Fall Begins with Two New Ghostzapper Stakes Winners


Superstar sire Ghostzapper began the fall racing season with two new blacktype winners during in a five day span.

At Gulfstream Park on September 30, his five-year-old daughter King's Ghost (pictured) stormed to a three-length victory in the $75,000 Monroe Stakes. Trained by Marty Wolfson for Miller Racing, the improving mare is also the latest blacktype winner bred and sold by Adena Springs. 

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Five days later at Presque Isle Downs, another Ghostzapper daughter, Cavalia,  scored in the $100,000 H. B. P. A. Stakes. She entered the race off a strong third in the Grade 2 Presque Isle Master Stakes in her stakes debut on September 18.

King's Ghost and Cavalia give Ghostzapper 12 blacktype winners in 2017 and they are among his 22 blacktype horses this year. 2017 marks the sixth straight season Ghostzapper has sired double-digit blacktype stakes winners and over 20 total blacktype stakes horses.

Explosive First Stakes Winner for Fort Larned


Blonde Bomber scored an impressive victory in the $75,000 Our Dear Peggy Stakes at Gulfstream Park, becoming the first stakes winner for Breeders' Cup Classic champion Fort Larned.

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"Nice seeing Blonde Bomber live up to the promise and talent-level many of us thought she had this summer," commented Gulfstream Park on-track host Jason Blewitt. "Nice Fort Larned filly for Arindel Farm."

The attractive gray placed in three of her first four outings, all at sprint distances. She broke through in her fifth start with a sparkling 4 1/2-length Maiden Special victory going six furlongs at Gulfstream on September 2.

Making her stakes debut in the one-mile Our Dear Peggy, Blonde Bomber broke well from post five and attended the early pace through a quarter mile in :24.96 and a half-mile in :48.30. Jockey Emisael Jaramillo gave his filly her cue midway around the far turn and she willingly assumed the lead. The pair coasted down the lane from there, greeting the wire with a 7 1/4-length advantage. 

Blonde Bomber is trained by South Florida veteran Stanley Gold and races in the colors of her breeder, Arindel Farm. She's out of the mare Girl Can Rock, a daughter of the former Adena Springs champion sire El Prado. 

'Slew' Awesome Again in G3 Ack Ack Stakes


Live Oak Plantation’s homebred Awesome Slew proved to be one of the nation’s top middle distance runners when he ran down up-and-comer The Player inside the final eighth of a mile to win Saturday’s stirring 25th renewal of the $100,000 Ack Ack (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.

Awesome Slew, ridden by Corey Lanerie and trained by Mark Casse, ran one mile in 1:35.02 to prevail by one length. It was another 9 ¼ lengths back to third-place finisher Pinson. The first prize was $59,520 and hiked Awesome Slew’s bankroll to $952,940 with a record of 16-5-4-3.

Awesome Slew is son of 1998 Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) winner Awesome Again out of the Seeking the Gold mare Slewfoundmoney. He was bred in Florida by his owner Charlotte Weber.

Awesome Slew had been facing a stellar roster of rivals in top seven-furlong and one-mile races this year. Transferred to the care of Casse in February, Awesome Slew defeated multiple Grade I winner A.P. Indian in the seven-furlong Commonwealth (GIII) at Keeneland. He also had strong efforts when second to Limousine Liberal in the Churchill Downs (GII) on Kentucky Derby Day, Sharp Azteca in the Gulfstream Park Handicap (GII), Drefong in Saratoga’s Forego (GI) and Mind Your Biscuits in the Belmont Sprint Championship (GII). Awesome Slew also finished fourth behind Mor Spirit and Sharp Azteca in the one-mile Metropolitan Handicap (GI) at Belmont Park.

Following his performance Saturday, it appears that Awesome Slew will head west for the $1 million Las Vegas Dirt Mile (GI) at Del Mar on Friday, Nov. 3. Three of the last four Ack Ack winners – Pants On Fire (2013), Tapiture (2015) and Tom’s Ready (2016) – used the race as a springboard to the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, as well.

Warrior’s Club and Pinson battled for the early Ack Ack lead and directed the field of nine 3-year-olds and up through early fractions of :23.07 and :46.50 as The Player tracked in third and Awesome Slew raced in sixth. Warrior’s Club began to fade midway around the turn as The Player poked his head in front. Lanerie dropped his hands and asked Awesome Slew for his best run and the 4-year-old quickly began to pick off rivals with a five-wide rally before drawing even with The Player at the eighth-mile pole.

“Turning for home I had a ton of horse under me,” Lanerie said.

The seasoned Awesome Slew’s class was undeniable in deep stretch as he edged clear from The Player, who proved to be a fascinating challenger.

“That horse (Awesome Slew) outran him,” said The Player’s trainer “Buff” Bradley. “He was running – they both were running.”

