09.20.2018

A 'TDN Rising Star' Among Two Impressive Mucho Macho Man Winners

Mucho Macho Man's Mucho Gusto lived up to the hype and then some with an ultra-impressive debut......

Mucho Macho Man's Mucho Gusto lived up to the hype and then some with an ultra-impressive debut victory at Los Alamitos Thursday to become his freshman sire fourth winner and first ‘TDN Rising Star.’ Mucho Macho Man was represented by winner #5 just a short time later.

Mucho Gusto was hammered down to even-money favoritism and the $625,000 juvenile buy broke on top from his rail draw and was just loping along under a motionless Joe Talamo as he zipped through a first quarter in :21.96. He floated out three wide turning for home, but was still going easily, registering a half-mile in :45.75. Confronted by a rival to his inside at the top of the stretch, the chestnut instantly powered clear when given the signal by Talamo, pouring it on down the lane to win by a geared-down four lengths. 

"I think the farther the better, he's got a real fluid stride," Talamo said.

Mucho Gusto brought $95,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September sale and then RNA’d for $55,000 at the OBS March sale after breezing an eighth in :10 flat over the synthetic He was subsequently sent through the ring at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale two months later, where he summoned $625,000 from Michael Lund Petersen after working a quarter-mile over a sloppy dirt track in an eye-catching :21 1/5. He is currently the most expensive offspring of 2013 GI Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Mucho Macho Man to be sold at auction.

Mucho Gusto was bred in Kentucky by Teneri Farm out of the Giant's Causeway Itsagiantcauseway who hails from the fine Pin Oak Stud family of Canadian Horse of the Year and MGISW Peaks and Valleys and MGSW millionaire Alternation.

Less than a hour and a half after Mucho Gusto got his picture taken in California, the Mucho Macho Man filly Belle Laura also scored an impressive four-length Maiden Special victory, this one over the Churchill Downs grass course. 

Breaking from post 9 under Julian Leparoux in the one mile affair, Belle Laura stalked the early leaders before swinging out five-wide at the top of the stretch. She displayed an impressive turn of foot from there to surge past the leaders and coast to the wire, stopping the timer in 1:39.44.

Like Mucho Gusto, Belle Laura is out of a mare by Giant's Causeway. She was bred in Kentucky by Mucho Macho Man's owners Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and sold to Soffia-Hernan Gomez at last year's Fasig-Tipton October Yearling sale. She's trained by Norm Casse.

-portions edited from www.thoroughbreddailynews.com, Benoit photo

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09.16.2018

Stronach Stables Silent Poet Pens Vice Regent S. Victory

Stronach StablesSilent Name son Silent Poet, favored at 7-5, came through loud and clear when......

Stronach Stables Silent Name son Silent Poet, favored at 7-5, came through loud and clear when scoring by a measured length in Sunday’s $100,000 Vice Regent Stakes for Ontario-sired three-year-olds at Woodbine.



Ridden by Gary Boulanger and conditioned by Nick Gonzalez, Silent Poet turned back a couple of challenges in the stretch run to prevail in the good time of 1:33.74 for the one-mile turf race, which attracted a field of seven.

“He’s a really neat little horse,” said Gary Boulanger, who was recording his 11th stakes win of the meeting aboard the Adena Springs homebred. “He kind of does whatever I ask him to do. He responds when I ask him. He kind of gets out front and he spurts then he’ll wait, he’ll spurt then he’ll wait. He’s a nice, fun horse to ride. Nick’s done a tremendous job with him, it’s a pleasure to ride him.”

Be Vewy Vewy Quiet was first to show in the Vice Regent but dropped back to third as Silver Sheriff got the opening quarter of :23.63 and the half in :46.88 while shadowed by Silent Poet.

Royal Laser, (by Giant Gizmo) who had raced on the inside throughout as the 5-2 second choice, made a stretch bid but came up short while finishing a clear second. Another Silent Name son Carmenootz, swung out widest for the stretch run and finished well to be third to complete the Adena Springs North triactor.

Silent Poet was recording his third turf win. His only unplaced effort in seven career starts was in the Queen’s Plate, which was just his fourth career outing and his first beyond seven furlongs. “We got a little aggressive when we tried the Queen’s Plate, but it didn’t hurt him one little bit and the horse is simple, easy to train,” said Gonzalez. 

