Ghoul's Night Out Is Ghostzapper's 70th Blacktype Winner With Laurel Stakes Score

Mens Grille Racing’s Ghoul’s Night Out, trained by Hamilton Smith and ridden by Jorge Vargas Jr.,......

Mens Grille Racing’s Ghoul’s Night Out, trained by Hamilton Smith and ridden by Jorge Vargas Jr., drove past A Great Time in deep stretch to win the $75,000 Jameela Stakes at Laurel Park.

Ghoul’s Night Out, a 5-year-old mare by Ghostzapper, covered the 5 ½ furlong course in 1:02.65. It was her first stakes victory and her first win on the turf in three attempts. The consistently brilliant Ghostzapper is now the sire of 70 blacktype winners lifetime, 11% from starters.

“She ran twice on the grass and handled herself pretty well both times,” Smith said. “It was a tough race, no doubt, but she came into the race real good and I expected her to run good. I didn’t think she’d win it, but I thought she’d run well.”

While Magician’squestion and Elevated Vision posted fractions of :22.16 and :45.27, Vargas rated Ghoul’s Night Out in fourth directly behind A Great Time, who drove past the pacesetters down the stretch to take the lead under jockey Trevor McCarthy. Despite a game effort by A Great Time, Ghoul’s Night Out managed to get up in the final yards for the victory.

“This filly always try for me,” Vargas said. “Today was a little bit of a step up because we had some fillies running in open stakes. But she was traveling so good. When I ducked her out she just went for it.”

Fear No Evil, the 1-2 favorite and facing Maryland-breds for the first time since last May after racing in six consecutive open stakes, rallied to finish third.

The Jameela is named for the Grade 1-winning millionaire Maryland-bred mare, who later gained fame as the dam of sprint champion Gulch.

-edited from www.laurelpark.com

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Ghostzapper's Champion Holy Helena Strikes Again on Queen's Plate Day

Two years after winning the Queen's Plate Stakes, Stronach Stables' homebred Holy Helena returned......

Two years after winning the Queen's Plate Stakes, Stronach Stables' homebred Holy Helena returned to Woodbine June 29 to capture the $175,000 Dance Smartly Stakes (G2) over seven other fillies and mares in the 1 1/4-mile grass test. The 5-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper is now a 6-time stakes winner of over $1.3 million.

Trained by Jimmy Jerkens, Holy Helena made her debut in the spring of her 3-year-old season. In only her third start, she captured the Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser and scored in the Queen's Plate one start later. Both races were run on the Tapeta track and helped her achieve the Sovereign Award for champion 3-year-old filly.

"I'm saying the Canadian air does a lot of good for her," proud owner Frank Stronach said after the victory.

Holy Helena did not race on turf until her first start at 4, and she has raced almost exclusively on the lawn since then. The dark bay/brown mare has twice won The Very One Stakes (G3T) at Gulfstream Park and also captured last year's Sheepshead Bay Stakes (G2T) at Belmont Park, a race she scratched from this year due to heavy rain.

With Javier Castellano aboard for the first time Saturday, Holy Helena took up second after breaking from the rail as the 6-5 favorite. Rock my Love sped to the lead and opened up by 3 1/2 lengths while setting fractions of :26.24, :51.41, 1:15.74, and 1:38.60 through a mile. Get Explicit made an early move and cruised up the rail to sit in second at the half-mile point, two lengths in front of Holy Helena.

Rock my Love still held the lead when the field straightened for home. Get Explicit tired as Holy Helena began her bid down the long stretch. The pacesetter was game but tired in front of the grandstand. Holy Helena kept on and fended off late runners to hit the wire in 2:02.08 on good turf, 1 1/4 lengths in front.

"I liked the way she did it today, the way she settled," said Castellano. "I didn't panic at the three-eighths because somebody moved outside me. I just sat still and made one run. The way she did it (was) phenomenal. The way she finished—unbelievable."

Stronach credited both Castellano and Stronach Stables racing manager Mike Doyle.

"Mike had her here for a week and a half, and I think things are great—they work well together," he said. "Javier is such a great rider. He didn't panic."

Holy Helena was bred in Ontario out of the Holy Bull mare Holy Grace and is a half sister to Amsterdam Stakes (G2) winner Holy Boss and Holyanna, a daughter of Point of Entry who scored an impressive debut victory at Woodbine on June 22. Holy Grace foaled a full brother to Holy Helena May 14. 

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com

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Macho Uno's More Than Good Lives Up To Name in $100,000 Karl Boyes Memorial S.

More Than Good was more than prepared for his stakes debut on short rest Monday night, leading the......

More Than Good was more than prepared for his stakes debut on short rest Monday night, leading the field home in the $100,000 Karl Boyes Memorial Stakes at Presque Isle Downs. The 5-year-old is the latest Stakes winner for the Adena Springs stallion Macho Uno, who's earned a strong reputation as a sire of talented, tough and durable runners.

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Grade 3 winner Wellabled, sent off as the heavy favorite in the Boyes Memorial, rushed out to lead by a length and a half through the opening quarter in 22.25 seconds. Oldies But Goodies sat second, on near-even terms with More Than Good and jockey Fernando Salazar Becerra. The field began to close in on Wellabled around the turn. Wellabled kept his head in front into the lane, but More Than Good rushed up to be second, with Shekky Shebaz a threat on his hip.

Wellabled drifted out at the eighth pole as he began to tire badly late, with More Than Good, still full of run, assuming the lead. The gelding continued to draw off to win by 2 1/4 lengths, stopping the clock in 1:03.17 for the 5 1/2 furlongs on the all-weather track.
Less Than Perfect, the longest shot on the board, closed from sixth in the field of seven, and from widest of all, to be second by 1 3/4 lengths. Caloric, who was forced to check in the lane as Wellabled tired, was up to be third by a head over Shekky Shebaz. Then came Oldies But Goodies, Wellabled, and second choice Lanier, also a graded stakes winner.

Macho Uno, an Eclipse Champion Juvenile in his racing days, is the sire of several other tough, talented & durable runners, including Private Zone & Mucho Macho Man (Breeders' Cup Classic) who scored multiple Grade 1 victories after their 4-year-old seasons.

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Mucho Gusto On to Haskell Inv. (G1) After Securing 4th Graded Victory

Although the distance may have been a concern to some beforehand, Bob Baffert's speedy Mucho Gusto......

Although the distance may have been a concern to some beforehand, Bob Baffert's speedy Mucho Gusto settled nicely off the pace and took charge around the far turn en route to an impressive 2 ¼ length win over Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster in the $100,000 Affirmed Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita.

Ridden by Joe Talamo, Mucho Gusto, a 3-year-old colt by Mucho Macho Man, got a mile and one sixteenth with aplomb in 1:45.15.

Owned by Michael Lund Petersen, Mucho Gusto now has four graded stakes wins to his credit and an overall mark of 7-5-1-1. With the winner's share of $60,000, he now has earnings of $430,800.

