$675,000 Point of Entry Colt at OBS March


Hip #605, a colt from the first crop by five-time Grade 1 winner Point of Entry, sold for $675,000 at the OBS March Two-Year-Old in Training sale. The price is second-highest for a juvenile by a 2017 first year sire.

Out of the stakes-placed Medaglia d'Oro daughter Hug It Out, the colt sizzled in his 1/4 mile breeze on March 11. He stopped the clock in :20.3, the second-fastest work at the distance. It was a home run for consignor All Dreams Equine with a colt who 'RNA'd' as both a weanling and a yearling. Narvick International signed the $675,000 ticket.

The previous day, the first two juveniles by Point of Entry were sold for $210,000 and $190,000, respectively.

Hip #119, a filly consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, was purchased for $210,000 by Jay Hanley after a sterling breeze in :10.1 on March 9 (watch here).

The pretty gray is out of the stakes-winning Buddha daughter Red Hot Buddha.

Later in the afternoon Hip #239 commanded $190,000 from Bradley Thoroughbreds. The colt posted an impressive breeze on March 10, screaming home in :10 flat (watch here).

He's out of the Consolidator mare Sweet Assay who hails from the family of graded winner A. P. Assay and three-time Grade 1 winner Came Home among others.

Point of Entry first crop juveniles are averaging $358,333, second only to Orb among First Crop sires.

All Point of Entry OBS March breeze videos are available for review on the Adena Springs YouTube channel.

Ghostzapper Filly Brings $800,000 at OBS March


Ghostzapper has been one of the most consistently brilliant sires in North America over the past several seasons and his three graded stakes winners makes him one of the hottest sires in North America in 2017. The commercial market has certainly taken notice with a Ghostzapper filly commanding $800,000 at the OBS March Two-Year-Old in Training sale.

Hip #568, consigned by Harris Training Center, LLC, attracted attention on her own by scorching a quarter mile in :9.4 during the March 11 breeze show (watch here). She is full sister to Acorn/Test Stakes heroine Contested, one of Ghostzapper's nine Grade 1 winners. Narvick International was the winning bidder.

She wasn't the only popular Ghostzapper filly in Ocala as Hip #310 was hammered down for $460,000. The chestnut lass was consigned by Crupi's New Castle Farm and posted an impressive of her own zipping an eighth in :10.1 (watch here).

Bred by Colts Neck Stables, LLC out of the Yes It's True dam You Asked (and now named I Did), the filly hails from a deep Janney family that's produced the likes of Wood Memorial (G1) winner Private Terms and champion Suggestive Boy. Agent Jamie McCalmont signed the $460,000 ticket.

Among Ghostzapper's 2017 graded winners is Shaman Ghost, winner of the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) on March 11.

All Ghostzapper OBS March breezes are available for review on the Adena Springs YouTube channel.

Ghostzapper's Shaman Ghost Gives Stronach Stables 3rd Big 'Cap Win


Stronach Stables' Shaman Ghost, a very good runner-up to the World's Best Racehorse Arrogate last out in the Pegasus World Cup, was able to overcome a bit of trouble to capture the second Grade 1 of his career in Saturday's Santa Anita Handicap. 

Watch the Santa Anita Handicap

The 5-year-old son of Ghostzapper bested Midnight Storm by about three-quarters of a length on the wire, stopping the clock in 2:01.57 for 10 furlongs on the fast main track. Ridden by Javier Castellano and trained by Jimmy Jerkens, Shaman Ghost gave both men their first victory in Santa Anita's 'Big Cap" while it was the third score for Stronach Stables. 

Second-favorite in the wagering, Midnight Storm broke a bit inward from his post along the rail, but nonetheless had the lead approaching the wire for the first time. Shaman Ghost was between Adena Springs-bred/sold Gangster and Isotherm in a battle for second position

Approaching the first turn Castellano smartly took him back for a moment, allowing Shaman Ghost to drift over the to the inside rail and save all the ground along the turn. Midnight Storm, however, was having everything pretty much his own way on the front end, galloping through fractions of :23.54 and :47.52 on a loose rein from jockey Rafael Bejarano. Isotherm held onto second while four-wide on the outside, with Shaman Ghost about 1 1/2 lengths off the lead along the rail.

