Session-Topping Ghostzapper Filly at Keeneland January


A lovely chestnut filly by Ghostzapper proved popular with yearling buyers on day two of the Keeneland January sale, hammering down for $225,000. The price is the highest paid for a yearling filly during Session 2.

Bred by Mulholland Springs and Tom Grether Farm, Inc, the filly is out of the winning Big Brown mare Lovely Daughter, a half-sister to Princess Rooney S. (G1) heroine Starship Truffles, one Ghostzapper's 11 Grade 1 winners. 

She was offered through the Mulholland Springs consignment as Hip #425. Bradley Thoroughbred, agent signed the $225,000 ticket

Ghostzapper was also represented by a six-figure colt during Session 2, Hip #705, who commanded $100,000. The bay colt was purchased by Jeff Amorello from the consignment of Stuart Morris.

2YO Sir Winston is Awesome Again's Latest Stakes Winner


The Awesome Again son Sir Winston forged to the lead in the final turn and held off a familiar foe to earn his first stakes victory in the $100,000 Display for two-year-olds on Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack.

The Mark Casse-trained chestnut colt, who had to share the spotlight in his maiden-breaking win on September 12 dead-heating with Inclusive, claimed sole ownership of the Display Stakes title finishing one length in front of that foe during Sunday’s 1-1/16 mile feature.

With blinkers added, Sir Winston and Jerome Lermyte followed race leader D Magician through early fractions of :25.21 and :49.95 before launching their attack heading towards three-quarters in 1:13.36 with 6-5 favourite The Boss Factor looming three-wide. Sir Winston struck the front in the final turn and held clear of the late-closing Inclusive for the 1:45.02 victory. Global Access was within striking range throughout and came through inside of The Boss Factor down the stretch to snag third-place honors.

“I thought there would be some speed,” said Lermyte after the race. “I thought maybe one or two more. They didn’t come early so it was perfect for me. I just didn’t want to be behind one that would stop so I made the decision to come out a little bit, but the trainer asked me to be a little bit closer today and it paid off.”

Sir Winston, who finished third when making his stakes debut last time out in the Grade 3 Grey on October 21, now has two wins through his first five lifetime starts for owner/breeder Tracy Farmer.

“He’s been doing nothing else but improving and that’s awesome when you can get that feeling,” said Lermyte, who has been aboard the Awesome Again-LA Gran Bailadora colt for his last three races at Woodbine. “Even in the morning, he was giving us some very nice breezes in the morning, so we were very confident today.”

Awesome Again, the sire of 14 Grade 1 winners in his stellar career, has also been represented in 2018 by the new millionaire Graded Stakes winners Something Awesome and Bravazo, who is expected to make his start in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1).

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Milwaukee Brew's Kingsport Captures Third Sir Barton S.


Kingsport earned his third Sir Barton title on Sunday at Woodbine Racetrack with an impressive performance in the $100,000 stakes feature.

Trained by Sid Attard for Goldmart Farms and Royal Laser Racing, the six-year-old Milwaukee Brew-Green Jewel gelding first won the Sir Barton in 2015 and also took last year’s edition of the 1-1/16 mile event for Ontario-sired horses three years old and up.

Sent postward as the 8-5 favorite this time, Kingsport stalked the pace while racing on the outside in mid-pack as Silent Poet led the six-horse field through fractions of :24.92, :49.78 and 1:13.85. The defending champion then swept up three-wide outside of challenger Eskiminzin around the final turn and took off down the stretch to win by 3-3/4 lengths in 1:43.72. Stronach Stables' Silent Poet, winner of the Vice Regent Stakes and one of eight 2018 stakes winners by Milwaukee Brew's barnmate Silent Name, held on for second-place honors.

Kingsport is now a 9-time stakes winner of and nearly $700,000 in purses.

“He’s such a beautiful horse. He was in great shape. Like Sid told me, ‘He’s in great shape, just stay outside and be comfortable’ and I just wanted to be a great passenger.”

“He [Kingsport] came to this race like, oh my god, I’ve never seen this horse. Too bad the season is over,” said Attard, who praised Contreras’ for working out the winning trip.