Attentive to the pace from the outset, Mucho Gusto, fresh off a 3 ¼ length score in the Lazaro Barrera Stakes (G3) going seven furlongs on May 18, sat a joint third with Roadster heading to the far turn, but when Talamo stepped on the gas at the 3 ½ furlong pole, he quickly reeled in early pacesetters Visitant and Kingly while leaving Roadster in his wake and was in-hand at the wire.

“With the right trip, I don't think this colt has any distance limitations,” said Talamo, who's ridden Mucho Gusto in all seven of his starts, including a disappointing third two starts back in the Sunland Derby (G3) at 1 1/8 miles on March 24.

“He finally drew outside today, so we were able to kind of sit outside. He can go to the lead or sit second or third. As long as he settles, he'll finish.”

“That race at Sunland set him back a little,” said Baffert. “They went so fast. There's some derbies around, but I think he'll probably go to the Haskell (Invitational, Grade I, 1 1/8 miles July 20 at Monmouth Park). As long as he relaxes, he'll run that far…I think 'Mucho' has really improved.”

Ridden by Mike Smith, Roadster, who subsequent to his Santa Anita Derby win, was beaten 16 ½ lengths in the Kentucky Derby May 4, was off at even money and paid $2.40 and $2.10 while finishing one length in front of Alcatraz Stakes winner Visitant (by Ghostzapper).

Earlier on the card Mucho Macho Man's California Cup Oaks winner Mucho Unusual scored an impressive Allowance victory to up her career earnings to over $250,000. Back east at Gulfstream Park, Stronach Stables homebred Mucho Macho Man son romped in his second start by 11 1/2 lengths. 

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Milwaukee Brew's Kingsport Captures Steady Growth S. for 10th Stakes Win

Reunited with his regular reinsman Patrick Husbands, fan favorite Kingsport hauled down the top......

Reunited with his regular reinsman Patrick Husbands, fan favorite Kingsport hauled down the top trio to kick off his seven-year-old campaign with a victory in the $100,000 Steady Growth Stakes on Saturday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack.

It was the 10th stakes victory for the son of Adena Springs North's two-time champion sire Milwaukee Brew, who has now earned $740,963.

The 1-1/16-mile Steady Growth set up perfectly for the Sid Attard trainee Kingsport with a three-horse speed duel up front between Nipigon, Thor’s Rocket and Cooler Mike.

“He left there sharp,” said Husbands. “He relaxed going in the first turn and I was just smiling seeing three of them going head-to-head, you know, and I got a perfect trip. When I reached about the three-eighths pole, I said, ‘Let’s go, boy!’ and he just jumped on the bridle and it was just a matter of time.”

Kingsport gapped the leading trio in fourth-place throughout fractions of :24.77, :48.23 and 1:11.75. However, the 4-5 favorite came charging down the stretch to get up in time for the victory in 1:43.35.

“I was a little worried, but when he made the run, I said he’s going to get there,” said Attard.

Cooler Mike, a son of Giant Gizmo who placed in both the Queen's Plate and Prince of Wales last season, had pulled ahead of his fellow front-running foes with a furlong to go in the Ontario Sired Stakes and finished second by just a neck. Thor’s Rocket edged out Nipigon 2-3/4 lengths behind while Argentium completed the order of finish.

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Ghostzapper Fillies Are Two of Top Three Sellers at OBS June

Largely confined to the sales pavilion and the back walking ring in an attempt to escape......

John Connelly’s Stetson Racing, which enjoyed recent graded stakes success with GII Black-Eyed Susan S. winner Point of Honor, added another filly to the stable with the $600,000 purchase of a filly by Ghostzapper (Hip 914) Friday in Ocala. Bloodstock agent Donato Lanni, bidding from the back of the pavilion, saw off a determined Susan Montanye, who was doing her bidding on behalf of Twin Creeks Racing a few rows away while on the phone, to acquire the filly. 

The purchase capped an incredible six days for Ghostzapper, sire of the sensational, unbeaten Acorn S. (G1) heroine Guarana and the OBS Sale's early topper, a $445,000 filly sold on Thursday.

The filly was consigned by Gayle Woods on behalf of Eric Delvalle, who purchased the youngster for $67,000 at last year’s Keeneland September sale. Out of Tizahit (Tiznow), the filly is a half to Come Dancing (Malibu Moon), who was second in last week’s GI Ogden Phipps S. She worked the co-bullet three-furlong time of :32 3/5 during last week’s under-tack preview.

Woods was visibly emotional while receiving congratulations after the transaction. “I’ve had a really bad year,” she said. “I haven’t sold anything well. So this was huge. This was a really good way to finish the season. She is a beautiful filly. She has so much class. I thought she’d make $400,000 or $500,000, maybe six if the right people got into it. And it happened.”

Of the filly’s appeal last fall, Delvalle said, “When I saw her, she looked very attractive and with good conformation. Come Dancing had won a stakes at Saratoga when I bought this one, but it wasn’t in the catalogue when I bought her. And then Come Dancing started to run better and better and better. So you need luck, of course.” Delvalle added,

“And I have to thank Gayle Woods. She did a tremendous job with her. This filly was born May 6, so Gayle decided to go to this sale instead of April. And she made the right decision.”

 Lanni admitted the juvenile was an obvious choice. “She obviously has a great pedigree and I think she came out here and worked a good three-eighths,” he said. “It was her first sale and I liked that they gave her the time to get here."

Topping Thursday's session and taking the lead as the most expensive horses of the sale to date was Hip 653, a $445,000 Ghostzapper filly purchased by Backstretch Farms from the consignment of de Meric Sales, agent. 

Bred in Kentucky by Meadowview, the filly is out of the Carson City mare Palanka City, winner of the Adena Stallions' Miss Preakness Stakes (G3) who earned just shy of $400,000 and won 11 races. The dam is a full sister to Quick Action, a stakes winner who also placed second in the Lafayette Stakes (G3). 

The de Merics purchased the filly for $190,000 as a yearling from Denali Stud's consignment to the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. 

"We were thrilled with the price," said Tristan de Meric, who had originally consigned the filly to The Gulfstream Sale, Fasig-Tipton's select sale of 2-year-olds in training. Withdrawn from that auction, the filly was pointed toward the June sale in the hopes that more time would allow her ample opportunity to blossom.

"We knew she was a top filly," said de Meric. "That's why we took her down to Miami in the first place. She just missed the boat down there. We always believed in her, and I'm glad we gave her another chance here and I'm glad they found her here. She's a very special filly, and we wish the best of luck to David (Davila) and we are thankful to everybody who was involved." 

The filly was one of 11 juveniles to work a bullet eighth-mile in :09 4/5 during the five-day under tack show, where she impressed Davila, an Ocala, Fla., native and attorney who owns and operates Backstretch Farms. 

"She's the perfect specimen for a filly—balanced all over," Davila said. "(The price) was a little bit higher than we wanted to go. This is close (to our highest-priced purchase). She just looks very balanced and very fast." 

