-timed stretch run, favorite Gamble’s Ghost powered up on the far outside to prevail by a neck in the $125,000 Ontario Matron Stakes (G3) featured on the mid-July Sunday program at Woodbine Racetrack.

Jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva worked out the winning trip aboard Gamble’s Ghost for trainer Josie Carroll and owner/breeder Ivan Dalos, who also won last year’s edition of the 1-1/16 mile stakes race for fillies and mares with Ami’s Mesa.

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Gamble’s Ghost settled off the pace second-to-last early on while the Mark Casse-trained trio of My Arch Enemy, Malibu Bonnie and Let It Ride Mom raced on top through panels of :24.65, :50.21 and 1:14.85. Still eighth turning for home, Gamble’s Ghost kicked into action down the stretch and defeated the Casse crew at the wire in 1:44.88.

“When we were in the paddock, Josie told me just let her run her race. She was very, very relaxed all the way,” said Da Silva, who opted to save ground on the final turn with confidence that the mare’s patent late kick would land her the winner’s circle. “I know she’s going to run in the end and she ran beautiful. When she turned home, all she wanted to do was catch all the horses.”

“I had a little concern because it was an awful nice horse that was on the lead and it looked like she was going to win it,” said Carroll. “This mare, when she sees a horse in front of her, she’s going to catch it. That’s what I said to Eurico, ‘Don’t try to change her style. I know they’re probably going to back the pace up, but you can’t change her.’ She likes to make that one run.”

Gamble’s Ghost was sent postward as the 2-1 bettors’ choice following her Grade 3 Trillium Stakes score last time out on June 17 and paid $6.50, $3.10 and $2.50.

The five-year-old Ghostzapper-Gambling Girl mare earned her fifth Grade 3 stakes victory and ninth win overall from 19 starts to boost her bankroll over the $700,000 mark.

“I think she’s just getting better and better, which is unusual as a mare gets older, but she just loves to run. She loves to chase horses,” said Carroll.
The mare’s win marked the third time Carroll has won the Ontario Matron. 

Ghostzapper is the sire of three other 2018 Graded winners - Runaway Ghost and the Grade 2 winners Proctor's Ledge and Holy Helena.

- edited from www.woodbineentertainment.com, photo by Michael Burns
Milwaukee Brew's Kingsport Rules in Shepperton S.

7/8/2018

Kingsport took down his sixth career stakes score while putting an end to the win streak of Canada’s Horse of the Year, Pink Lloyd, with a rallying performance in Sunday’s $100,000 Shepperton Stakes, at Woodbine.

Trained by Sid Attard for Goldmart Farms and Royal Laser Racing Inc., the six-year-old son of Milwaukee Brew was taking his second Shepperton Stakes, a 6 ½-furlong Tapeta sprint for older horses, having previously won the 2016 edition.

Pink Lloyd, bet down to 1/9, brought an 11-race win streak to the Shepperton and was quick out of the gate under Eurico Rosa da Silva to battle through splits of :22.43, :44.86 and 1:09.27 with speedy Boreal Spirit. Pink Lloyd put away Boreal Spirit down the lane but Kingsport, last of five at the half-mile call under Patrick Husbands, made up 6 ½-lengths from the top of the stretch to win by 1 ½-lengths. Jacks Escarpment headed Pink Lloyd at the wire for place. Kingsport stopped the clock in 1:15.61.

 

Kingsport turned back from a pair of fourth-place runs in route races to secure his first win of 2018.

“Actually, this was the first year that he got a chance to train early in the spring,” Husbands said. “He never ran a jump in his last race, so Sid decided to cut him back. My game plan was that there was going to be speed up front, and give him one run. He gave me 110 (percent) today.”
Attard, who is just two wins shy of 2000 for his career, praised Kingsport’s versatility.

“He can do whatever you want. It just depends on how the race goes,” said the veteran conditioner. “When I saw him so far back, I wasn’t nervous. I knew he was going to come (with a run). I didn’t know if he was going to get there like he did, but Patrick really gave him a good ride. We’ve had a lot of good luck. He’s won a lot of big races for us.”

