$400,000 Ghostzapper 2YO Filly Topper at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale


A filly by Ghostzapper will be joining the Tom Amoss barn after bloodstock agent Lauren Carlisle went to $400,000 to secure hip 205 on behalf of owner Temple Webber.

“She is beautiful,” Carlisle said after signing the ticket on the youngster. “I loved her top line and her breeze was very impressive. She had a great shoulder and hip to match, so all the angles were there.”

The dark bay is out of stakes winner I’m Mom’s Favorite (Indian Charlie) and her third dam is multiple Grade I winner Tout Charmant (Slewvescent). She worked a furlong during last week’s under-tack show in :10 2/5.

“That was my last bid,” Carlisle admitted. “I was lucky to get her, but we stretched.”

That was a refrain Carlisle has found common all season long at the juvenile sales. “It’s hard to buy the ones you want,” she said. “Everybody is on the same ones, so you’ve got to pray when you go to bid that you’re going to be able to get what you want. The good ones sell.”

The dark bay filly was consigned to the Timonium sale by Pelican State Thoroughbreds.

“She is just beautiful,” Pelican State Thoroughbreds’ Terry Gabriel said. “Just about everybody in the place was interested in her.”

Gabriel purchased the filly on behalf of David Fennelly’s Mountmellick Farm for $185,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October sale.

“We just thought she had a lot of potential in front of her,” Gabriel explained. “She was sort of a late foal [Apr. 28]. She was a big, gawky-looking filly that wasn’t really put together back in October. We hoped that she would arrive here today looking like she did and she did. You’ll read about her again. She is special.”

An Irish native, Fennelly worked as a groom at Spendthrift when he first came to the U.S. and he is now building his own commercial broodmare band at his 600-acre Mountmellick Farm in Georgetown.

Of Fennelly’s pinhooking venture, Gabriel explained, “He basically does that because of me. Anything that I sort of want to do, he’ll let me do. It’s been enjoyable for us.”

The filly’s final price tag was a career mark for Gabriel. “It was right up there,” he said. “I can’t recall the numbers at this point, but it’s at least as strong as I’ve ever sold one for. I don’t do that many pinhooks--I have just two today. But I was so excited. I just loved her. It was easy for me to promote her because I could stand in front of her and tell people you can send her to the track tomorrow and she is going to be that for you, day in and day out. She has it all in front of her.”

One day earlier Ghostzapper was represented by his 68th blacktype winner (11%/starters) when his 3-year-old son Visitant captured the $75,000 Alcatraz Stakes.

-edited from www.thoroughbreddailynews.com
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 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.

The following afternoon in Maryland a Ghostzapper filly was purchased for $400,000, the highest priced paid for a filly at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Old in Training sale.

-edited from www.goldengatefields.com

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 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


Mucho Amor is Latest Mucho Macho Man Stakes Winner with Seattle S. Romp


Northwest newcomer Mucho Amor delivered a sensational Emerald Downs’ debut Sunday, romping to a six-length victory over Alittlelesstalk in the $50,000 Seattle Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

Ridden by Juan Hernandez, Mucho Amor covered six furlongs in 1:09.76 and paid $3.80, $2.80 and $2.20. Blaine Wright is the winning trainer for Dave Mowat’s Ten Broeck Farm.

A Kentucky-bred by 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man, Mucho Amor earned $25,300 to increase her earnings to $92,590. Her overall record is 3-0-0 in five starts, including a maiden special weight win at Keeneland and a recent allowance victory at Golden Gate.

“Someone asked me this morning why I brought (Mucho Amor) up here,” Mowat said in the winner’s circle. “Number one I live here, and number two I have great respect for the industry up here and want to do anything I can to help it.”

The only anxious moments were prior to the race, when Mucho Amor was a bit reluctant to load.

“She was a little nervous before the race, but once the gate open she ran great,” said the Golden Gate-Fields-based Hernandez, now 4-2-0 in seven stakes engagements at Emerald Downs. “This is like my second home here. Winning stakes, how can you not like it.”