Davila said the plan will be to ship the filly to Saratoga Race Course to the barn of Jorge Abreu. 

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com

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Awesome Again's Sir Winston The Hero of 151st Belmont Stakes

Tracy Farmer's homebred Sir Winston got through a hole on the rail and then split horses to grant......

Tracy Farmer's homebred Sir Winston got through a hole on the rail and then split horses to grant Mark Casse a second American Classic victory just three weeks after War of Will landed the Canadian Hall of Fame trainer his first.

“He's an amazing little horse. I'm very proud of him because he's kind of what our operation represents, and that is I feel like we develop horses,” Casse said. “I have this philosophy. I start every horse out thinking that they are going to win the Kentucky Derby, or the Oaks. That's what I do. And I will try different surfaces; I will try different methods. With a horse like Sir Winston, you know, it paid off there.”

A 3-year-old son of Awesome Again, Sir Winston defeated 9-5 favorite Tacitus by a length at the wire and completed 1 1/2 miles over Big Sandy's fast main track in 2:28.30. Jockey Joel Rosario crafted a beautiful trip to win his second Belmont Stakes, following a victory with Tonalist in 2014.

“He's a very nice horse and you have to let him do this thing. I'm really happy,” said Rosario, who also won the Belmont when Tonalist ended California Chrome's Triple Crown bid in 2014. “It seemed like he didn't mind [being] inside. I just took my time with him. For the distance, he broke very good. Today, he was a little closer, so I let him be where he was comfortable.”

Joevia left his inside post position with good speed and made the lead, tracked by Tax through moderate early fractions of :23.92 and :48.79. Spinoff was up close as well, with a wide War of Will flanking him in fourth through the sweeping clubhouse turn. Everfast kept pace along the rail there, with Tacitus behind him and between horses. Meanwhile, Sir Winston had a good position at the rail in third-last down the backstretch, saving ground and staying relaxed about seven lengths behind the early leaders.

After three-quarters in 1:13.54, Rosario gave Sir Winston his cue to move up the rail from seventh. He eased inside of Everfast and took up running in fourth position, but still found himself behind a wall of frontrunners rounding the last bit of the far turn.

Joevia and Tax had come head-and-head by the top of the lane, and with Sir Winston garnering the golden rail, the favored Tacitus was forced to take the overland route. The big gray was sent about six wide around the turn while second choice War of Will was five wide, but each was moving well and appeared to have every chance at the head of the lane.

Sir Winston saw daylight to the outside of Tax, and Rosario guided him over about four paths to take the opening just ahead of War of Will. The colt's turn of foot put him on the lead at the eighth pole, and his ground-saving trip left Rosario enough in the tank to fend off the late challenge from Tacitus.

At the wire, Sir Winston was a length ahead of Tacitus to win the Belmont. Joevia ran on near the rail to hold third over a hard-trying Tax, while Master Fencer didn't find his best stride until the final eighth of a mile but was absolutely flying to gain fifth.

Casse said War of Will and Sir Winston could both target the 10-furlong Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers on August 24 at Saratoga Race Course.

“I tell you what, they all better watch out going to a mile-and-a-quarter because Sir Winston will come running, too. Sir Winston is a pretty serious horse, so don't count him out,” Casse said.

“Again I'll talk to Mr. Farmer but I don't think there's much out there he would enjoy more than winning the Travers, so I'm sure he'll be all for that,” he added.

Foaled on his owner's Shadowlawn Farm in Midway, Ky., Sir Winston is a second-generation homebred out of the Grade 3 winner La Gran Bailadora (Afleet Alex). Farmer purchased Sir Winston's granddam, Affirmed Dancer (Affirmed), as a weanling at Keeneland for $150,000, and raced her to a listed stakes win and graded placing.

Sir Winston's career began with a pair of off-the-board finishes at Churchill and Saratoga before the colt broke his maiden in his third outing at Woodbine. He followed that up with a third in the G3 Grey Stakes and win in the listed Display Stakes, but as a 3-year-old he was unable to earn enough points to contest the Kentucky Derby. His best finish this year before the Belmont came in a runner-up effort to Global Campaign in the G3 Peter Pan Stakes. Overall, Sir Winston has won three of his 10 starts to earn over $900,000.

-edited from www.paulickreport.com

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Ghostzapper's Guarana Remains Unbeaten With Scintillating Acorn S. (G1) Score

It's not unusual for a trainer to toss out a favorable comparison between a horse and one of its......

It's not unusual for a trainer to toss out a favorable comparison between a horse and one of its parents. But when a trainer uses Ghostzapper as a basis for the comparison, it is indeed something special.

Prior to becoming a three-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer, Chad Brown was an assistant to Bobby Frankel during Ghostzapper's brilliant 2004 Horse of the Year campaign, so when he put Three Chimneys Farm's Guarana in the same sentence as her sire, it was high praise indeed.

It also made all the sense in the world after an eye-opening victory.

In just her second career start, homebred Guarana drew clear to post a six-length victory over a field that included Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Serengeti Empress in the $700,000 Acorn Stakes (G1) for 3-year-old fillies on the June 8 Belmont Stakes Day card at Belmont Park.

"She's brilliant," Brown said. "She reminds me a lot of her father."

The lopsided victory was even more impressive given the fractions Guarana chased.

Hoping to take advantage of a speed-favoring surface, Joel Politi's Serengeti Empress and Arindel's Cookie Dough dueled for the lead through withering fractions of :21.89 and :43.99 in the one-turn mile stakes. Guarana ($5.80), the 9-5 favorite, was just two lengths off the lead after that brutal opening half-mile.

"I felt good about the leaders not going on, but we were close to that pace," Brown said. "I wondered, 'How vulnerable is she?'"

Answer: Not in the least.

Jockey Jose Ortiz brought Guarana off the rail, tipped outside of Serengeti Empress leaving the five-sixteenths pole, and motored past her to a two-length lead at the eighth pole that grew even more imposing in the final furlong. Final time for the mile was a stakes-record 1:33.58.

How she won was another testament to her brilliance," Brown said.

Guarana, a daughter of the Distorted Humor  mare Magical World, convinced Brown to step her up into grade 1 company through an impressive 14 3/4-length maiden win April 19 at Keeneland.

"That maiden win was more than we could have hoped for," he said. "We are so fortunate to have her. My staff did a marvelous job developing her."

It was also enough to convince Ortiz to hop off Serengeti Empress, whom he rode in the Kentucky Oaks, and stay on Guarana.

"It was a hard decision to take off the Oaks winner, but I didn't want to miss this opportunity. Yes, I took off the Oaks winner for a maiden (winner)," Ortiz said.

Brown said he will confer with Three Chimneys owner Goncalo Borges Torrealba before deciding on Guarana's next start.
Considering the fractions, 3-1 second choice Serengeti Empress, in her first start since a 1 3/4-length score in the Kentucky Oaks, did well to hold second by 2 1/4 lengths over Alexis Delgado's Jeltrin.