“The goal for this spot was to give him an easier race,” said Norman Casse, assistant to his father Mark. “He’s been facing some of the best sprinters in the country so he needed to build his confidence back up. He did everything well today and the distance was perfect. There’s still some discussion to be had but right now we’ll point towards the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

- edited from www.churchilldowns.com, photo by Coady

1st Mucho Macho Man Yearlings in High Demand at Keeneland


A quartet of yearlings from the first crop by Breeders' Cup Classic champion Mucho Macho Man commanded six-figure bids at the 2017 Keeneland September sale.

Hip #3213 - $170,000
The highest-selling colt of the September 20 session. He hails from the prolific female family of two-time Canadian Horse of the Year Chief Bearhart. Select Sales consigned the tremendous colt, Michael Neatherlin signed the ticket. 

"My client was concerned when he was catalogued in Book 5, but I reassured her, because he's such an outstanding physical," said Carrie Brogden of Select Sales. "He had 10 scopes. He was vetted tons of times... He was the real deal. When he came in the back ring he just owned it and people swarmed him. We were thrilled and really beside ourselves. There was so much interest in him and Ciaran Dunne was the direct underbidder on him and was not too happy that he didn't get him, that's for sure."

Hip #1810 - $135,000
This filly is out of the Stakes-placed Rock Hard Ten mare Raucous Lady. Consigned by Hidden Brook Farm, she was purchased by agent Hal Hatch.

Hip #1821 - $110,000
A filly out of multiple Graded Stakes winner Rite Moment, the dam of multiple Stakes winner Moment is Right. She was purchased by Southcoast Bloodstock Agent out of the Woodford Thoroughbreds consignment.

Hip #727 - $100,000
Famed Darby Dan Farm sold this colt out of the Stakes-placed Pure Prize dam Severn Shore. Jackpot Farm was the winning bidder. 

These stellar yearlings come after a $140,000 Mucho Macho Man colt at the Fasig-Tipton New York-Bred Preferred auction and his $120,000 colt sales topper at Barretts August.

$175,000 Macho Uno Colt at Keeneland September


Hip #2359, an Adena Springs-bred Macho Uno colt caught the eye of some sharp bidders during Session 7 of the Keeneland September Yearling sale. When the dust settled the attractive grey sold for $175,000.

The colt has every right to be a good one. He's out of the mare Black Lace, by dual Classic winner Afleet Alex, and a half-sister to Macho Uno's five-time Grade 1 winner Private Zone. A little further back in the pedigree are the likes of two-time Canadian Horse of the Year Chief Bearhart. Golf '18 signed the ticket on the colt.

Adena Springs-bred, raised and sold Private Zone at the 2010 Keeneland September sale. 

In addition to Private Zone, Macho Uno is the sire of several other top-class runners including Grade 1 winners Wicked Style, & Macho Again and Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) hero Mucho Macho Man, whose first yearlings have been received at Keeneland September


$725,000 Ghostzapper Colt at Keeneland September


Hip #997, a colt by Hall of Famer Ghostzapper brought $725,000 during day four of the Keeneland September sale.

The handsome bay was purchased by Maverick Racing and China Horse Club from the Gainesway consignment. He's the second foal out of the Street Cry mare Any Why Not, a multiple Grade 1 performer.

"He's just a nice horse," said WinStar Farms's Elliot Walden. "He's a beautiful horse, well raised by Helen Groves...It's a great stallion-type family, so we'll see what happens."

The sale comes two days after Shadwell Estate purchased a Ghostzapper colt for $625,000.

Other Ghostzapper yearlings at Keeneland September have sold for $425,000, $375,000, $325,000, $320,000 and $310,000.

Ghostzapper's current crop of yearlings were bred on a $60,000 stud fee.

Ghostzapper is also the damsire of Hip #1041, the session four co-topper. His graded stakes-placed daughter Beloveda produced the $1 million colt by Scat Daddy. 

Ghostzapper Yearlings Popular at Keeneland: $625,000, $425,000, etc.


Hip #321, a colt by Ghostzapper, commanded a final bid of $625,000 during day two of the annual Keeneland September Yearling sale. Three others Ghostzapper yearlings sold through the first two days of the sale, all for over $300,000.

The $625,000 hip is a full brother to Ghostzapper's Breeders' Cup and Eclipse Champion Judy the Beauty. Shadwell Estate purchased the colt.

"He's a royally bred colt, that fella," consignor Peter O'Callaghan (Woods Edge Farm) said after the sale.

Other prominent owners were keen to buy in on Ghostzapper at North America's most important yearling auction. Rick Porter, who's raced such standouts as Havre de Grace and Songbird in the colors of his Fox Hill Farm, was winning bidder on a $425,000 colt during the sale's first session. On day two, Shortleaf Stable purchased a $375,000 colt and G. Watts Humphrey went to $310,000 to secure a Ghostzapper filly.

Through the first two days of the sale Ghostzapper's average is a stout $433,750 for yearlings bred on a stud fee of $60,000.