Silent Poet was bred by Adena Springs in Ontario out of the Ghostzapper daughter Cara Bella. Ghostzapper is now the damsire of 15 blacktype winners, a sparkling 8.2% from starters, including 2018 Triple Crown hero Justify.

Silent Poet is the 6th worldwide Stakes winner in 2018 by Silent Name who ranks #1 in Canada by blacktype winners and progeny earnings. 

-edited from www.woodbineentertainment.com

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09.13.2018

$1 Million Filly Among Ghostzapper's Keeneland September Book 1 Standouts

Hip #740, a filly by Ghostzapper, brought $1,025,000 during Session 3 of the Keeneland September......

Hip #740, a filly by Ghostzapper, brought $1,025,000 during Session 3 of the Keeneland September Yearling sale, one of several high-priced Book 1 yearlings by the Adena Springs stallion.

The beautiful bay is a full sister to La Troienne S. winner Molly Morgan, one of Ghostzapper's 11 Grade 1 winners. She was purchased by Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Farm, who bred and sold Molly Morgan's $1.8 million Curlin son earlier in the sale.

"We just went and visited her sister today, looked at her and came back and looked at this filly and they're like Irish twins," said Banke, who paid $1.35 million for Molly Morgan at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Sale.

Consignor Petter O'Callaghan (Woods Edge Farm) also had high praise for the filly who was originally purchased for $335,000 at last year's Keeneland November auction.

"She was a great filly," O'Callaghan said. "It was a very unique package - she's by an unbelievable sire...who is now proving to be an unbelievable broodmare sire. She's a great physical specimen with a proven pedigree. We were just lucky to have the right people on her."

Horse of the Year Ghostzapper is the broodmare sire of 14 blacktype winners, a sterling 8% from starters, including none other than this year's Triple Crown hero Justify.

The following day, renowned bloodstock agent Steve Young signed for a $850,000 Ghostzapper filly from the Denal Stud consignment. Offered as Hip #949, the striking bay is a full sister to graded winner Gloryzapper and to the Macho Uno multiple stakes-placed runner Banree.

Ghostzapper is also the sire of a $600,000 Keeneland September colt purchased during Session 2 by Peter Brant's White Birch Farm.

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09.12.2018

Macho Uno's Revenant One Speeds to First Stakes Victory

The Macho Uno son Revenant One broke on top and never looked back in the $100,000 Brickyard Stakes......

The Macho Uno son Revenant One broke on top and never looked back in the $100,000 Brickyard Stakes on a stakes-rich Wednesday card at Indiana Grand.

There's no telling how fast Revenant One ran at any point in the race since Indiana Grand’s timer malfunctioned, leaving the official race chart void of fractional and final times. But he appeared to be rolling right along outside Mr Manning, putting his pace rival away and opening a 2 1/2-length lead with a quarter-mile left to run.

Revenant One has now won 5 of his 6 lifetime starts for owner Jody Mihalic and trainer Michael Tomlinson. He was bred in Indiana by Swifty Farms, Inc out of the Storm Cat mare Itsmylife. Macho Uno has now sired a pair of stakes winners with daughters of Storm Cat from only 9 starters. Graded stakes-winning millionaire Danon Legend is the other.

Revenant One is Macho's Uno's 6th stakes winner of 2018.

- portions from www.drf.com

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09.11.2018

Ghostzapper Yearling Commands $600,000 at Keeneland September

A quartet of Ghostzapper yearlings commanded at least $300,000 over the first two days of the......

A quartet of Ghostzapper yearlings commanded at least $300,000 over the first two days of the Keeneland September Yearling auction, topped by a striking $600,000 colt on Day 2.

Consigned by Runnymede Farm as Hip #290, the colt is out of the stakes winner/Grade 1-placed Pinch Pie. White Birch Farm (Peter Brant) signed the $600,000 ticket. 

Albaugh Family Stable, who have had success with Ghostzapper sons in the past, secured a pair of Ghostzapper colts for $370,000 and $325,000, respectively.

The $370,000 colt (Hip #240) was consigned by St. George Sales and is the first foal out of the Smart Strike mare Native Strike, a daughter of the multiple Grade 1 heroine Pure Clan.