"I'm very proud of my horse," trainer Tom Amoss said about Serengeti Empress. "We've got a great filly, and we got beat by a great filly today. I think it was apropos, for the first quarter to the half, the whole crowd, who obviously knows racing here in the state of New York, just let out this gasp. It was just too much."

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com

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Summer Sunday Strolls in G3 Hendrie S. Capping Huge Weekend for Silent Name

Summer Sunday continued her Woodbine winning ways on Sunday afternoon while earning a graded......

Summer Sunday continued her Woodbine winning ways on Sunday afternoon while earning a graded stakes score in the $125,000 Hendrie for fillies and mares.

The 4-year-old filly is the second stakes winner on the weekend for Adena Springs North's champion sire Silent Name whose son Pay for Peace annexed the $125,000 Plate Trial S. the day prior.

In Sunday’s 6-1/2 furlong sprint, 3-2 favourite Summer Sunday pressed the pace while racing between rivals through opening panels of :23.33 and :46.09 then came through to challenge Sly Beauty for the lead entering the final turn. She struck the front at the top of the lane and drew clear to win by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:16.62.

Katie Baby, the 7-2 second choice, staged a late rally on the far outside to finish second ahead of Alnilah. Sly Beauty edged out Silent Sonet in a photo finish for fourth while Crazy Sweet, Straitouttapopcorn and Devine Mischief completed the field.

“We got some decent pace in front, so we were able to track a horse and settle down,” said winning jockey Rafael Hernandez. “The horse outside [Devine Mischief] put a little pressure and wanted to go early but by the three-eighths she was done so my horse settled down more and gave me a better finish.”

An eight-time starter with close to $380,000 in earnings, Summer Sunday has won all six of her Woodbine appearances on the Tapeta surface.

“It’s quite unusual and most rewarding,” said William Scott, who shares ownership of the four-year-old daughter of Silent Name with his wife Anne.

Throughout her career, she has collected stakes wins in the Nandi, Muskoka and Fury as well as last month’s Ballade Stakes. While Summer Sunday has shown consistency on Woodbine’s main track, Simon noted the Ontario-bred filly has more to offer.

She’s just a dream horse,” said Simon. “She is better than her form does say on dirt, believe me. I really think she’d run on the grass too. She’s just that type of horse – on the lead, off the lead, probably run farther – she’s a dream horse.”

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Silent Name Son Pays Off in Plate Trial Stakes

Pay for Peace overtook 9-5 favourite Federal Law in mid-stretch to pull off a 19-1 upset in the......

Pay for Peace overtook 9-5 favourite Federal Law in mid-stretch to pull off a 19-1 upset in the $125,000 Plate Trial Stakes on Saturday afternoon at Woodbine.

With Luis Contreras aboard for trainer Rachel Halden, the Silent Name-Dancing Bay by Sligo Bay gelding stepped up his game to notch his first stakes victory and entered the Queen’s Plate conversation.

In the traditional prep for the first leg of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown, Federal Law emerged with the lead up the rail into the first turn and built up a four-length advantage on his foes through fractions of :24.17, :48.64 and 1:12.73.

Meanwhile, Dun Drum followed in second-place with Contreras getting what he described as a “dream trip” aboard Pay for Peace, who settled back in third.

For Federal Law, it was a game of ‘catch me if you can’ and Pay for Peace caught him after rallying three-wide in the final turn of the 1-1/8-mile Tapeta test for Canadian-foaled three-year-olds.

He hit the mile mark in 1:38.25 and prevailed by 1-3/4 lengths in a final time of 1:51.63. Federal Law held on in a photo finish for second-place between Rising Star and Moon Swings.

“You’ve got a chance to win if you’re in the race,” said Contreras, who previously won back-to-back editions of the Plate Trial Stakes with Danish Dynaformer (2015) and Amis Gizmo (2016). “You never know. I told Rachel before, I think he likes to run, and he likes to run all day, so he can run further. I think it’s his style to be in the long races.

“I can tell you he had a good break and I saw the one break a little bit and he kind of rushed to the lead and I think that kind of helped a little.”

Bred by Brian Lynch Racing and owned by Team Penney Racing and Carem Stables, Pay for Peace broke his maiden over one-mile and 70 yards last November at Woodbine.

“I’m just absolutely delighted,” said Halden. “Obviously, he’s just taken a little while to come back around this year for us. He did run a very good race his last start against older horses and looking at this race, we were hoping to maybe get a piece of it because it didn’t look like it was going to be a huge field.”

The winning effort has put the $1 million Queen’s Plate, set for June 29, on the gelding’s radar.

“We weren’t thinking about it,” admitted Halden. “Like I say, he’s just a real big old galloper. I think this horse will step up on the turf and we’ve been kind of thinking Breeders’. He did jump up and run a big race today. We will definitely be thinking about it now and we’ll see how he comes out of it and have a discussion with his owners and see.”

Pay for Peace was the first of two Silent Name stakes winners on the weekend at Woodbine. The next day the Silent Name 4-year-old filly Summer Sunday strolled to her first Graded victory and fifth overall blacktype score in the $125,000 Hendrie S. (G3). She's now earned $371,763.

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Macho Uno's Hy Riverside Prevails Big Red Stakes

Back class ruled at Gulfstream Park Sunday when stakes veteran Hy Riverside prevailed with a......

Back class ruled at Gulfstream Park Sunday when stakes veteran Hy Riverside prevailed with a one-length victory in the $75,000 Big Red Stakes following a stretch duel with fellow veteran stakes performer Mr. Jordan.

Making his second start since being transferred to trainer Jorge Delgado, Hy Riverside scored his second stakes victory and earned blacktype for the sixth time. His signature victory came in the 2017 the Sunshine Millions Classic.

The talented and durable son of Macho Uno races for Mar Racing Stable, Inc. and now has seven total victories and a bankroll of $432,185.

“He had a better trip than he did last time (in the Big Drama Stakes). He had a terrible trip. We were expecting him to win that day,” Delgado said.

Hy Riverside and jockey Miguel Vasquez raced a few lengths off the pace along the backstretch as 8-5 favorite Ceevee showed the way under Edgard Zayas past fractions of 23.29 and 45.74 seconds for the first half-mile of the one-turn mile stakes for 3-year-olds and up. Mr. Jordan, who pressed the pace on the backstretch and around the far turn under Edgar Prado, made a strong run at the pacesetter on the turn into the stretch and moved to the lead at the top of the stretch. Hy Riverside followed Mr. Jordan on the turn before swinging wide to engage the multiple-stakes winner for the stretch drive. 

Mr. Jordan, a 7-year-old gelding with more than $850,000 in earnings, continued to fight through the stretch, only to be worn down by Hy Riverside nearing the wire. Eye of the Jedi finished third.