With incredible patience, Castellano stayed behind Isotherm all the way through the turn, waiting for that horse to tire so he could cut to his inside. When it finally happened and Castellano hit the gas, Shaman Ghost burst into the bridle and easily took second at the top of the stretch. He earned a sparkling 108 Beyer Speed Figure for the effort, validating his 112 Figure from the Pegasus.

Angled just outside Midnight Storm, who was giving everything he had to maintain his lead, Shaman Ghost began to drift toward the center of the track under a firm hand ride from Castellano. When the jockey finally switched his stick to his right hand at the sixteenth pole, Shaman Ghost seemed to see his rival on the inside. Suddenly back in gear, Shaman Ghost got down to business, extending his stride beautifully to pass Midnight Storm just before the wire.

Bred in Ontario by Stronach's Adena Springs, Shaman Ghost now boasts a record of 7-2-2 from 15 starts, with earnings of $3,539,311.

-edited from www.paulickreport.com

Silent Name Leads All Stallions with 7 Queen's Plate Noms


A total of 91 three-year-olds have been nominated to the 158th running of the $1 million Queen’s Plate and Adena Springs North’s Silent Name leads all stallions with seven nominees.

That figure represents nearly 8% of all early contenders for the first jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown.

Among the Silent Name sophomores eligible for Classic glory is the stakes-placed Silent Flash, who closed out his 2016 campaign with a pair of sparkling victories over the Woodbine Tapeta course. Others include the impressive Maiden Special winners Marten River, Confidentiality and Totally Unexpected.

Silent Name was Canada’s runaway champion juvenile sire of 2016 with 15 winners and a trio of stakes winners. Among those are the fillies Cindervella and Hopping Not Hoping, two of Silent Name’s five early nominees to the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks to be run on June 11.

Giant Gizmo, Silent Name’s barnmate at Adena Springs North, is represented by a trio of Queen’s Plate nominees of his own. That group is lead by the stakes-winning colt Jurojin. 

The Queen’s Plate is scheduled for Sunday July 2 at Woodbine Racecourse in Toronto.
Awesome Again Daughter Storms to Another Stakes Victory


The Awesome Again daughter Winter proved best in the $75,000 Maryland Racing Media Stakes at Laurel Park on February 18, her second consecutive stakes victory

Watch the Maryland Racing Media Stakes

Winter has now won four of five starts since being transferred to trainer Cal Lynch in September. She looked good scoring her first stakes win last time out in the Nellie Morse Stakes at Laurel and may have been even better Saturday, scoring by 4 1/4 lengths.

Winter was in contention throughout the Maryland Racing Media, took the lead in upper stretch under Trevor McCarthy, and pulled away.

"It just seems the farther she goes, the better," McCarthy said.

Winter completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.95. She is now unbeaten in three starts this year an is 5-for-11 lifetime with earnings of $181,330. She is owned by Mathew Schera, who purchased the attractive gray from the Adena Springs consignment at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Florida Two-Year-Old in Training sale.

"We'll probably give her a little time between this and her next race," Lynch said. "We might try the turf with her too in the spring."

-edited from www.drf.com
- photo - Jim McCue (Nellie Morse S.)

Stronach Stables 'Rising Star' Delta Prince Impresses Again


Stronach Stables homebred Delta Prince backed up his ‘TDN Rising Star’ designation with a popular off-the-pace score at Gulfstream on February 18.

Third while green on debut Oct. 2 at Belmont, the striking dark bay went one better Nov. 12 at Aqueduct before jumping forward with a dominant four-length triumph when switched to the turf here Dec. 26. Off as the 6-5 chalk in this spot, the son of Street Cry settled in fourth off a contested :23.21 quarter and :47.21 half. Advancing menacingly three-wide on the far bend, Delta Prince swept up to challenge longshot frontrunner Alasaal (War Front) in deep stretch and edged by late for a neck triumph.

It was a fitting win for the half-brother to multiple Eclipse Champion Royal Delta, who was tragically died on February 10 after foaling a Galileo filly in Ireland. Delta Prince won the last race on the Saturday Gulfstream Park card that featured the Grade 2 Royal Delta Stakes. 

-edited from www.thoroughbreddailynews.com
-photo - Leslie Martin

Another 'TDN Rising Star' For Ghostzapper


Proctor's Ledge, a three-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper, was ultra impressive in scoring her second straight victory at Gulfstream Park on February 18. The Thoroughbred Daily News took notice and awarded her with a 'Rising Star' medal.