Kingsport, bred in Ontario by Richard Moylan, banked $60,000 in victory while improving his record to 8-7-3 from 26 career starts. His career bankroll now stands at $553,796.

-edited from www.woodbineentertainment.com

Two Starters, Two Winners for Capo Bastone

7/7/2018

When Starship Nala broke from the rail in a 5-furlong Maiden Special on Saturday at Gulfstream Park she became Capo Bastone's second starter. Just under one minute later she became her sire's second winner.

Racing in the colors of Starship Stables, the bay filly rated in sixth in the early going under Miquel Vasquez. After ranging up to third at the head of the lane she maintained that momentum, surging to the front and crossing the wire 1 1/4 lengths in front of the second-time starter Gerrys Big Win. The final time was :59.29.

Starship Nala was bred in Florida by William P. Sorren out of the Forest Wildcat daughter Perfectly Wild. She entered her debut off a spirited series of works at Gulfstream for trainer Steven Dwoskin.

Starship Nala joins the impressive Keeneland debut winner Hargus as early winners by Capo Bastone, winner of the 2013 King's Bishop S. (G1).

- photo by Adam Coglianese

Macho Uno's Done Deal Seals 4-Length Victory in Iowa Sprint H.

7/7/2018

Done Deal made a winning stakes debut in the $100,000 Iowa Sprint on a stakes-rich Friday evening card at Prairie Meadows. The victory makes him the fifth 2018 stakes winner for his sire, Macho Uno.

Traveling smoothly under Chris Landeros he pressed Eurobond’s quick splits of 22.04 and 44.77 – and then closed the deal. Dashing away from the pacesetter, Done Deal cruised under the wire four lengths in front of his nearest pursuer. He stopped the timer in 1:09.04 for six furlongs on a fast track, paid $12.20 to win, and rewarded all the time trainer Ian Wilkes and owner-breeder Sierra Farm put in trying to bring out the best in their horse.

Out of the Tale of the Cat daughter Missbelle O’s Tale, Done Deal won for the fourth time in just seven starts. 

“It’s always nice when you have that kind of horse up under you,” Landeros said.

In 2018, Macho Uno is also the sire of the New York stakes winner Picco Uno and the Graded winners Kirby's Penny, Tommy Macho and Kona Gold S. (G2) winner Bobby Abu Dhabi.

- edited from www.drf.com, Coady photo

Silent Name Filly Hits High Note in $100,000 Zadracarta S.

7/1/2018

Silent Sonet, recipient of a perfect stalking trip under rider Eurico Rosa da Silva, surged to the front in early stretch and held sway for a 1 ¼-length victory in Sunday’s $100,000 Zadracarta at Woodbine.



There were three lead changes early in the race as Sugar Jones was first from the gate but was soon passed by Lindalindalisten, who in turn surrendered the lead to Dublin Diva.

Silent Sonet, meanwhile, was sitting pretty on the outside after beginning from post 10 as Dublin Diva clicked off fractions of :22.60 for the quarter and :44.73 for the half.

“Our plan was to stay back a little bit more,” said jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva. “We know she loves the grass and she was very keen today. She broke there and she positioned herself in third and second place, she was traveling very easy and I didn’t want to bother her. She was happy where she was. When we turned for home, she kicked from there.”

Silent Sonet was in front by 1 ½-lengths as they reached the three-quarters in 1:07.42 and it was all over from there. Niigon’s Eclipse, coming off a front-running win in the Group 2 Nassau at one mile, found herself in a closing role at Sunday’s shorter distance and came strongly on the outside for second money, 1 ¾-lengths before Sugar Jones as the 2-1 choice.

The final time for the 7 furlongs on a turf track, which has been playing very fast, was 1:19.38, just .36 seconds off the track record set by the talented Soaring Free in 2004.

Silent Sonet was making her third start of the season after ending on the fringes in a pair of main track sprints. She recorded her second stakes victory in the Zadracarta, having captured the La Prevoyante over one mile of turf here last year. The homebred daughter of Silent Name-Dynasonet (by Hussonet) has now earned $174,342 for her owner/breeder Ivan Dalos.