Delgado said the $250,000 Smile Sprint (G3) on the June 29 Summit of Speed card some consideration while noting that the son of Macho Uno is eligible for Florida-bred stakes throughout the summer.

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$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......

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

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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......

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

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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......

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.

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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......

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

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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......

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

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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,......

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.

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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......

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. 

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$600,000 Ghostzapper Colt at OBS April Sale

Consignor Julie Davies was all smiles in the Ocala Breeders' Sales pavilion April 25 when Donato......

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 

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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......

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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Awesome Again's Always Shopping Earns Oaks Berth with Gazelle S. (G2) Victory

The ever-increasing role that spacing of races is playing in the sport was vividly reflected after......

The ever-increasing role that spacing of races is playing in the sport was vividly reflected after a victory by Always Shopping in the $300,000 Gazelle Stakes (G2) April 6 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

In a perfect world, owner Mike Repole might wait two months for Always Shopping's next race, just as he and trainer Todd Pletcher did when the 3-year-old filly went from a maiden win in the Feb. 3 Busanda Stakes to skipping the March 9 Busher Invitational to posting a 1 3/4-length victory in the Gazelle. But when the logical race four weeks away is the May 3 Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1), then there is surely sufficient cause to run back in a month.
"She's made improvement in each start," Pletcher said after the homebred daughter of Awesome Again out of stakes-winning the More Than Ready mare Stopshoppingmaria notched her second straight win and first graded stakes triumph. Always Shopping now has two wins from five starts, with earnings of $252,000. 

"(The Oaks) is a special race," Repole said, "and we have to make a decision. We have spaced her races out strategically. We scratched out of the Busher, and that's hard to do when your horse is doing well and is 5-2. If we win the Gazelle, we look really, really smart. If we lose, we look dumb. Everything pieced together today, and we'll make a decision. It's hard to pass up the Oaks."

The Gazelle assured Always Shopping of a spot in the Kentucky Oaks; she picked up 100 points and now ranks second on the Kentucky Oaks leaderboard with 110 total. The rest of the race's qualifying points on a 40-20-10 scale went to Positive Spirit, who was second, followed by Off Topic and Proud Emma. Favored Expresso Shot was fifth.

As for Always Shopping, her victory Saturday came at the same 1 1/8-mile distance as the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs, which was important to Pletcher.

"The key is if she can continue to move forward," Pletcher said. "She's proved that two turns, a mile and an eighth, is her thing."

Always Shopping rallied from midpack in the Busanda but was second in the Gazelle behind Positive Spirit, who reeled off soft splits of :24.92, :50.09, and 1:14.95. Repole's filly dueled with the early leader from the quarter pole until the eighth pole, when she drew clear under Manny Franco. Final time for the race was 1:52.91.

"We let Manny do his thing," Pletcher said. "He put her in a good spot, she put him in a good spot. He said he felt like he had a lot of horse the whole way. I think she'll be better off with a pace where she can settle in and make one run. We're proud of her." 

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com

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Point of Entry's Plus Que Parfait Perfect in UAE Derby (G2)

Plus Que Parfait had to come to Dubai to do it, but he punched his ticket to the Kentucky Derby......

Plus Que Parfait had to come to Dubai to do it, but he punched his ticket to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) with a gutsy victory over an international field in the $2.5 million UAE Derby Sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) March 30 at Meydan.

With Jose Ortiz in command, Plus Que Parfait split horses as the field thundered down the stretch and shot past local hopeful Manguzi, then turned back the closing bid of American rival Gray Magician en route to a three-quarters of a length win.

Plus Que Parfait, a son of Point of Entry, finished 1,900 meters (about 1 3/16 miles) in 1:58.41 over a fast track.

Second in the Nov. 24 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs to close out his 2-year-old season, Plus Que Parfait was shipped to Louisiana but did not perform as desired next out.

"Some horses struggle at Fair Grounds," trainer Brendan Walsh said, explaining the decision to giver Plus Que Parfait a different opportunity to earn his way into the Run for the Roses.

"We thought when he won the Jockey Club that we had a Derby horse," said Walsh, who early in his career worked in Dubai for Godolphin. "Now I'm trying to keep myself calm and not get too excited. But I'm not surprised he won tonight."

Coming to Dubai to qualify for Louisville, Walsh admitted, "Obviously, it's the tough way to do it. But these horses can be shipped around the world. We've seen Godolphin do it and Coolmore. I don't see why he couldn't be competitive."

Ortiz, riding in Dubai for the first time, scored his second victory of the evening after taking the Godolphin Mile Sponsored By Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum City-District One (G2).

"I was delighted when he won the first race," Walsh said of the young rider. "It's a big thing for him to come over here and compete with these world-class riders."

Walsh said he has yet to finalize travel plans for Plus Que Parfait but will either ship him directly to Churchill Downs or make a brief stop at Keeneland before moving on to Louisville.

Plus Que Parfait vanquished a field that included 3-year-olds who had competed earlier in the season in official Kentucky Derby preps in Japan and England. None of them figured in the outcome in the desert while Plus Que Parfait earned 100 points in the main "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series, guaranteeing a spot in the starting gate.

Point of Entry is truly fulfilling his potential as a Global Sire and is now the sire of blacktype runners in five different countries.

- edited from www.bloodhorse.com

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$550,000 Ghostzapper Colt at Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale

A colt by leading sire Ghostzapper commanded a final bid of $550,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Florida......

A colt by leading sire Ghostzapper commanded a final bid of $550,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Florida Two-Year-Old in Training sale conducted at Gulfstream Park.

The colt attracted buyers attention with a sparkling breeze, zipping and eighth mile in :10.1. His catalog page backed up what he showed on the track and around the barn. The gray/roan youngster is out of the Mr. Greeley mare Happy Now, a sister five Stakes winners including the millionaire multiple Graded winner Ironicus. The female line gets deeper from there and includes such recent stars as multiple Grade 1 winner Elate.

Centennial Farm, one of North America's leading racing partnerships, signed the ticket for the colt and later tweeted:

 *Wow*! Our newest addition checks all the boxes and then some. World-class sire (#HallOfFame member Ghostzapper), phenomenal female family (cultivated by @claibornefarm and Janney), tremendous athletic potential (10.1 breeze), and, well... look at him!

The colt represents a successful pinhook for Q Bar J Thoroughbreds, who purchased the colt for $250,000 from the Denali Stud consignment at the 2018 Keeneland September auction.  

Ghostzapper is among the leading sires in North America with 11% blacktype winners and 6% Graded winners from starters. In 2019 he's the sire of a trio of Stakes winners including The Very One S. (G3) heroine Holy Helena.

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Ghostzapper's Holy Helena Again 'The Very One' in Gulfstream Park Stake

Stronach Stables' homebred Holy Helena got back on the firm turf she prefers and responded with......