The $325,000 colt (Hip #40) from the Burleson Farm consignment has a pedigree familiar to the Albaughs. He's out of the mare Indian Princess, a daughter of Indian Charlie, also the damsire of the Albaugh's Ghostzapper stakes winner Dak Attack. Purchased for $625,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September auction 'Dak' began his career last fall with two straight victories, including a score in the Ellis Park Juvenile. He's set to resume his 3-year-old campaign at Churchill Downs on September 14.

Overall, 8 Ghostzapper yearlings sold for an average price of $300,625 over the first two days of the auction.

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09.09.2018

Gamble's Ghost Gets Lucky 7th Stakes Victory in Belle Mahone

With Eurico Rosa da Silva orchestrating his usual magic, Gamble’s Ghost trailed the field to......

With Eurico Rosa da Silva orchestrating his usual magic, Gamble’s Ghost trailed the field to midway on the final turn and came with a five-wide move turning for home which she sustained en route to another last-gasp head victory in a final time of 1:44.51.

A 5-year-old mare by Ghostzapper, Gamble’s Ghost now sports a record of 10-3-1 from 20 starts and the Belle Mahone was her seventh stakes victory. She's now bankrolled $776,251 in her stellar career.



“Every time this filly comes for me to ride here, she’s in the best shape she can be,” said da Silva, who was recording his meet-leading 18th stakes victory.

“It was very scary for me, especially on the first turn here when they slowed the pace so much. It was very, very slow and I had no chance to take outside because I would be losing a lot of ground.

“From the first turn I was trying to see where I could sneak inside and, you know what, there was no room there for me to go.”

My Arch Enemy, who had finished third behind Gamble's Ghost in two subsequent encounters but seemed to be primed for vengeance after controlling the pace in the Belle Mahone.

Breaking alertly, the Mark Casse-trained My Arch Enemy led through fractions of :25.25, :49.94, and 1:14.31 while pressed by longshot invader Babybluesbdancing.

Heading into the final turn, Gary Boulanger looked to steal a march on his opponents when opening up a lead of about three lengths.

“I needed to make a decision at the three-eighths and I just went out and I lost a lot of ground there, but she responds so well and she’s a good horse in the turn too,” said da Silva. “Some horses don’t run in the turn; she runs anywhere.”

Mexican Hat, who had stalked the pace from third early, made a strong move around the final turn and loomed a serious threat turning for home. But My Arch Enemy kicked away again, leading through a mile in 1:38.47 only to fall victim to Gamble’s Ghost’s furious rally.

Mexican Hat held well for third money, just a neck behind the runner-up.

“That one was a nail-biter,” said Josie Carroll, who trains Gamble’s Ghost for owner/breeder Ivan Dalos. “You can move her all you want, but she’s going to move when she’s ready to move. She knows where she’s going and she gets it done.”

- edited from www.woodbine.com

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09.01.2018

Entirely Is Point of Entry's 2nd Juvenile SW of the Week

Augustin Stable's Entirely survived a roughouse trip to prevail in the $100,000 Sharp Susan on the......

Augustin Stable's Entirely survived a roughouse trip to prevail in the $100,000 Sharp Susan S. on the undercard of Saturday's 2018 FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes program at Gulfstream Park.

The 2-year-old daughter of Point of Entry was checked in traffic by jockey Emisael Jaramillo for the third time leaving the backstretch before making a sweeping five-wide move on the turn to take the lead in the stretch. The Jonathan Thomas trainee drifted slightly nearly the finish while holding off a late bid by A Bit Special by a neck. Romero Ramsey Maragh, who rode the runner-up, claimed foul on the winner to no avail.



“It was eventful from start of finish. We had like four different trips by the time we got to the half-mile pole. Everybody was ping-ponging off each other. I'm just happy we came out on top,” Thomas said. “She's a nice filly. I thought she was traveling well in spots. Whenever she got into a rhythm, she got knocked off rhythm, so it's a credit to her that she got the job done.”

George Strawbridge Jr.'s homebred filly ran 7 ½ furlongs over a firm turf course in 1:31.39.

“It was important to me to get a stakes win for this filly. These owners are some of the greatest people the sport has,” Thomas said. “This is meaningful for me to win a stake for them.”