“Actually, we had a plan with her,” said Gonzalez, who was sending out his first stakes winner of the meeting. We wanted to get her back on the turf where she had most of her success last year. She had a nice blowout in :58 and change for the race. She’s being doing really well after her first two races. She’s put on so much weight. You see the size of her now. To add to that – in a positive way – mentally, she’s even there more now. She’s grown up now.”

Silent Name is the sire of three other Stakes winners in 2018 and ranks as Ontario's leading sire by progeny earnings.

-edited from www.woodbineentertainment.com

Delta Prince Tops Adena-Bred Exacta in G2 King Edward Stakes

6/30/2018

Stronach Stables homebred Delta Prince, backed down to 2-1 favoritism even though he was making his first start in almost 10 months, rallied resolutely on the outside under Javier Castellano for a going-away 1 ¾-length victory in Saturday’s $182,350 King Edward Stakes.

The Grade 2 King Edward, a one-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward, attracted a field of eight and Delta Prince was making his local bow for trainer Jimmy Jerkens.

“I like the way he did it today,” said Castellano, who was riding Delta Prince for the first time. “It was very impressive the way he did it.”



Delta Prince, breaking from the outside, broke well but settled back as Shakhimat shot up to hold a two-length lead through a quarter in :23.77 and a half in :46.58.

Caribou Club and First Premio were stalking in second and third place, with Delta Prince running next in line.

Shakhimat, trained by Roger Attfield, was challenged by Caribou Club around the final turn, but the leader kicked away again turning for home and was still in front through six furlongs in 1:09.11.

Delta Prince, who had launched his bid around the final turn but then seemed to stall briefly, was roused in early stretch and gutted it out to outfinish a stubborn Shakhimat in a final time of 1:32.35, just .20 seconds off the track record set by Wise Dan in the 2015 edition of the Woodbine Mile. The runner-up was also bred by Stronach's Adena Springs farm and sold at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Florida Two-Year-Old in Training sale at Gulfstream Park. The graded stakes-winning son of Lonhro has now earned $433,799.

A lightly-raced 5-year-old homebred son of Street Cry and Delta Princess, Delta Prince was recording his first stakes win in the King Edward.

The Kentucky-bred, who last saw action September 4 when third in Saratoga’s Grade 2 Bernard Baruch, was coming off a third-place finish. That race was won by Heart to Heart, who went on to win two Grade 1 stakes races this year.

Owner/breeder Frank Stronach, on hand for Saturday’s race, said the dark bay’s time away from the races had been a minor concern.

“We had a few problems, but Jimmy Jerkens has always been really high on him,” said Stronach, adding that Delta Prince is a half-brother to three-time Eclipse Award winner champion Royal Delta.

Stronach also agreed that the Grade 1, $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile, which will be run this year on September 15, could be an interesting long-term target.

“I think the Woodbine Mile would suit him,” said the owner/breeder.

- edited from www.woodbineentertainment.com

Sligo Bay's Fairy Hill Leads Adena-Sired Sweep in Lady Angela Stakes

6/29/2018

The Sligo Bay daughter Fairy Hill, cutting back in distance after finishing fourth in the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks, launched a sustained rally while racing in between horses around the final turn and got up late to capture Friday’s 7-furlong Lady Angela Stakes by a neck.

The $100,000 Lady Angela, for Ontario-sired fillies, attracted a field of eight and was Fairy Hill’s first stakes victory. She defeated another Sligo Bay daughter, She's Got Fire with Stronach Stables Silent Name miss Zestina finishing third. 

“She was comfortable sitting where she was,” said jockey Jeffrey Alderson, who was riding his third career stakes winner and first at the meeting. “She let a couple of them go in front of her and she liked that. The game plan worked out there.”

Without A Doubt, breaking from post 7, had gone to the lead but was soon confronted by Zestina, who had rushed up after breaking from the 1-hole and led by two lengths through an opening quarter in :23.47.

The 17-1 Without A Doubt had moved up on the outside to lead by a head as the half-mile was reached in :46.36. But Zestina reclaimed the lead as they straightened out for the stretch drive, and still led through six furlongs in 1:10.84 with She’s Got Money and Fairy Hill in hot pursuit.

She’s Got Fire finished well to nail down the place money, a length to the good of Zestina but Fairy Hill was finishing strongest of all to claim the top prize.