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The Stronach Group’s Adena Springs Kentucky Names Ken Wilkins Stallion Sales Manager


Ken Wilkins will be returning to the team at Adena Springs Kentucky, effective immediately.

“We are very pleased that Ken, who has vast knowledge and experience in the stallion marketplace, will be part of our Kentucky operation,” said Donald Wells, farm manager and member of the Adena team for the past 12 years.  “We look forward to having Ken help build upon the strong foundation we have here at Adena Springs as we look towards the future with great optimism.”

Wilkins brings to Adena Springs experience gained by working with some of the leading stallion operations in the U.S.  

“I have always had great respect for the Stronach family and the team at Adena Springs.  Their accomplishments are among the strongest in the industry”, said Wilkins. The stallion roster at Adena Springs is a great mix of both proven and very promising young horses. Mucho Macho Man is off to a fantastic start, with his first crop now being represented by a potential Derby horse in the mix with Mucho Gusto, recent winner of the Bob Hope (G3).  Point of Entry is establishing himself as an important sire with many quality runners this year in his second crop. In addition, perennial top sire Ghostzapper continues to expand his influence as the sire of Adena Springs stallion Shaman Ghost, who is being introduced to Kentucky this year. Ghostzapper has also emerged as an important dam sire, as seen with this year’s Triple Crown winner, Justify.

For more information about stallion seasons at Adena Springs Kentucky, please contact Ken Wilkins at 859-699-4887 or email Ken at

Meet Mucho Macho Man's First Graded SW, Mucho Gusto


Jumping from a maiden race to a graded stakes is difficult enough, but Michael Lund Petersen's Mucho Gusto didn't get any breaks in the $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes (G3), either.
The Bob Baffert-trained Mucho Macho Man colt got squeezed a bit at the start of the seven-furlong dirt test Nov. 17, set a quick pace, and was still able to repel a two-pronged challenge in the turn to win by 1 1/2 lengths.

Under jockey Joe Talamo, Mucho Gusto dueled with Savagery early in the chute but established a one-length advantage in the backstretch and set fractions of :22.36 and :45.36 through a half-mile. Midway through the turn, Savagery pulled alongside the frontrunner, and last-out Sunny Slope Stakes winner Sparky Ville challenged three wide, third in the line of horses, while Extra Hope loomed behind.

Talamo sat unmoved in the saddle but went to work at the top of the lane, and Mucho Gusto dug in on the inside and never let his rivals by. Savagery couldn't get to Mucho Gusto but gamely held off Sparky Ville for the length of the stretch and finished second by a head. Extra Hope finished fourth, another three-quarters of a length back, while Owning came in a far-back fifth to complete the order of finish.

"I've been very excited to ride this horse," said Talamo, who also rode the colt in his debut victory Sept. 20 at Los Alamitos Race Course. "And after this race, I'd say I'm really impressed with him. We got sandwiched coming away from there, but he went on about his business.

"He ran well throughout. He was well within himself, with his ears up. When a horse would come to him, he'd pick it back up again. He's trained well right from the start, and he's showing his stuff in the afternoons."

"I lost time when he got sick, and this was a good race for him," Baffert said of Mucho Gusto. "He's a pretty cool horse. They went fast early, but when they came to him, he re-broke like the good ones do. I was with my assistant and I said, 'Here's when you find out what they're made of.'"

Mucho Gusto became Mucho Macho Man's first stakes winner as a sire. Bred in Kentucky by Teneri Farm and Bernardo Alvarez Calderon, out of the Giant's Causeway  mare Itsagiantcauseway, the chestnut colt now has $84,000 in earnings from his two starts. He was a $625,000 purchase by Petersen out of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale.

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A Two-Winner Weekend for Rookie Sensation


Making his second start, Suitedconnected launched a furious stretch run to capture a Maiden Special contest at a snow-dotted Woodbine Racecourse on November 16. The victory makes him the first winner for the exciting Adena Springs North stallion Rookie Sensation.