Watch Proctor's Ledge's win

Racing in the colors of her breeder Patricia L. Moseley, Proctor’s Ledge blew up the tote at 49-1 last time when donning cap and gown going nine panels on Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup International Day Jan. 28.

Off a touch slowly from the rail in the February 18 Gulfstream Park Allowance event, the 3-1 shot was content to bide her time at the back while hugging the fence through early splits of :23.88 and :48.03. Taken off the pine into the home bend, she began to inch forward under a very quiet Corey Lanerie, swung wider still into the lane and was ridden out to gallop home as she pleased, scoring by 3 1/4 lengths while getting her final quarter in :23 flat, according to Trakus.

Proctor's Ledge is a half sister to the Stakes-placed Mission Driven (by Awesome Again). Her second dam, Aliata is a full sister to the late stallion Storm Boot.

The winner adds further fuel to Ghostzapper's white-hot start to 2017. Also his resume this year are a pair of Triple Crown contenders in San Vicente S. (G2) hero Iliad and unbeaten Kentucky Derby favorite McCraken, who set the new track standard in the Sam F. Davis S. (G3) on February 11.

-edited from www.thoroughbreddailynes.com
-photo - Leslie Martin

Frank Stronach to be Honored with E.P. Taylor Award of Merit at 2017 Sovereign Awards Ceremony


The Jockey Club of Canada Board of Stewards is proud to announce that Frank Stronach will be presented with the E.P. Taylor Award of Merit for his longtime involvement and commitment to Thoroughbred Racing in Canada.

A Member of The Jockey Club of Canada for over 20 years, Frank Stronach, has been involved in Thoroughbred racing for many years and subsequently established Adena Springs Farms which owns horse breeding farms in Kentucky and Canada as well as a training facility in Florida.

Frank Stronach is the Founder and Honorary Chairman of The Stronach Group Inc. and serves as a Partner and Consultant of Stronach & Co.  He was the Founder of Magna E-Car Systems of America Inc.  Mr. Stronach founded Magna Steyr AG & CO KG in 1968.  He was the Founder of Magna International Inc.  and served as its consultant.   He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Magna Entertainment Corp until April 2009.

Mr. Stronach is the owner of The Stronach Group which specializes in horse-racing entertainment and owns and operates some of the most prominent racetracks in the United States.  Among his early successes was his partnership with Nelson Bunker Hunt in the filly Glorious Song who was voted the 1980 Sovereign Award for Canadian Horse of the Year.

Frank Stronach (Adena Springs) have earned over ten Eclipse Awards.  He earned the first of three consecutive Eclipse Awards for Outstanding Owner in 1998 and added a fourth in 2008.  Frank was handed the Eclipse award for Outstanding Breeder in 2000 and Adena Springs was honored with an unpredictable five straight Eclipse Awards for Outstanding Breeder from 2004-2008 and again in 2010 and 2012.  Frank’s operation is the first in history to be named Outstanding Breeder seven times in one decade. Adena Springs was also the Leading Breeder by earnings in North America for ten consecutive years 2003-2012.  In addition, Frank has taken home over 19 Sovereign Awards.

The Stronach Group was pleased and proud to announce that inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup held on January 28, 2017 at Gulfstream Park – the world’s richest Thoroughbred race was the first event of its kinds in Thoroughbred racing and was designed to promote the sport of horse racing while creating a lucrative opportunity for owners of World Class Thoroughbreds.

The unique and innovative Pegasus World Cup - the vision of Frank Stronach, Founder and Honorary Chairman of the Stronach Group, attracted the world’s biggest stars while promoting and generating excitement and worldwide attention for Thoroughbred racing.

The Stronach Group  are one of the world’s leading horse track operators and suppliers of pari-mutual wagering technology, offering their customers the thrill and entertainment of live Thoroughbred racing and wagering at racetracks across America.  Their racetracks include Santa Anita Park “The Great Race Place”, Pimlico Race Course, home of the legendary Preakness, and the spectacular Gulfstream Park, one of Florida’s newest entertainment destinations.

The recipient of the E.P. Taylor Award of Merit is decided by The Jockey Club of Canada Board of Stewards and is not necessarily awarded annually.  Previously called the Man of the Year Award, The E.P. Taylor Award of Merit is earned by those who have positively impacted or contributed to the Thoroughbred Industry in Canada

The Jockey Club of Canada will host the 42nd Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony to honor and celebrate the Canadian Champions of 2016 and Canada’s 2016 Horse of the Year in Canada on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Palais Royale in Toronto, Ontario.