Entirely won at first asking in a June 1 maiden race at Gulfstream Park, where she rallied from far back to win the five-furlong turf race by 3 ¾ lengths. She subsequently joined Thomas' contingent at Saratoga before returning to action with a fourth-place finish over Woodbine's synthetic surface in the July 7 My Dear Stakes, in which two of the three horses that finished ahead of her were next-out winners.

The filly is the second juvenile stakes winner for Point of Entry in a week following the triumph by My Gal Betty in the August 25 Catch A Glimpse Stakes at Woodbine. Entirely and My Gal Betty are among Point of Entry's seven juvenile winners in 2018.

-edited from www.paulickreport.com

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09.01.2018

Stronach Stables Silent Name Filly Wins Passing Mood S.

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Stronach Stables’ popular filly Zestina made a late run in the stretch to earn her first stakes victory in the $100,000 Passing Mood over Woodbine’s E.P. Taylor Turf Course on Saturday afternoon. The seven-furlong Passing Mood is for Ontario-sired three-year-old fillies.

Bred by Adena Springs, the Silent Name-Spun Lace filly is now a three-time winner and has conquered both the turf and Tapeta surfaces at Woodbine. She has finished no worse than third in her seven races lifetime.

With Gary Boulanger aboard, Zestina tracked in fifth-place throughout then fanned out wide off the final turn and overtook the front-runners down the stretch to win in 1:22.84 over firm turf. The Sid Attard trainee hauled down the drifting race leader Without a Doubt (:24.67, :47.81) and the rail-skimming Silent Respect, also a daughter of Silent Name, who held on in a show photo over late-closer Line of Vision.

Boulanger was confident heading into today’s test with the favoured filly who was a winner two starts ago over 6-1/2 furlongs on the turf.

“She showed me a really big move and this big, long stretch really kind of plays to her,” noted Boulanger. “She’s got a big kick and I thought if I was relatively close, I should be able to run those horses down. She showed it today, she did it pretty easy.

“She’s such a nice filly, she doesn’t mind running anywhere, but I think she likes the grass a little better,” said Attard, who has campaigned two previous winners of the Passing Mood (Generous Touch in 2016 and Arctic Laur in 2006).

Zestina is one of five blacktype winners by Silent Name in 2018, tops among Canadian stallions. 

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08.30.2018

Two Milwaukee Brew Stakes Winners on Canadian Millions Card

There were seven stakes events on the Wednesday evening's Canadian Millions card at Woodbine and......

There were seven stakes events on Wednesday evening's Canadian Millions card at Woodbine and two of them were won by the progeny of Milwaukee Brew

Kingsport took the title in the Elgin Stakes with a front-running victory over the two-time defending champion Melmich, an Adena Springs-sold star who's now earned $968,619.

With Patrick Husbands in the irons Kingsport established the lead ahead of Thor’s Rocket into the clubhouse turn of the Elgin and set fractions of :28.32, :53.63 and 1:17.34 with Melmich, the 4-5 favorite, tracking in third and Spirit of Caledon dropping back to last in the compact field of four. After opening up on top turning for home, Kingsport held 1-1/2 lengths clear as Melmich, rallied on for second-place.



The Sid Attard trainee notched his second consecutive stakes victory, and seventh lifetime, for owners Goldmart Farms and Royal Laser Racing Inc., while boosting his bankroll over the $600,000. He was bred by Richard Moylan.

“He’s the type of horse that’s always vice versa — he likes to go long and he likes to go short — but the older he gets, he likes to run at horses,” said Husbands. “Today, he had everything his way and when I got by the half-mile, I set him down and I knew it would take a good horse to beat him from there. I had everything my way and he was just galloping. He’s just a lovely animal."

Two races later the Milwaukee Brew daughter Trini Brewnette got her picture taken after the $100,000 Algoma Stakes.

Trained by Kevin Attard, the five-year-old mare saved her best running for last under leading rider Eurico Rosa da Silva to capture the 1 1/16-mile event.

Trini Brewnette, who captured the South Ocean Stakes as a juvenile and placed in the Bison City Stakes at three has now earned $265,130, for owner Derek Chin. She was bred by Mr. & Mrs. Bud Malette & Trinity West Stables, Inc. out of the Millennium Allstar daughter Dancing Allstar. 

