Ghostzapper Colt Commands $400,000 at OBS April


Hip #27, a colt by Ghostzapper was hammered down for $400,000 during the opening session of the OBS April Two-Year-Old in Training sale. He was the second highest-priced colt of the day.

The colt was a successful pinhook having graduated from the Mulholland Springs consignment last September with a $175,000 price tag. RiceHorse (Brandon & Ali Rice) did the consigning in Ocala and agent Ian Brennan signed the ticket on behalf of Eric Fein.

The striking chestnut impressed in his 1/8 mile breeze a few days earlier gliding to a :10.1 final time (watch here).

"I loved his work," Brennan said of the juvenile's appeal. "I thought his work was very good and he galloped out nice. He covered a lot of ground. Then he showed a lot of class back at the barn. He's just a big smooth horse and very well-balanced. He was very professional."

The colt is out of the graded stakes-winning After Market daughter Volcat. He continues another successful juvenile season for Ghostzapper. At the OBS March progney of Ghostzapper sold for $800,000 and $460,000, respectively.

(photo by Lucas Marquardt)


Silent Name's 'Lokin' Finds 3rd Stakes Win in Woodstock S.


Lokinforpursemonee, patiently and confidently handled by Luis Contreras, rallied impressively to take the April 22 $115,800 Woodstock Stakes, at Woodbine.

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Owned and trained by John Ross, the bay son of Silent Name was making his seasonal debut in the six-furlong main track sprint for three-year-olds.

Contreras settled Lokinforpursemonee, the second-longest shot on the toteboard, near the back of the pack through the early stages of the Woodstock as Yorkton and another Silent Name colt, Marten River, set splits of :22.37 and :44.39 with heavy favourite Uncle B poised just to their outside.

Yorkton and Marten River were still one-two at the stretch call, but Contreras and Lokinforpursemonee were picking up steam and ground on their rivals with every step, going on to notch a 1 ¼-length victory. Uncle B, who was fractious in the gate, settled for second, while Yorkton was third. The final time was a brisk 1:09.16.

The pre-race plan Ross drew up worked to perfection.

"They told me he was going to come from off the pace,” noted Contreras. “He had so much confidence in the horse, that I just rode him the way he told me. He had a tremendous kick from the 3/8ths (pole) to the wire.

“I got a perfect race. I got a perfect trip. I was waiting for the 3/8ths to make my move. I asked him a little and he started to make his move by himself. Once I hit the quarter-pole, I just swung outside and he gave me everything.”

For Ross, it was a much more satisfying effort from the colt who concluded his two-year-old campaign finishing seventh and eighth, respectively, in the Cup & Saucer Stakes and Coronation Futurity. 

"He was the highest earner, the highest weight – he carried 123 pounds,” noted Ross, of last year’s Victoria Stakes and Simcoe Stakes champ. “He beat some good three-year-olds here. I’m so proud of this horse, being by Silent Name. The way that Luis rode him today, that was kind of our plan. We let the little speed go. If you look at his sprint races, he does want to come from behind. I know last year, I tried him going long and sometimes you have to try with the big money for the three-year-olds. It didn’t work, but we’re back to the good plan again.” 

Lokinforpursemonee, bred in in Ontario by Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms, banked $72,000 in victory while improving his record to 2-3-0 from seven starts. His career earnings now stand at $256,265.

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Broodmare of the Year Baby Zip Passes Away


2005 Broodmare of the Year Baby Zip (Relaunch–Thirty Zip, by Tri Jet) has died due to complications from laminitis, Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs Kentucky announced on April 20. Pensioned since 2012, the mare was living out her retirement at Adena Springs in Paris.

Baby Zip was bred in Kentucky by J. Robert Harris. A stakes winner at two, she was purchased privately by Stronach following the conclusion of her racing career. She produced her final foal in 2012 before being pensioned. In total, she is responsible for 8 winners from 12 starters with total progeny earnings of $4,787,646.

Baby Zip first achieved prominence as the dam of City Zip (Carson City), who captured the GI Hopeful S., among seven other stakes. The chestnut earned $818,225 on the racetrack and has made a significant impact as a stallion. Standing at Lane’s End, City Zip has enjoyed a run of recent success as the sire of Breeders’ Cup winners Finest City (2016 Filly and Mare Sprint), Catch a Glimpse (2015 Juvenile Fillies Turf), Dayatthespa (2014 Filly and Mare Turf) and Work All Week (2014 Sprint).

Baby Zip bolstered her reputation as the dam of Stronach homebred Ghostzapper (Awesome Again), who won nine of his 11 lifetime starts, including the 2004 GI Breeders’ Cup Classic, for Hall of Famer Bobby Frankel. After being named 2004 Horse of the Year and Champion Older Male, he wrapped up a career that saw him earn Hall of Fame honors in 2012. Ghostzapper has ranked prominently among leading North American stallions for the last decade and has made a noticeable mark recently as the sire of GI Kentucky Derby contender McCraken. Baby Zip was also responsible for City Wolf (Giant’s Causeway), who stands alongside Ghostzapper at Adena Springs Kentucky.