Even if you are not a finalist, you’re invited to come and have fun and celebrate with the 2016 Champions of Thoroughbred Racing in Canada.

This year’s event will be held two days prior to the start of Thoroughbred racing in Canada with Woodbine Racetrack’s 2017 Thoroughbred season beginning at 1:00 pm (EST), Saturday, April 15, 2017

Tickets to the 42nd Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony are currently being offered at an Early Bird price of $200 each and Tables of 10 are $2000.   The prices will go up on March 15, 2017 to $250 each or Tables of 10 at a slightly discounted value of $2400.   All tickets are plus applicable taxes and must be reserved in advance by contacting The Jockey Club of Canada at 416-675-7756or email: jockeyclub@bellnet.ca.

The Jockey Club of Canada was founded in 1973 by E.P. Taylor to serve as the international representative of the Canadian Thoroughbred industry. The mission of The Jockey Club of Canada is to promote and maintain a high standard for Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Canada at a level which is recognized internationally for the benefit of all those interested in the sport including the general public by operations and services such as, but not limited to: evaluating all Graded, Listed and Black-type races in Canada annually; conducting the annual Sovereign Awards for outstanding achievement in Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Canada; maintaining a field office in Canada for the Jockey Club of the United States and the Jockey Club Registry Service; and by representing Canada as a Member of the IFHA.
Triple Crown Contenders Powering Ghostzapper in 2017


Ghostzapper, whose sons swept last weekend’s graded stakes for Kentucky Derby hopefuls, is off to a fantastic start to 2017.

The Adena Springs stallion ranks second on the general sire list by earnings for 2017 and leads all active sires in that category, fueled by Shaman Ghost’s runner-up effort in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup to champion Arrogate, by the late Unbridled’s Song.

Shaman Ghost earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 112 for that effort – the top number of Ghostzapper’s stud career and the second-highest of 2017, behind only Arrogate’s 119. The Pegasus is the brainchild of Frank Stronach, who stands the homebred Ghostzapper and his sire, Awesome Again, and campaigns Shaman Ghost as a homebred.

Shaman Ghost isn’t the only runner fueling Ghostzapper early this season, however, as he already has two graded-stakes-winning 3-year-olds. McCraken, among the early favorites for the spring classics, remained undefeated with a track-record-setting performance in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes on Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs. A day later, Iliad won the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita.

Both earned Beyers of 95 that rank among the top five figures for 3-year-old males this season. They will take the next steps on the Kentucky Derby trail on March 11, with McCraken likely returning for the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby and Iliad stretching out in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes.

Ghostzapper was known for brilliant speed that he could carry a distance, with his top Beyers being the 128 he posted in winning the 2004 Philip H. Iselin at Monmouth and the 124 he earned in winning the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Lone Star, the latter securing his Horse of the Year title.

While those figures set a high bar, Ghostzapper is passing class on to his own progeny. On DRF’s Beyer Sire Performance Standings, he ranked in the top 20 active sires of 2016 by individual runners to earn figures of 90 or higher. In total, 6.1 percent of his progeny reached that mark last year. Interestingly, Ghostzapper’s half-brother City Zip, standing at Lane’s End, has a nearly identical figure for that category at 6.2 percent.

Like City Zip – who has sired Eclipse Award winners routing on turf and sprinting on dirt – versatility has been a hallmark of Ghostzapper’s stallion career. Shaman Ghost and Moreno both won major route events in New York, and McCraken and Iliad will look to follow that path as the distances get longer on the Derby trail.

However, Ghostzapper is also the sire of several notable sprinters, led by champion Judy the Beauty and Eclipse Award finalist Paulassilverlining. Ghostzapper is also the sire of Grade 1 turf-stakes winner Za Approval and stakes runners such as Hunters Bay and Mr Maybe.

With Ghostzapper and City Zip both prominent among Kentucky sires, another half-brother, City Wolf, looks to join the fold this year. The graded-stakes-winning Adena Springs homebred moved to the operation’s Kentucky base this year after beginning his stud career in Florida; his first foals are juveniles this year.

-edited from www.drf.com/Nicole Russo

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