“She looked good. The groom told me she was working very well. When you get that kind of ride and don’t get into trouble at the top of the stretch, I thought she’d come home,” said Chin.

-edited from www.woodbine.com

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08.25.2018

Point of Entry's My Gal Betty Sensational in Woodbine Stake

Seeking redemption after a previous stakes disqualification, William Werner’s two-year-old filly......

Seeking redemption after a previous stakes disqualification, William Werner’s two-year-old filly My Gal Betty proved to be the best in the inaugural $100,000 Catch a Glimpse Stakes on Saturday afternoon’s program at Woodbine Racetrack.

Watch the Catch A Glimpse Stakes

With the outside post position working to her advantage, My Gal Betty, by the Adena Springs Kentucky stallion Point of Entry, tracked from off the pace as the other fillies battled up front then ran on late to take the lead in the stretch of the six-furlong sprint, opening up more than four lengths over the yielding turf for the victory in 1:11.62.

The pace stalkers, Charmaine’s Mia and Bold Script, finished second and third ahead of favourite Eyeinthesky, who had set opening fractions of :23.33 and :46.78.

“We got a good post position and we just played it by ear to see who was going to be the speed and we just sat off behind and just made one run,” said winning jockey Rafael Hernandez.

“She was much the best last time, so she came out and showed up today. She was much the best.”

My Gal Betty had crossed the wire first in both of her previous starts but was placed third in the My Dear Stakes last time out on July 7 when judges ruled she had caused interference in the stretch to another filly.

“She’s always trying well for me, ever since I got her in Florida, and she’s just a sweetheart of a filly actually,” said Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield of the bay miss. “I was quite upset when she got taken down [as the winner] the other day. I knew that she was probably going to have to be [taken down], but it was unfortunate because I thought she was much the best. But anyway, I was so pleased with her today and because you’re always anxious when the weather changes like this and you have no idea how they are going to handle that kind of going, but obviously she does.”

Bred in Kentucky by Hidden Brook Farm, My Gal Betty was purchased at last year's Fasig-Tipton October Yearling sale for $120,000 by owner William K. Werner.

A new local turf prep in advance of next month’s Grade 1 Natalma, the Catch a Glimpse is named for Canada’s 2015 Horse of the Year, who won that race at Woodbine before capturing the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and five other graded turf stakes. 

My Gal Betty is among the seven 2018 juvenile winners for 5-time Grade 1 winner Point of Entry.

- edited from www.woodbine.com, Michael Burns photo

 

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08.12.2018

Ghostzapper's Champagne Problems Pops in Groupie Doll S. (G3)

Brad Stephens, Randy Bloch, John Seiler, Fred Merritr and David Hall's Champagne Problems showed......

Calvin Borel teamed with trainer Ian Wilkes to capture Ellis Park's signature race, as Champagne Problems powered to a 3 1/4-length victory over frontrunning favorite Sense of Bravery in the $100,000 Groupie Doll Stakes (G3).

The 4-year-old Ghostzapper filly races in the colors of Brad Stephens, Randy Bloch, John Seiler, Fred Merritr and David Hall and is trained by Ian Wilkes. She covered a mile over the fast main track in 1:36.74 as the 4-1 third choice.

"The filly always had talent," Borel said. "I've got to give credit to Ian for getting her ready for this race. We've been pointing her for this the last couple of races, and she's just getting better and better."

The 9-5 favorite Sense of Bravery was sharp out of the starting gate to take the lead through early fractions of :23.76 and :46.96, tracked by Jenda's Agenda, Mines and Magic and Pinch Hit down the backstretch. Champagne Problems was well back early, but really started to roll around the far turn.

Pinch Hit snuck to the inside of Mines and Magic, and that pair came calling at the top of the stretch to take over from Sense of Bravery. In the stretch run, Champagne Problems made up nearly eight lengths to take command and pull away, crossing the wire about four lengths the best. Mines and Magic was able to hold second over Pinch Hit.

Bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, Champagne Problems was a $270,000 yearling purchase at the Keeneland September sale. The previously stakes-placed filly has been a consistent runner for her owners, and the Groupie Doll win improves her record to 5-3-4 from 18 starts with earnings of $260,000.

Ghostzapper is now the sire of 10 blacktype winners in 2018, five of them winners at the Graded level. 2018 is the seventh consecutive year that Ghostzapper has been represented by double digit Stakes winners. 