The 2-year-old gelding broke well from post 8 in the 7-furlong affair under Eurico Rosa Da Silva, who allowed his charge to settle into a smooth rhythm in the early going. Da Silva asked the question rounding the far turn and Suitedconnected answered, passing rivals while being floated five wide. Once he straightened for home Suitedconnected powered past his remaining competition and caught White Wedding at the wire for the victory.

Suitedconnected was bred by Domenic Triumbari and races in the colors of Joe Triumbari. His dam is the One Way Love daughter Kaleidascope. 


Two days later it was the Adena Springs homebred Rookie Sensation filly Glittering Snow who found the winner's circle at Woodbine. 

The Kevin Attard-trainee was making her third start in the 7-furlong Maiden Special contest over Woodbine's Tapeta surface. She broke with intention  from post 7 with Euro Rosa Da Silva in the irons. The grey filly, well-named for the winter scenery at the track, attended the pace set by Call Me Mrs G through fractions of :23.64 and :46.66. She collared her pace rival at the top of the lane and established a clear advantage at mid-stretch. Glittering Snow was then engaged by favored Pink Scribbles but held that one at bay, winning by a neck at the wire. 

Rookie Sensation was a flashy winner of the Twilight Derby (G2) in his racing days and holds a sire's pedigree being by the great Unbridled's Song from the female line that's produced the likes of A. P. Indy, Summer Squall and Lemon Drop Kid.

Stronach Stables Unbridled Juan Earns Second Straight Stakes Victory


Stronach Stables’ Unbridled Juan, stepping up in place of his multiple graded-stakes winning stablemate Something Awesome, sat a stalking trip before pouncing in the stretch and holding off a resurgent Dalmore to win Saturday’s $100,000 Richard W. Small at Laurel Park.

The 1 1/8-mile Small, named for the successful and colorful longtime Maryland trainer and ex-Green Beret who died of cancer at age 68 in April 2014, anchored five stakes worth $500,000 in purses on a 10-race Salute the Troops Day program.

Unbridled Juan went the distance in 1:50.56 to earn his second straight stakes victory after a score in the Grover Buddy Delp Memorial S. at Delaware Park on October 17. He's now earned  $505,323.

Dalmore, exiting three straight graded-stakes including a runner-up finish in the 1 1/8-mile Cornhusker (G3) July 6, was hustled to the front by jockey Jose Ferrer and looked comfortable going the first quarter-mile in 24.41 seconds under modest pressure from Tour de Force.

Jockey Alex Cintron gave Unbridled Juan a clear run in third outside of Tour de Force before taking second after a half in 47.71. Cintron set his sights on the leader after straightening for home and put him in a drive to the wire as Dalmore dug in late before grudgingly giving way.

“This horse, he gets along with this track pretty good I think because of the wide turns,” Cintron said. “He got into the race early, and he just gave me everything in the end.”

Unbridled Juan is now 2-for-2 at Laurel, rallying to win a one-mile off-the-turf allowance by a head Aug. 3. 

“I think Unbridled Juan got the chance to show himself. He ran very well. This horse is improving. I’m just blessed to be part of this,” trainer Jose Corrales said. “I think they like the Maryland crabs or something, these horses. It must have something to do with it, because Maryland makes these horses get better.”

Unbridled Juan and Something Awesome (by Awesome Again) are among the six 2018 stakes winners for Stronach Stables. The Graded winners Delta Prince and Holy Helena (by Ghostzapper) are among the others

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Blood-Horse Q & A With Team Adena's Vicki Stacy


Vicki Stacy will work her 10th edition of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale with Adena Springs as sales coordinator and office and human resources manager, but she has been working the November sale since she was 15—a total of 33 years. Stacy expressed how much she's learned from her job and how memorable all the lessons have been, whether they were easy or hard. She looks forward to her job and enjoys working on the farm, a "little piece of heaven."

BloodHorse: What do you do to prepare for the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale?

Vicki Stacy: I keep a journal from one sale to the next, and I write down everything that has to be done for the duration of the sale, and I use that as a checklist. It helps me stay on track with deadlines. The process of preparing for any sale is the same, no matter if you have 10 horses or 100. From beginning to end, it always requires getting the entries request and submitting them, managing all of the proper paperwork, hiring sales help, outfitting sales personnel, ordering flowers, food, calling cards, halters, placing liens, organizing barn books, arranging night watch, and tracking that everything is in on time to meet deadlines.