Stronach Stables' homebred Holy Helena got back on the firm turf she prefers and responded with her first victory of 2019 in Saturday's Grade 3 The Very One Stakes at Gulfstream Park, running down frontrunner Ickymasho in the final sixteenth of a mile to win by a neck. Off as the 2-1 favorite, the 5-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper teamed with Irad Ortiz, Jr. to cover 1 3/16 miles over the firm turf in 1:54.20. The millionaire mare is trained by Jimmy Jerkens.

A disappointing sixth over a yielding turf in the Jan. 26 La Prevoyante (G3), Holy Helena defended her title in the The Very One as the 2-1 favorite while benefiting from a perfectly executed ride by Irad Ortiz Jr.

Holy Helena saved ground while rated in third behind front-running Ickymasho, who set uncontested fractions of 23.89 and 49.31 seconds for the first half mile and continued to show the way into the far turn. Ridden by Jose Ortiz, Ickymasho sprinted clear of her rivals leaving the turn into the homestretch, where Holy Helena cut the corner into the stretch. The pacesetter kicked on through the stretch but was unable to hold off Holy Helena by a neck while finishing four lengths clear of Semper Senentiae.

Holy Helena, who captured last year's The Very One by 1 ¾ lengths under Ortiz, registered the fifth stakes success of her career, which includes a triumph over boys in the $1 million Queen's Plate at Woodbine in 2017. She was also awarded the Sovereign Award for champion 3-year-old filly that season.

Trainer James Jerkens (Holy Helena): “She had only run four weeks ago a mile and a half on soft turf, but she's a good doer, especially for a filly. She had three decent works in between her last race and she handled it well. I think she looks terrific physically, so I was very confident today, I really was.”

Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. (Holy Helena): “Last time she broke a step slow and we were too far back. So we tried to break good and get good position. She was closer today and when I asked her to go she was there. We were going slow today, the pace was very slow. We were close to the lead. I tried to hold my position. With the slow pace, I turned her loose a little earlier because it's hard to catch some horses when they go that slow.”

Holy Helena is Ghostzapper's third Stakes winner of 2019. She is now earned $1,175,578.

-edited from www.PaulickReport.com

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Runaway Ghost Spirits Away to Fifth Stakes Victory

“Put me in, coach!” That’s the message Runaway Ghost had been sending to trainer Todd Fincher......

“Put me in, coach!”

That’s the message the Ghostzapper colt Runaway Ghost had been sending to trainer Todd Fincher in advance of the $75,000 Curribot on February 24 at Sunland Park.

Fincher had not been targeting the Curribot with Runaway Ghost because the race comes three weeks after the horse made a successful return from a 10-month layoff by winning the $75,000 Fort Bliss on Feb. 2 at Sunland. Runaway Ghost won that six-furlong sprint in 1:08.44 and popped a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 95.

“There’s the bounce factor, six furlongs to a mile and a sixteenth in such short time, and pressure of having a great horse like him and getting beat,” Fincher said. “But he’s doing everything to make me change my mind. He came out of the race so good, so happy, and is training lights out.”

“He’s acting like the last race didn’t take a lot out of him,” Fincher said. “I know I have a solid foundation in him.
“I just hope he’s not lying to me.”

He wasn't.

Runaway Ghost continued his comeback with another sharp victory over American Dubai in the Curribot, his fifth career stakes victory.

American Dubai, a multiple stakes winner in New Mexico seen on the 2016 Kentucky Derby trail, took the lead and set opening fractions of 24.25 and 47.46. Runaway Ghost, ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, was taken three wide into the first turn before edging into second over Deputy’s Echo.

The pacesetter tried to pull away early and opened up by more than three lengths. Runaway Ghost closed the gap in the turn and was fanned at least four wide when turning for home. American Dubai fought back, but Runaway Ghost proved best and edged clear by 1 1/1 lengths.

He completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.44.

Runaway Ghost is a homebred for Joe Peacock. He is out of the New Mexico-bred mare, Rose's Desert, another homebred for Peacock trained by Fincher. Rose's Desert was a seven-time stakes winner in her home state and earned $626,035.

Runaway Ghost was consigned by Shawhan Place at the 2016 Keeneland September sale but RNA's for $240,000. He ended up being a successful keep for Peacock, with his earnings now reaching $653,510 from a 9:6-2-0 record.

- edited from www.drf.com & www.horseracingnation.com

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'Authorative' New Stakes Winner for Mucho Macho Man

The expected challenge against the speedy Mucho Unusual never materialized in Monday’s $200,351......

The expected challenge against the speedy Mucho Unusual never materialized in Monday’s $200,351 California Cup Oaks at Santa Anita.

Mucho Unusual led narrowly by a half-length midway through the one-mile turf race, and pulled away from eight rivals in early stretch to win by three lengths. The proceedings left jockey Joel Rosario slightly surprised, but content with the outcome.

“I know she had speed,” Rosario said. “I let her do what she wanted to do. I thought I would follow someone if they wanted the lead.”

Mucho Unusual won her first stakes in the California Cup Oaks for 3-year-old statebred fillies, her turf debut for owner and breeder George Krikorian, and trainer Tim Yakteen.

Mucho Unusual was timed in 1:36.92. She set a modest pace of 24.14 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 48.84 for a half-mile.

“She has a nice cruising speed,” Rosario said. “She ran a very big race.”

Santa Anita track announcer Frank Mirahmadi concurred, exclaiming inside the 1/8 pole

"This is going to be an authoriative score for Mucho Unusual!"

Lippy finished second, a half-length in front of her Doug O'Neill stablemate Lakerball. 

Mucho Unusual, by Mucho Macho Man, has won 2 of 5 starts and earned $200,420. The California Cup Oaks was Mucho Unusual’s third appearance in a stakes. In 2018, Mucho Unusual was second in the Generous Portion Stakes at Del Mar last August in her debut and the Golden State Juvenile Fillies here in November.

Mucho Macho Man is also the sire of leading Kentucky Derby contender Mucho Gusto, who cruised to victory in the February 3 Robert B. Lewis S. (G2) over the Santa Anita main track.

Mucho Macho Man's February stakes haul prompted the Paulick Report's Bloodstock Editor Joe Nevills to tweet: "Mucho Macho Man's runners are getting good at an alarming rate. Mucho Unusual is the latest example in the Cal Cup Oaks."

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Ghostzapper's Enchanted Ghost Scores in Laurel Park Stake

Enchanted Ghost turned in a strong, determined effort over a muddy track in the $100,000 Maryland......

Enchanted Ghost turned in a strong, determined effort over a muddy track in the $100,000 Maryland Racing Media Stakes at Laurel Park on Monday to defeat Indy's Lady by a half-length in the 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares.

Enchanted Ghost went right to the lead from post 2 and jockey Jevian Toledo was able to slow down the pace through fractions of 24.50 and 49.12 seconds. Indy's Lady, who stalked from second position in the eight-horse field, moved up to challenge from the outside on the far turn, appeared to gain a short lead entering the stretch, but was outfinished in the final furlong as Enchanted Ghost slowly edged away.