One day earlier, a Ghostzapper yearling sold for $400,000 at the Fasig-Tipton New York Preferred sale, the highest-priced colt of the opening session.

- edited from www.paulickreport.com & bloodhorse.com


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08.12.2018

Ghostzapper Colt Hammered Down for $400,000 at F-T New York Preferred Yearling Sale

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Bloodstock agent Lincoln Collins, bidding on behalf of longtime owner Tracy Farmer, signed the ticket at $400,000 to acquire Hip 384,a colt by Ghostzapper during Saturday’s first session of the FasigTipton New York sale.

The yearling, who was consigned by Thomas Gallo on behalf of breeder Donald Schupak, will be trained by Mark Casse.

“He’s a very nice colt,” Collins said. “We all loved him. Mark Casse loved him, so that’s where he will go. There was a lot of interest in the horse, so it was clear we were going to have to give it a go and we prevailed in the end.”

The $400,000 price tag was the highest paid for a colt during the opening session. The attractive bay out of the Stakes-winning Smoke Glacken mare Clear Pasaj. From his first 10 starters out of Smoke Glacken daughters Ghostzapper has sired Sovereign Award Champion Hunters Bay, Japanese Stakes winner/millionaire Wild Flapper and 2018 Graded Stakes-placed Phantom Proton.

“We’re just looking for good racehorses,” Collins said. “Mr. Farmer is game and has been in the business a long time. We’ve worked together for a long time and now Mark is on the scene, so hopefully we’ll buy a good one.” Collins agreed the quality of recent graduates of the New Yorkbred sale and the strength of the state’s breeding incentives made buying out of the auction appealing.

Ghostzapper is in the midst of another stellar season with 9 blacktype winners and 17 blacktype horses, including Graded winners Holy Helena, Proctor's Ledge and Runaway Ghost.

- edited from www.thoroughreddailynews.com

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08.11.2018

Red Cabernet Is Latest Stakes Winner for Signature Red

Red Cabernet defeated defending Victoriana Stakes champion Niigon’s Eclipse to give her......

Red Cabernet defeated defending Victoriana Stakes champion Niigon’s Eclipse to give her connections lots to celebrate on Saturday after this year’s $100,000 edition.

Bred in Ontario by Paul Buttigieg, Red Cabernet is by Adena Springs North's newest addition Signature Red out of Gold Leaf Rose. She earned her fourth career win from 15 starts and first stakes victory for a group of six new owners led by Jim Menzies. Now an earner of $147,893 she was second in last year's La Prevoyante Stakes at Woodbine.



Trained by Ian Black for the new Piano Bar Racing ownership group, the four-year-old filly put jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson back in the stakes spotlight for the first time this year.

“This spring didn’t really go according to plan,” said Wilson, who sustained an arm injury during morning training just before the Woodbine meet opened and returned to action only two weeks ago. “A broken arm, three months off, longer than I expected, so this stakes victory is extra sweet.”

Red Cabernet settled off the pace in the 1-1/16-mile turf stakes for Ontario-sired fillies and mares three and up while Niigon’s Eclipse took command from Silent Sonet past the first quarter mark in :24.28. The even-money favorite reached the half in :47.41 and continued to lead past three-quarters in 1:11.07 while Sugar Jones moved into contention. However, Wilson sent Red Cabernet widest of all from the backfield down the stretch and she ran up a 3-1/2 length winning margin before hitting the wire in 1:41.34.

“She’s the type of filly that runs her best race from off the pace,” said Wilson, the 2018 Avelino Gomez Memorial Award recipient. “On paper, it looked like they were going be a little aggressive. But this quality of fillies, you can do anything you want with them so when they started getting a little quicker up front and I was happy and comfortable travelling in a nice rhythm in behind, I thought if she kicks away the way she kicked last time for Omar [Moreno] within range, I thought she’d blow right by them and she did.

An avid Toronto Maple Leafs fan, Menzies admitted a stakes victory at Woodbine trumps a Stanley Cup win in his books.

“A stakes victory is a much bigger deal. As big of a Leafs fan as I am, it doesn’t get much better than this, I must say,” he said, adding that Piano Bar Racing, named after a popular vacation spot for the group, will be celebrating the big win with a couple bottles of wine tonight.