“Baby Zip’s influence on our stud book will remain prominent for generations to follow,” said Adena Springs’ General Manager Eoin Ryan. “It’s a rarity to produce a pair of stallions that have made such a strong impact on our breed–we’ll certainly miss having her around the farm.”

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$500,000 Point of Entry Colt at Tattersalls Craven Sale


A protracted battle between Angus Gold and Kevin Ryan for Lot 53, a lovely Point of Entry colt, goes the way of Shadwell at 390,000gns (about $515,000 USD). The price was the second highest of the opening session. He is yet another successful Keeneland pinhook, having cost Wycombe House $140,000 as a yearling. He was sold today by Malcolm Bastard.


"He is a beautiful mover," said the vendor. "He is a May foal so you would hope for some improvement, but he is a big strong horse with pace."

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Jake Warren was among the underbidders on the colt, a fine representation for his first-crop sire. He is also from a family that Shadwell know well as the half-brother to their Prix Daniel Wildenstein winner Taareef.

"We have the half-brother and he's a decent horse," said Gold. "This is our first Point Of Entry - the sire was a genuine top-class horse on turf.
"Sheikh Hamdan saw him breeze and liked him very much. He'll decide when he sees him who he'll go to."

The colt was bred by Dixiana Farms out of the stakes-placed Sacred Feather. He is out of Sacred Feather (Carson City), dam of the prix Daniel Wildenstein (G2) winner Taareef. His grand-dam Marianna's Girl, was the dam of 13 winners, six of which were black-type.
Point Of Entry, one of the last really good sons of Dynaformer to stud, stands at Adena Springs Farm in Kentucky for $20,000. He won nine starts for Shug McGaughey and breeder Phipps Stables, including the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, in which he beat Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach, Man O'War Stakes and the Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes. He now has $500,000-plus juveniles on both sides of the Atlantic and they're averaging $397,384, good for second in his sire crop.

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Fourth Sovereign Award for Sligo Bay's Lexie Lou


Lexie Lou is no stranger to Sovereign Award accolades having won Horse of the Year, Three-Year-Old Filly and Turf Female titles in 2014. She added another trophy at the April 13 Sovereign Awards ceremony where she was again named Champion Turf Female for her 2016 campaign.

The Gary Barber-owned mare was victorious is a pair of 2016 Grade 2 events, the Nassau Stakes and the Dance Smartly Stakes in which she sprinted to a wire-to-wire score. Lexie Lou closed out her sparkling career with a score in the Victoriana Stakes, upping her bankroll to $1,763,538. She also sold for $1 million as a broodmare at last year's Keeneland November sale. 
Sligo Bay was the sire of another 2016 Sovereign Award finalist in Neshama (3YO Filly) who, like Lexie Lou, captured the Woodbine Oaks.
Amis Gizmo Named Champion 3YO Male in Canada


After a spectacular 2016 campaign, Giant Gizmo's son Amis Gizmo was named Champion Three-Year-Old Male at the April 13 Sovereign Awards ceremony in Toronto.

The Ivan Dalos homebred was a dominant winner of the Prince of Wales Stakes, rolling by 5 3/4 lengths in the Canadian Classic. He also scored in the Plate Trial Stakes and Grade 3 Ontario Derby, galloping home by six lengths while establishing the new nine-furlong standard on the Woodbine main track. The colt was a Sovereign Award finalist in 2015 for his unbeaten juvenile season, finishing second in the voting for champion Two-Year-Old Male.

All told Amis Gizmo has won seven of his 10 career starts and earned over $800,000. All seven of his wins are stakes successes. He also helped secure Broodmare of the Year honors for his dam Galloping Ami.

Adena Springs Honored With 11th Outstanding Breeder Sovereign Award


It was a big night for Frank Stronach and his Adena Springs farm at the April 13 Sovereign Awards ceremony. Adena Springs was honored with an 11th Sovereign Award for Outstanding Breeder while Mr. Stronach was bestowed with the E. P. Taylor Award of Merit.

Runners bred by Adena Springs amassed at total of $7.4 million in earnings in 2016. Among the top Canadian-bred runners produced by the farm were Maple Leaf S. (G3) Ice Festival, a daughter of Awesome Again and a Sovereign Award finalist for champion Older Female. In addition, three of the 13 starters in the 2016 Queen's Plate were bred by Adena Springs - Graded winner Shakhimat (a Sovereign Award finalist in 2015) as well as the blacktype runners Esposito (by Ghostzapper) and Scholar Athlete. All three those colts were sold by Adena Springs at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Florida sale.

Adena Springs was proud to join the esteemed breeders Eugene Melnyk, Sam-Son Farm and Tall Oaks Farms as finalists. Only Ernie Samuel's Sam-Son Farm, with 12 Outstanding Breeder Sovereign Awards, has been honored more than Adena Springs.

Progeny of the Adena Springs North stallions Giant Gizmo and Sligo Bay were also named 2016 Champions at the ceremony.