BH: Who is your favorite horse you have shown or taken care of?

VS: Working with the horses here at Adena, I have had the privilege of being around some of the best ones. A great example would be Ginger Punch. She is homebred and raced very well for the Stronach Group. She was ultimately sold in foal to Bernardini  in 2009, but my office is still covered with her photos and racing silks. Another favorite would be Dreamtheimpossible, who we purchased from Keeneland back in 2010 in foal to Galileo. I still have her stall card. She sold in 2017 in foal to Street Boss.

But my favorite is 2000 Broodmare of the Year Primal Force. I could never say enough about this mare because she produced not one Breeders' Cup winner, but two for Adena Springs—Awesome Again  (bred by Frank Stronach in Ontario) and Macho Uno . I'm truly blessed to be able to have the opportunity to work with such great creatures.

BH: Are there any "do's and don'ts" of the sale you've learned?

VS: Do's would be to get to know the girls and guys at Keeneland. They're amazing people, and a cohesive relationship with them goes a long way, especially when you need help or extensions. Every sale, I make it a point to hand-deliver a snack tray to either the ladies in the office, who are always in the know and extremely helpful, or to the guys in the mailroom, who can be priceless in situations like running out of cards; they always get me back up and going.

Take care of the stable office employees. I love to joke around with them, as well as the sales pavilion staff as they are always there and are so patient. … Get to know the crew in the repository. They go the extra mile to help, so treat them well. They deserve it. Get familiar with the clientele, the pinhookers and the shortlisters. … Don'ts would be, don't wear your bad day on your face, don't forget to ask questions, and don't ever walk away from a potential buyer.

BH: What about your job do you think the readers would like to know?

VS: Unfortunately, it's just as hard in today's business to be a woman and recognized in the industry as it was when I began at the age of 15. I began like any other person, coming in before dawn at 5 a.m. I've worked with some of the best horse people in the business, from prepping yearlings to 2-year-olds. I've foaled mares and worked sales. They include Juddmonte, Eaton Sales, Ted Voute, Ronald Blake, Katalpa Farm, and Hidden Brook. Working not only for, but with, each of these farms over the years has been an incredibly vital part of who I am, because they've all served as 'horse educators' to me.

This is my 33rd year working the sales, and I can say without hesitation that I love it today as much as I did back in the '80s. To sum it up, I am incredibly thankful to work for such a program.

- originally published in the Blood-Horse Daily on November 8, 2018. Interview by Samantha Robinson

Spotlight Shines on Ghostzapper at Fasig-Tipton November


Ghostzapper was represented by a $300,000 weanling and a pair of high-priced broodmares at the annual Fasig-Tipton November sale.

Brookstone Farm held off all challengers to make the winning $300,000 bid on a Hip #106a sharp-looking Ghostzapper colt. The weanling is out the Stakes-placed mare Liza Too, a half-sister to one of Ghostzapper's recent stars, the multiple Grade 1 winner and Eclipse Award finalist Paulassilverlining. 

As the damsire of Triple Crown hero Justify and two other Grade 1 winners from a small number of starters, daughters of Ghostzapper are in high demand. So it was no surprise to see two other recent Ghostzapper stars change hands for big prices on Sunday night.

Grade 2 winner Faypien (Hip #240), who also placed in the Grade 1 Test S. at Saratoga en route to amassing a $444,775 bankroll, sold to Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings for $875,000.

Earlier in the evening, 2018 Graded Stakes winner Champagne Problems (Hip #172) was purchased as a racing/broodmare prospect by Stroud Coleman Bloodstock for $950,000. Winner of the Groupie Doll S. (G3) in August, the 4-year-old also ran a strong second to Blue Prize in the historic Spinster S. (G1) at Keeneland. She hails from a deep Bridledwood Farm family that includes the Grade 1 winners Southern Image, Turbo Compressor and Jolie's Halo.

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