- edited from www.woodbine.com

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08.11.2018

Two Adena Springs Breds by Ghostzapper Inducted Into Canadian Racing HOF

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A pair of Adena Springs bred multiple Grade 1 winners, Shaman Ghost and Judy the Beauty, were inducted into the Canadian Racing Hall of Fame in a wonderful ceremony at the Mississauga Convention Center near Woodbine Racetrack.

Both are by 2004 Breeders' Cup Classic hero and Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, the best product yet of Frank Stronach's storied breeding program. Ghostzapper is now a leading sire in Kentucky and was inducted into the National Racing Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs in 2012.

Stronach Stable’s Shaman Ghost was Canada’s champion male 3-year-old in 2015, when he won the Queen’s Plate and Grade 3 Marine Stakes. He went on to take the Grade 1 Woodward in 2016 and the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap in 2017. He retired as a winner of 8 of 17 starts, with earnings of over $3.8 million, and was recently moved from California to Kentucky to continue his stud career.



Judy the Beauty was sold by Adena Springs at the 2010 Keeneland September Yearling auction. She won the Eclipse Award for champion female sprinter in 2014, when she captured the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint for owner-trainer Wesley Ward. She won 9 of 22 outings, with earnings of just over $1.8 million.

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08.08.2018

$300,000 Point of Entry Yearling at The Saratoga Sale

Hip 149, a colt by Point of Entry, commanded a final bid of $300,000 at the prestigious......

Hip 149, a colt by Point of Entry, commanded a final bid of $300,000 at the prestigious Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearling auction.



Currently named Brewmeister, Hip 149 is the first foal out of the Giant's Causeway mare Wonder Brew, a daughter of the Adena Springs homebred Sovereign Award champion Ginger Brew. Wonder Brew was sold by Adena Springs for $270,000 at the 2016 Keeneland November sale carrying Brewmeister.

The flashy chestnut was consigned by Indian Creek and was purchased by Field Point Associates.

Point of Entry was also represented by Hip 97 at The Saratoga Sale and that colt was hammered down for $160,000 to August Dawn Farm.


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08.07.2018

$1.2M Adena Springs Bred Filly Tops Saratoga Sale Opening Session

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Hip 26, a filly from the first crop by American Pharoah, brought $1.2 million on opening night of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale. Bred in Ontario by Adena Springs, she was consigned by Gainesway on behalf of the pinhooking partnership Blue Sky Stables, which purchased her for $500,000 at the 2017 Keeneland November sale

Larry Best, standing alongside advisor John Dowd, was the winning bidder adding to his increasingly power-packed racing stable. The appeal of the seven-figure yearling was simple for Best.

"I didn't have one," he said in reference to the fillys' Triple Crown-winning sire. "I don't think you can go wrong with an American Pharoah filly crossed with a Malibu Moon mare. The residual value, just on the dam's side, is huge. I thought the price would actually go higher, but I wasn't going to go any higher. So I was surprised I got her."

The chestnut yearling, out of multiple Grade 1 winner Life at Ten, is a half-sister to Stronach Stables graded stakes placed Singing Bullet and her half-sister Bohemian Queen was an impressive debut winner at Woodbine Sunday, also in the Stronach red, black and gold.

Watch Bohemain Queen's Maiden victory

Life at Ten, winner of the 2010 Beldame S. (G1) and Ogden Phipps S. (G1), was purchased by Adena Springs for $1.95 million at the 2011 Keeneland November sale. 

- edited from www.thoroughbreddailynews.com

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07.28.2018

Perfect Start: 3 Starters, 3 Winners for Capo Bastone

Cruman Tapote, sent off as the 9-5 favorite in this debut run, broke like a shot from post two in......

Cruman Tapote, sent off as the 9-5 favorite in this debut run, broke like a shot from post two in a 5-furlong Maiden Special at Indiana Grand. He was on the engine through an opening quarter in :22.74, enjoyed a 3 1/2-length advantage in the stretch and kept finding more while racing on his left lead to graduate by 1 3/4 lengths over nine other rivals. 

The victory made him the third debut Maiden Special winner from as many starters for his sire, Capo Bastone.