Giant's Gizmo's outstanding son Ami's Gizmo took home honors for Champion 3YO Male. The Ivan Dalos homebred dominated last year's Prince of Wales Stakes, the second jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown, by nearly six lengths. He accounted for two other stakes victories, including the Ontario Derby (G3) and closed out his campaign with over $800,000 in career earnings. 

The Sligo Bay daughter Lexie Lou was named Outstanding Turf Female for the second time in three years. It was her fourth total Sovereign Award statue to go along with her 2014 Horse of the Year and 3YO Filly awards. Under the brilliant tutelage of trainer Mark Casse, she scored in a pair of Grade 2 events at Woodbine and closed out her stellar career with a flawless performance in the Victoriana Stakes. For an encore she sold for $1 million at the Keeneland November sale.


Paulassilverlining Is Ghostzapper's 10th Grade 1 Winner


Paulassilverlining proved the astute judgment of Juddmonte Farms' advisors April 8 in the $300,000 Madison Stakes (G1) at Keeneland, gamely defeating pacesetter Constellation in her first start for her new connections.

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The 5-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper, a private purchase by Juddmonte six weeks ago, ran for the first time since her Dec. 10 Garland of Roses score at Aqueduct Racetrack, which she earned after a third in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1). She was primed by trainer Chad Brown to claim her first grade 1, and finished seven furlongs in 1:23.68 under jockey Jose Ortiz.

"Obviously we have a stallion prospect at the moment in Arrogate," said Juddmonte manager Garrett O'Rourke. "We were thinking of bolstering the broodmare band with really solid dirt-type fillies, and this filly was one that we looked at last year and made a run at her this year, and were lucky enough to get her.
"I have to give credit to (former trainer) Michelle Nevin, who had the filly, and did an absolutely fantastic job with her. Chad was the first one to say that (Paulassilverlining) came to him in perfect order, and Chad put on the finishing touches on her." 

Ortiz kept 9-5 choice Paulassilverlining fourth in the three path as Constellation showed the field of nine older fillies and mares through opening fractions of :23.03 and :46.46. As three-quarters went in 1:10.90, Constellation swung wide off the turn and opened the door for Paulassilverlining to cut the corner and dive through.
Under strong urging, the bay mare hooked up with Constellation, who fought back with determination on the outside but in the end was edged by a neck. 

"She broke really well," said Ortiz. "When I cut the corner at the quarter pole, she kicked on.”

"I honestly thought (Constellation) was going to go by her, but I should have looked at (Paulassilverlining’s) previous record," said O'Rourke. "You can see how tough she is—she is as tough as nails. It’s great for her record now, she’s a grade 1 winner, she was Breeders’ Cup placed, and this adds huge merit to her broodmare value. I think she’s very deserving of it for how hard she tries, so I’m very delighted for her sake as well."

Paulassilverlining, who was bred in Kentucky by Vince Scuderi out of the winning Grindstone mare Seeking the Silver, became the 10th grade 1 winner for her Adena Springs sire. A half sister to grade 1 winner Dads Caps, she improved her record to 9-4-3 from 19 starts, with earnings of $1,188,950. She returned $5.60, $3.20, and $2.60. 

“I’m in a real fortunate spot today," Brown said. "We’ll probably point to Churchill (Downs) for the Humana Distaff (grade 1, May 6). We thought about that even before this race. I’ll speak to Garrett and she how she comes out of this race. We’re happy to have her.”

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Awesome Slew Closes Fast to Take Commonwealth S. (G3)


Live Oak Plantation's homebred Awesome Slew got his second graded stakes win on Saturday, closing like a freight train to win the Commonwealth S. (G3) on the big Blue Grass Stakes card at Keeneland. He crossed the wire 1 1/2 lengths in front of multiple Grade 1 winner A. P. Indian. A 4-year-old son of Awesome Again trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Joel Rosario, Awesome Slew covered the seven furlongs over Keeneland's fast main track in 1:22.31.

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Yockey's Warrior jumped out to the early lead but was quickly engaged and overtaken by Limousine Liberal along the inside.  Widest of all was A. P. Indian down the backstretch, nearly four paths off the rail, and Awesome Slew was second-last in the early going. Through fractions of :22.97 an :46.21, Limousine Liberal worked hard to keep in front of Yockey's Warrior.

Approaching the far turn, A. P. Indian came three-wide to mount his challenge on the leaders with Awesome Slew coming on strong from the rear of the field. Just as A. P. Indian cleared Limousine Liberal nearing the sixteenth pole, Awesome Slew used his giant strides to run down the new leader, drawing away to win by 1 1/2 lengths at the wire. A. P. Indian had to settle for second, and Limousine Liberal was able to hold third.

Bred in Florida by his owners, Awesome Slew is out of a Seeking the Gold mare. He has only been in the care of trainer Mark Casse for one prior start, and finished a strong second in the Hardacre Mile at Gulfstream Park. Overall, the sppedy colt has a record of four wins from 11 career starts, with earnings of over $500,000.

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