Silent Sonet is Silent Name's Newest Stakes Winner


The Silent Name filly Silent Sonet, a troubled third in her last start, rewarded the faith of  her backers here Sunday with an emphatic 6 ¼-length victory in the $125,000 La Prevoyante Stakes.

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The La Prevoyante a one-mile turf race for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies, attracted a field of eight and Silver Sonet ruled as the 1-2 favorite under new rider Eurico Rosa da Silva.

“I was very confident that my horse was going to run very big,” said Da Silva, who had become acquainted with Silent Sonet when he breezed her for trainer Nick Gonzalez nine days ago.

Listenlindalisten, who had upset Silent Sonet when the two last met in the off-the-turf seven-furlong Passing Mood here Aug. 2, was looking for her third consecutive stakes win and was sent to the front from her inside post.

Da Silva was taking no chances, however, and never let Listenlindalisten and jockey Patrick Husbands shake loose as he and Silent Sonet  tracked intently from second place.

 “I was waiting to see what Patrick was going to do,” said Da Silva. “We ended up in the perfect position.”

Listenlindalisten, the 3-1 second choice, carved out a half in :23.50 while one length in front and a half in :46.34 with a half-length advantage.

Hailey’s Prize and Cindervella raced within striking position heading into the far turn with the rest of the field well back.

Turning into the stretch, Hailey’s Prize was attempting to launch a bid from the outside but Da Silva gave Silver Sonet her head and it was all over but the shouting.

“In the turn, my horse was just galloping,” said Da Silva, who also won Saturday’s Ontario Debutante and is the leading rider in all categories including 22 stakes victories.

“When I asked her, she just broke from there.”

Silent Sonet is homebred who races for owner Ivan Dalos, did not see action at 2 and the La Prevoyante was her third win from five outings.

“She’s a big filly,” said Dalos. “I thought she was too big to be a 2-year-old runner. We just took it easy, knowing she was going to be a nice 3-year-old, and this is what she turned out to be.”

Silent Sonet is the fourth 2017 blacktype winner making him Canada's #1 sire of blacktype winners this year. His also the runaway leading juvenile sire in Canada for the second year in a row.

-edited from www.woodbineentertainment.com, photo by Michael Burns

Gamble's Ghost is Ghostzapper's 10th Stakes Winner of 2017


Gamble’s Ghost mounted a late bid to come from last at the three-quarter mark to take the $100,000 Belle Mahone Stakes on Saturday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack.

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Luis Contreras worked out the winning trip aboard the four-year-old Ghostzapper-Gambling Girl filly for trainer Josie Carroll and owner Ivan Dalos.

Gamble’s Ghost and Contreras followed in fifth-place along the rail early on tracking 3-2 favourite Ice Festival, a graded winner by Awesome Again, while Cced led the way through opening fractions of :25.08 and :50.33. After racing just outside of the leader, 22-1 longshot Silver Sidney took over command nearing three-quarters in 1:15.20 and the backfield began to fan out wide turning for home.

Meanwhile, Gamble’s Ghost was shuffled to the back of the six-horse field by the third quarter mark and staged a rally outside for a clear path in the stretch. She then downed Silver Sidney in the straightaway and drew off to a two and a quarter length victory in 1:44.83. Silver Sidney held on for second-place as Ice Festival closed inside for third. 

After the race, Carroll praised Contreras’s smart move aboard the filly to get her in a position to win.

“This filly does have a propensity for trouble, so if you find yourself in trouble, just make sure you get her clear,” said Carroll. “I could see he was stalking the one horse there and it didn’t look like it was going to open and he sacrificed a little bit of ground to get her out and did a very, very nice job with her.”

Gamble’s Ghost paid $6.10, $4.20 and $2.50 as the 2-1 second choice in the wagering following a fifth-place finish in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly Stakes contested on July 2 over 1-1/4 miles on the turf. She was successful for the second time in three starts this year returning to the Tapeta track where she was victorious on June 9 as well as in her past graded stakes wins.

“It was really simple with this filly,” said Contreras. “She likes to break and sit and relax and just see how the pace goes and go from there.

“I think she can run on the grass too, but she had a real bad experience on the trips… She seems like she loves the synthetic.”

Gamble’s Ghost earned her fifth career win from 13 starts and pushed her bankroll over $460,000. The multiple graded stakes winner was bred in Ontario by Tall Oaks Farm.

 “She always has been a nice horse,” said Dalos. “I try to breed good horses, as you know, and some of them turn out better than others, but I’ve been very fortunate to have nice fillies and I’ve got a couple of nice ones now on the ground and we just keep on trying.”

A Graded 3 winner at two and three, Gamble's Ghost is Ghostzapper's 10th blacktype winner in 2017. Among the others are seven Graded winners including the Grade 1 winners Shaman Ghost and Paulaussilverlining.

-edited from www.woodbineentertainment.com, photo by Michael Burns

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