Mucho Amor pressed the pace while four-wide into the turn, gained command nearing the five-sixteenths marker and drew off steadily to the wire.

-edited from www.emeralddowns.com

Summer Sunday Top Silent Name Exacta in $100,000 Ballade S.


It was a super spring Saturday for Summer Sunday as the four-year-old filly added the $100,000 Ballade Stakes to her resume in her Woodbine comeback.

With her Ontario Sires Stakes romp in the six-furlong distaff feature, the Silent Name-Dancing Allstar filly is now a four-time stakes winner from seven starts for trainer Stuart Simon and owners Anne and William Scott.

Back racing at Woodbine for the first time since winning last year's Fury Stakes in late-April, Summer Sunday pressed the pace through a :22.89 quarter before taking over command from early leader Without a Doubt approaching the half-mile mark in :45.65. She then rebuffed the challenge of defending Ballade Stakes champion Scotty's Model down the stretch to score by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:08.57.

“We've been working in the morning right beside other horses, teaching her how to relax and she showed it today,” said winning jockey Rafael Hernandez. “She broke good and we let the other horse set the pace. We just sat right next to her like we do in the morning and I was loaded at the three-eighths. When it was time to go, I just let her go and she just did her thing.”

Summer Sunday paid $7.80 to win as the slight 5-2 second choice to another Silent Name daughter, graded winner Silent Sonet, who stalked the pace and edged out Scotty's Model by a neck to take second-place honors.

Summer Sunday previously earned stakes wins in the Nandi and Muskoka during a perfect three-race juvenile campaign at Woodbine. The promising miss, whose sophomore season was cut short after the Fury, returned to action last month at Keeneland before adding to her perfect local record today.

“She had a lower body injury that kept her out as we were preparing for the Oaks,” said Simon, explaining the layoff. “It was disappointing. The vets thought we should give her two to three months and with Mr. and Mrs. Scott's patience, we said let's give her six months and really make sure and I am glad we did. We have our horse back and she's just been a real gift. I said she's never been better and I think she proved me right now. She's just a dream because she'll run on, and she'll run on different surfaces too so it's pretty nice.”

Bred in Ontario by Trinity West Stables, Summer Sunday is now five-for-seven lifetime with earnings soaring over the $300,000 mark.

-edited from www.paulickreport.com

Ghostzapper's Runaway Ghost Coasts to Sixth Stakes Victory


Runaway Ghost, who won the 2018 Sunland Derby, came back home from Kentucky to conquer Saturday's, 60th running of the Sunland Park Handicap at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. 

The four-year-old son of Ghostzapper has won three of four starts this year and six stakes races in his burgeoning career.

Runaway Ghost won the $150,000, 1 and 1/8th miles race in a time of 1:48.1 and did so with plenty of room to spare as second-place finisher Lookin At Lee was 5 and 1/4 lengths back. Lookin at Lee was second in the 2017 Kentucky Derby. American Dubai was third and was edged by Lookin at Lee near the wire. 

"Runaway Ghost is so talented and he really responded with a great effort," winning trainer Todd Fincher said. "It was nice to see him come back with such a great effort. He's the best horse I've trained."

The winning jockey was Santiago Gonzalez, who has ridden Runaway Ghost to all three wins at Sunland Park. Runaway Ghost has now won 7 of 11 starts and Fincher indicated that his next start will be out of state. 

Runaway Ghost, who was the 1-2 favorite at post time, earned $90,000 for owner Joe Peacock of San Antonio. He's now earned $744,224 in his 11-race career.
Point of Entry Colt Brings $360,000 at OBS April


A colt from the third crop by Point of Entry commanded a final bid of $360,000 at the 2019 OBS April Two-Year-Old in Training sale. 

The flashy bay was a homerun pinhook for Jack Hirsch who purchased the colt at last year's for $50,000 at the Fasig-Tipton July Yearling auction. Turned over to Eddie Woods, the colt posted an impressive work during the breeze shows, zipping a quarter mile in :21 flat. 