Timed in 1:44.84 following six furlongs in 1:13.72 and a mile in 1:38.36.

Enchanted Ghost, a 4-year-old Maryland-bred daughter of Ghostzapper, is trained by Hamilton Smith and owned by Mens Grille Racing. The Maryland Racing Media is the second stakes win for Enchanted Ghost, who won the Wide Country Stakes over a muddy track at Laurel in February 2018. She has now earned $222,682. 

Timeless Curls, the 6-5 favorite, was fanned five wide into the first turn but settled into good position several lengths off the pace. She finished willingly but couldn't make up any ground on the top two and finished 2 1/4 behind Indy's Lady. Isotope, 2-1, went evenly to finish fourth, 5 1/4 lengths farther back.
The win was the third from the first five races on the card for Toledo.

"She handled the muddy track pretty good," Toledo said. "I felt like I had a lot of horse. The other horse went by me by a head but she just came back on her."

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Awesome Again's Always Shopping On Oaks Trail With Busanda S. Victory

Repole Stable homebred Always Shopping, under a perfect trip engineered by meet-leading rider......

Repole Stable homebred Always Shopping, under a perfect trip engineered by meet-leading rider Manny Franco, broke her maiden in the $100,000 Busanda Feb. 3 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, the bay daughter of Awesome Again, out of the stakes-winning More Than Ready mare Stopshoppingmaria, got the better of rivals Filly Joel and Miss Marilyn, who had kept her a maiden in her last two starts, to score a 1 1/4-length victory as the 2-1 post-time favorite.

With the win in the 1 1/8-mile test for sophomore fillies, Always Shopping picked up 10 points toward a berth in the Kentucky Oaks (G1), slated for May 3 at Churchill Downs. The Busanda was the second race in the Oaks qualifying series at the Big A, following the grade 2 Demoiselle, held Dec. 1, which was won by Positive Spirit.

Filly Joel, with Jose Lezcano in the irons, emerged from a sextet of frontrunning contenders to mark the opening quarter-mile in :23.91, as Miss Marilyn was hung wide through the opening turn.

Always Shopping broke from the inside post, saved ground along the rail from fifth position, and was content to track the leaders through a half-mile in :48.52. Filly Joel continued to dictate terms under close watch from Getting Warmer and Miss Marilyn on the main track labeled fast.

Filly Joel maintained her lead through the final turn, as Franco urged Always Shopping off the rail and began to reel in the leader with every stride. Always Shopping swooped by a determined Filly Joel and secured the win in a final time of 1:52.24.

"We were cautiously optimistic about this spot. We were always looking to stretch her out and get her to race at two turns. She hadn't broke her maiden yet, but she had run well in her last start," said assistant trainer Byron Hughes. "Manny did a great job saving ground and tilted her out down the stretch. At this point we'll see how she comes out of this race and go from there."

Franco, who leads the meet with 51 wins, said the nine-furlong distance suited his filly.

"The distance helped her a lot. Last time (when she was runner-up to Miss Marilyn Dec. 14 at Aqueduct) she went a mile and the speed held up. I liked the distance today for her," Franco said. "The trip worked out great. I just wanted to make sure she came out of there well and get my position before the turn, and that's what she did. After that, she did it nice."

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Mucho Macho Man's Mucho Gusto Romps in Robert B. Lewis S. (G3)

At first, Joe Talamo's move aboard Mucho Gusto in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3) at......

At first, Joe Talamo's move aboard Mucho Gusto in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita Park seemed puzzling.

The apparent clear pacesetter on paper in a field of five, Michael Lund Petersen's 3-year-old Mucho Macho Man colt got out of the gate best, but when Kid Cantina and Magnificent McCool sped up on the inside, Mucho Gusto relaxed in third as he traveled into the first turn.

The stalking tactics worked perfectly, as Mucho Gusto advanced late in the backstretch run of the 1 1/16-mile test, moved to the front in the final turn, and dominated the stretch run to win by 4 3/4 lengths.

"Every race he's getting better and better," Talamo said of the colt who won the Bob Hope Stakes (G3) in November at Del Mar and finished second to Bob Baffert-trained stablemate Improbable in the Dec. 8 Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity (G1). "I'm glad I've been working him because he's worked better, too. He settled today like he's been doing this a hundred times."

Without any challenge late, Mucho Gusto finished the distance in 1:41.81 over a sloppy (sealed) track.

"He got to sit off the pace, which is good," Baffert said. "They have to learn to do that, and I was really happy with Joe. He rode him with a lot of confidence today, like he was a good horse, and he was on his own. I didn't give him any instructions.

"He said, 'What should I do?' I said, 'You need to win this race. That's what you need to do.'"

Magnificent McCool had a head in front of Kid Cantina through an opening quarter in :23.67 and opened a 2 1/2-length lead through a half in :46.55. But when he hit six furlongs in 1:10.51, Mucho Gusto was only a head behind. Last-out Sham Stakes (G3) winner Gunmetal Gray, who was last early, closed to pick up second, a half-length ahead of Easy Shot. Nolo Contesto was scratched before the race by trainer John Sadler, who said he made the decision because of the off track.

Bred in Kentucky by Teneri Farm and Bernardo Alvarez Calderon out of the Giant's Causeway mare Itsagiantcauseway, Mucho Gusto was a $625,000 purchase by Petersen from Kirkwood Stables' consignment to the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale. He now has three wins and $234,000 in earnings from his four starts. Baffert said earlier in the week the colt could ship out of state for his next prep race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.

"I texted Bob to see if I should come for the race, and he was very confident," Petersen said after the race. "That's pretty good."

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Runaway Ghost Returns With Impressive Score in Ft. Bliss Stakes

As Runaway Ghost crossed the wire first in the $75,000 Ft. Bliss Stakes at Sunland Park, trainer......

As Runaway Ghost crossed the wire first in the $75,000 Ft. Bliss Stakes at Sunland Park, trainer Todd Fincher was hit with a variety of emotions.

He was happy and he was proud, but mostly he was relieved.

In his first start since his win in the 2018 Sunland Derby (G3), Joe Peacock's homebred Ghostzapper colt - who missed the Triple Crown series and the rest of the season because of a training injury before the Kentucky Derby (G1) - made his move on loose early leader Secular Nation in the turn of the six-furlong test, found his best stride in the lane, and kicked away late to win by 2 1/2 lengths.

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The Ft. Bliss was the third stakes win and fifth victory overall for Runaway Ghost. The Kentucky-bred out of the Desert God mare Rose's Desert now has $608,510 in earnings.

"The relief factor was unbelievable," Fincher said of Runaway Ghost, who sustained a cannon bone fracture during a workout in April and returned to training in September. "I was happy to see his return be great. It wasn't just OK. It was great."