“She’s maturing and she’s running really good. Hopefully she can keep that up and have bigger things to look forward to,” said Alderson.

Without A Doubt, Line of Vision and Bear Kitty rounded out the order of finish with the seven furlongs clocked in 1:23.22.

“We really liked this spot for her,” said trainer Norman McKnight. “I preferred something a little shorter for her as opposed to a route.”

-edited from www.woodbineentertainment.com, photo by Michael Burns
Gamble's Ghost Uses Spirited Stretch Run to Capture Trillium S. (G3)

6/18/2018

Gamble's Ghost, patiently handled by Eurico Rosa da Silva, rallied from next to last and six wide in the stretch to capture the $140,000 Trillium Stakes (G3) June 17 on Woodbine's all-weather track.

Trained by Josie Carroll for owner-breeder Ivan Dalos, Gamble's Ghost came into the 1 1/16-mile race off a rallying third in a May 21 allowance at the Ontario racetrack in her season debut. A winner of four of seven starts in 2017, the 5-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper would not be denied Sunday with a ground-saving trip under da Silva, who completed a sweep of the weekend stakes after taking Saturday's Steady Growth Stakes with Mr Havercamp.



My Arch Enemy set the tempo, marking off splits of :23.92 and :48.42 under the close watch of Ickymasho and Boreale, as da Silva and Gamble's Ghost found a home along the rail in next to last after leaving from the outside post in a field of eight.

My Arch Enemy maintained a precarious lead through the turn, tracked by Malibu Bonnie, Ickymasho, Sister Nation, and Grizzel. However, Gamble's Ghost angled off the rail late in the turn, powered down the center of the track, and won by a half-length over Ickymasho. My Arch Enemy stayed on for third over Grizzel. Gamble's Ghost stopped the clock in 1:43.61.

Da Silva was full of praise for the talented dark bay/brown mare who took her cues in a professional manner.

"We had a wonderful trip," said da Silva. "I was able to save a lot of ground. In the turn, when we turned home, I had a chance to shift her out, and she kicked from there. She kicked so strong. She's a wonderful horse to ride. So easy and a very kind horse."

The victory made Gamble's Ghost a graded winner in each of the past four seasons. She won the Mazarine Stakes (G3) in 2015, the 2016 Selene Stakes (G3), and added the Maple Leaf Stakes (G3) last season. Those triumphs propelled her to Sovereign Award nominations each year. She's now earned $653,160.

"She's so special. She's so honest and shows up every time," Carroll said. "She ran hard against a speed bias last time and didn't quite get there. She just shows up. She's just a good horse."

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com

Macho Uno Mare Untouchable In Dancin Renee Stakes

6/16/2018

Kennesaw Mountain Racing's Picco Uno capitalized on class relief, wiring a six-horse field by four lengths in the sixth running of the $125,000 Dancin Renee for state-bred fillies and mares 3-years-old and up on Saturday at Belmont Park.

Out of the gate, jockey Manny Franco sent Picco Uno to the front in the six furlong sprint, where she set fractions of 22.25 seconds for a quarter-mile and the half in 45.23 on the fast main track with Cozzy Spring giving pursuit.

Picco Uno gained separation out of the turn and Franco used a left-handed whip as the 5-year-old gray mare steadied away, completing the distance in 1:09.60.



"Coming into the race, the plan was to break out of there and get involved early. The other horse with speed [Cozzy Spring] was inside of me but I broke better than her and took advantage," Franco said. "My last two races aboard, we tried different tactics but today, he [Servis] wanted to be right there up front in the lead or second nothing further than that. Thankfully, it worked out getting on the lead early and she did everything from there easy."

The daughter of Macho Uno was bred by Adena Springs & Topsmeade, LLC and she increased her career bankroll to $413,667. 

"We told Manny not to take anything away from her. She always breaks sharp and he was able to go on with it. She ran a really great race and we're just thrilled," Servis said.

Servis said Picco Uno could be targeting the $100,000 Union Avenue for New York-breds on August 16 at Saratoga, where she will be looking to repeat her 2017 winning effort.

- edited from www.nyra.com

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