Sold as Hip #569, the colt is out of the Unbridled's Song daughter See Me Dance whose first four foals of racing age have all found the winner's circle. 

Point Of Entry ranks as the leading Third Crop sire of 2019 lead by UAE Derby (G2) winner Plus Que Parfait a leading Kentucky Derby contender. 

$600,000 Ghostzapper Colt at OBS April Sale


Consignor Julie Davies was all smiles in the Ocala Breeders' Sales pavilion April 25 when Donato Lanni, working as agent for Stetson Racing, went to $600,000 for her Ghostzapper colt consigned as Hip 789 to the OBS Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training.

"You go in hoping this could happen," Davies said. "I knew he could possibly bring that money, but did I expect it to go that high? No, I didn't. It's amazing."










Bred in Kentucky by Brent Douglas Wilson and Douglas Wilson, the colt was produced by Underwater, a French group 2 stakes-placed daughter of Theatrical. The mare has already produced group 3-placed Investissement and stakes-placed No Joy and is also the granddam of group 3 winner Soleil Marin. 

Purchased by Brian Graves on behalf of Clear Ridge Stables for $110,000 from St George Sales as a short yearling at the 2018 Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, the colt first caught the eye of Davies at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. 

Although she did not bid on the striking bay, the colt was eventually bought back on a final bid of $80,000. 

"He RNA'd, and I approached them and asked if I could train him," Davies said. "I had shortlisted him— that's how I saw him. I just really liked the horse when I saw him, so I said, 'Well, there's no harm in asking.' They let me buy a leg." 

During the breeze show, the colt worked an impressive eighth-mile in :09 4/5. "He's never done anything wrong," Davies said. "He's been an absolute perfect horse to train."

Earlier in the sale agent Andrew Cary purchased a Ghostzapper filly for $380,000 on behalf of Coteau Farm LLC. The filly breezed in :10.1 and was offered by Best of Luck Farm LLC.

-edited from www.bloodhorsedaily.com, Tibor photo 

Future Adena Springs Stallion Delta Prince Crowned a Grade 1 Winner & Millionaire at Keeneland


Stronach Stable's homebred Delta Prince, last at the head of the stretch, roared past longshot Clyde's Image in deep stretch to win the 31st running of the $300,000 Maker's 46 Mile (G1) for 4-year-olds and up by 1½ lengths before a Friday afternoon crowd of 14,675 at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.

Defending Maker's 46 Mile champion Heart to Heart and Great Wide Open (IRE) swapped the lead through fractions of :24.25, :47.79 and 1:11.98 while Delta Prince lagged at the back of the field under Javier Castellano.

At the top of the stretch, Qurbaan made the first run at the leaders, coming three wide, and was soon joined by Clyde's Image to his outside. Those two hooked up at the sixteenth pole, but rallying fastest of all on the far outside was Delta Prince, who drew off at the wire.

Trained by James Jerkens, the royally-bred Delta Prince covered the mile on a turf course rated as good in 1:35.97. It is the second victory in the race for Jerkens, who won in 2005 with eventual Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) champ Artie Schiller.

The red-hot Castellano, who won his fifth graded stakes (and second Grade 1 race) of the meet, has four wins in the race. 
"I tried to take my time with the horse and let the race develop—horses were going quickly," Castellano told Keeneland media. "Then I liked the way he finished. He finished really, really well."
Albin Jimenez, rider of runner-up Clyde's Image, also spoke highly of the winner. "(Clyde's Image) gave me everything he's got. He lugged a bit, but it didn't matter. (Delta Prince) is a super horse. We were second-best."

A future Adena Springs Kentucky stallion, Delta Prince is a 6-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Street Cry (IRE) out of the A.P. Indy mare Delta Princess. He is a half-brother to champion Royal Delta and to Crown Queen, winner of Keeneland's 2014 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1). Delta Prince's Maker's 46 Mile victory was worth $180,000 and increased his earnings to $1,173,819 with a record of 13-5-3-4.

- edited from www.paulickreport.com

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