Secular Nation sprinted out to a 3 1/2-length lead through a first quarter in :21.88 while Runaway Ghost tracked in third, 4 1/2 lengths back under jockey Santiago Gonzalez. Runaway Ghost advanced to second, cut the margin to 1 1/2 lengths, and had dead aim on the leader through a half-mile in :44.33. He finished the distance in 1:08.44 on a fast track.

"Everything went perfectly," Fincher said. "One horse went out there and we were four, five lengths off. His turn of foot was perfect, his speed was perfect, and the time was perfect."

Secular Nation held second, 5 3/4 lengths clear of Cowboy Cool in third. Coils Gold, Valentine Divine, Wake Up in Malibu, and Black Ops completed the order of finish.

"The only thing that concerned me was if (Secular Nation) was that good," Fincher said. "I wasn't worried about my horse finishing, but that horse just could have been super good."

Fincher said there are no solid plans for the colt's next race.

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Adena Springs; Daughters of Point of Entry & Ghostzapper Nominated for 2018 Sovereign Awards

The Jockey Club of Canada has announced the finalists for the 2018 Sovereign Awards honoring......

The Jockey Club of Canada has announced the finalists for the 2018 Sovereign Awards honoring Canada's champions and recognizing their outstanding achievements.

Adena Springs was nominated for a 13th Sovereign Award for Outstanding Breeder. Among the 2018 Adena Springs-bred Stakes winners in Canada were the Silent Name 3-year-olds Zestina, a two-time Stakes winner at Woodbine and Silent Poet, winner of the Vice Regent Stakes. Adena Springs has been awarded the Outstanding Breeder trophy in each of the last three seasons.

My Gal Betty was among Point of Entry's 14 juveniles winners in 2018 and she's a finalist in the 2-Year-Old Female category. Racing for William K. Werner, My Gal Betty was triumphant in the $100,000 Catch a Glimpse Stakes, over a field that included fellow finalist Bold Script. She then earned a berth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) with a strong runner-up finish in the Natalama Stakes (G1).

My Gal Betty was bred in Kentucky by Hidden Brook Farm and is trained by Hall of Famer Roger Attfield.

The Ivan Dalos homebred Ghostzapper mare Gamble's Ghost is a finalist for Older Female after a campaign that saw her win a trio of Stakes including the Trillium Stakes (G3) and the Ontario Matron (G3). It's the second Older Female nomination for Gamble's Ghost and her fourth overall. She was a finalist for 2-Year-Old Female in 2015 and for 3-Year-Old Female the following year.

The winners of the 12 horse categories and five human categories will be announced at the 44th Annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony  Thursday, April 18, at Chateau Le Jardin in Woodbridge, Ontario. Finalists for Canada's Horse of the Year Award are announced during the ceremony.

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First Foal For Champion/MG1SW Shaman Ghost

The first reported foal by first-crop sire and multiple Grade 1 winner Shaman Ghost was a colt......

The first reported foal by first-crop sire and multiple Grade 1 winner Shaman Ghost was a colt born Jan. 26 at Woodbridge Farm in California.

The colt is the first foal out of BKB Stables' Munnings mare Chrome Princess. The dam is from the family of multiple black-type producer Purity, who is out of Black-Eyed Susan (G2) winner and graded stakes producer Dame Mysterieuse.

Shaman Ghost is an Adena Springs homebred who won the Queen's Plate Stakes and Marine S. (G3) at 3 en route to a Sovereign Award for Outstanding 3-Year-Old Male. He followed up with victories in the Woodward Stakes (G1) and Santa Anita Handicap (G1). The son of Ghostzapper out of Getback Time (by Gilded Time) won three other graded stakes: the Brooklyn Invitational Stakes (G2), Suburban Handicap (G2), and the Pimlico Special Handicap (G3).

He also was runner-up in the inaugural Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) and was third in the Clark Handicap (G1) before being retired with an 8-3-2 record from 17 starts and $3,859,311 in earnings.

Shaman Ghost entered stud in 2018 at Terry Lovingier's Lovacres Ranch near Warner Springs, Calif., where he covered 91 mares during his first season. The stallion was relocated to Adena Springs Kentucky for the 2019 breeding season, where he stands for $7,500.

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Awesome Again & Ghostzapper Daughters Produce Eclipse Award Champions

Triple Crown winner Justify was awarded the 2018 Horse of the Year title over Breeders' Cup......

Triple Crown winner Justify was awarded the 2018 Horse of the Year title over Breeders' Cup Classic winner Accelerate at the annual Eclipse Award ceremony at Gulfstream Park on January 24.

Justify is out of a daughter of Ghostzapper and Accelerate is out of a mare by Ghostzapper's sire Awesome Again. Accelerate did earn an Eclipse trophy as champion Older Male while Justify was awarded additional hardware as champion 3-Year-Old Male, for which he was the voter's unanimous choice. 

Justify was the definition of perfection during his brief, but brilliant career. He is the 15th 3-year-old to be named Horse of the Year and the first since 2015 Triple Crown hero American Pharoah. The prestigious list of past sophomore Horses of the Year includes Triple Crown winners Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed, as well as more recent runners, such as Curlin, Rachel Alexandra and California Chrome.

Much-hyped leading up to his career bow at Santa Anita Feb. 18, the hulking chestnut lived up to the buzz with an ultra impressive 9 1/2-length graduation. Equally dominant when clearing his first-level allowance condition by 6 1/2 lengths going a mile at Santa Anita Mar. 11, he stamped his ticket to Churchill Downs with a decisive defeat of Bolt d'Oro in the GI Santa Anita Derby Apr. 7.

"Vino Rosso (winner of the GII Wood Memorial S.) and Justify were raised in the same paddock. Vino Rosso was more laid back, but always sure of himself. Justify was the more imposing of the two. If you were paying attention to Vino, Justify would come over with that look of his and would basically be saying, 'Hey what about me?' He knew he was the cat=s meow," commented Justify's breeder John D. Gunther, who earned an Eclipse Trophy as 2018's Outstanding Breeder.

Accelerate left no doubt who the best older horse in the country was by capping a historic season with a popular tally in the GI Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs, his fifth win at the highest level in 2018. The Hronis Racing color bearer became just the third horse to sweep all three of Southern California's major handicap events for older horses in the same year - the GI Santa Anita H., GI Gold Cup at Santa Anita S. and GI Pacific Classic - joining Lava Man (2006) and the Adena Springs-bred Awesome Again son Game On Dude (2013). Accelerate's season also included wins in the GI Awesome Again S. and GII San Pasqual S. His only loss of the year was a narrow second-place finish behind eventual GI Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner City of Light in the GII Oaklawn H. in April.

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Session-Topping Ghostzapper Filly at Keeneland January

A lovely chestnut filly by Ghostzapper proved popular with yearling buyers on day two of the......

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.

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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......

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......

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. ......

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 kwilkins@adenastallions.com.

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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......

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......

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.

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Stronach Stables Unbridled Juan Earns Second Straight Stakes Victory

Stronach Stables’ Unbridled Juan, stepping up in place of his multiple graded-stakes winning......

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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