Cruman Tapote was bred by his owner, Bad Boy Racing. Trainer Brad Cox gave the leg up to Fernando De La Cruz for the victory.

Capo Bastone got off the mark at the Keeneland Spring meeting when his first starter, Hargus, sped to victory in a 4 1/2-furlong Maiden Special contest. Next came Starship Nala, who debuted a winner in a 5-furlong Maiden Special at Gulfstream Park in early July.

Capo Bastone was an impressive juvenile debut winner himself, earning 'TDN Rising Star' status when unveiled at Del Mar. He culminated his juvenile season with placings in the Grade 1 FrontRunner S. and Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1). His signature win came the following season in the sire-making King's Bishop S. (G1) at Saratoga, a race won by the likes of Hard Spun, Tale of the Cat and More Than Ready.

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07.23.2018

Champion Shaman Ghost to Kentucky for 2019

Adena Springs’ multiple Grade 1 winner and $3,859,311 earner Shaman Ghost is relocating to Adena......

Adena Springs’ multiple Grade 1 winner and $3,859,311 earner Shaman Ghost is relocating to Adena Springs in Paris, Kentucky. The son of Horse of the Year Ghostzapper out of the Gilded Time mare Getback Time stood this past season in California at Lovacres Ranch and bred 92 mares in his first year at stud.

“We were gratified to introduce a stallion of Shaman Ghost’s caliber to California breeders in his first season at stud,” said Frank Stronach. “Now he can join his Hall of Fame sire Ghostzapper in the stall next door.”

On the racetrack, Shaman Ghost accumulated a record of 8-3-2 from 17 starts. He won or placed in seven stakes, including victories in the Woodward S. (G1), Santa Anita Handicap (G1), Brooklyn Invitational S. (G2) and the Pimlico Special (G3). He was also second to Champion Arrogate in the $12,000,000 Pegasus Cup (G1) at Gulfstream. At three, Shaman Ghost won the prestigious Queens Plate, providing Stronach his third victory in the race, and was named Champion 3-year-old in Canada.

“We’re grateful for the opportunity to have stood Shaman Ghost and we look forward to the arrival of his first crop next year. We bred some really nice mares to him,” said Terry Lovingier of Lovacres Ranch.

Ben Walden of Adena Springs added, “We are appreciative of Terry and everyone at Lovacres Ranch for their efforts and their results. Mr, Stronach remains exceptionally committed to the California breeding program, and we look to replace Shaman Ghost with another important stallion.”

For more information on Shaman Ghost, contact Ben Walden at (859) 221-8757 or Dermot Carty (859) 559-4928.

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07.15.2018

Ontario Matron (G3) is 5th Graded Score for Gamble's Ghost

With a well-timed stretch run, favorite Gamble’s Ghost powered up on the far outside to prevail by......

With a well-timed stretch run, favorite Gamble’s Ghost powered up on the far outside to prevail by a neck in the $125,000 Ontario Matron Stakes (G3) featured on the mid-July Sunday program at Woodbine Racetrack.

Jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva worked out the winning trip aboard Gamble’s Ghost for trainer Josie Carroll and owner/breeder Ivan Dalos, who also won last year’s edition of the 1-1/16 mile stakes race for fillies and mares with Ami’s Mesa.

Watch Ontario Matron

Gamble’s Ghost settled off the pace second-to-last early on while the Mark Casse-trained trio of My Arch Enemy, Malibu Bonnie and Let It Ride Mom raced on top through panels of :24.65, :50.21 and 1:14.85. Still eighth turning for home, Gamble’s Ghost kicked into action down the stretch and defeated the Casse crew at the wire in 1:44.88.

“When we were in the paddock, Josie told me just let her run her race. She was very, very relaxed all the way,” said Da Silva, who opted to save ground on the final turn with confidence that the mare’s patent late kick would land her the winner’s circle. “I know she’s going to run in the end and she ran beautiful. When she turned home, all she wanted to do was catch all the horses.”

“I had a little concern because it was an awful nice horse that was on the lead and it looked like she was going to win it,” said Carroll. “This mare, when she sees a horse in front of her, she’s going to catch it. That’s what I said to Eurico, ‘Don’t try to change her style. I know they’re probably going to back the pace up, but you can’t change her.’ She likes to make that one run.”

Gamble’s Ghost was sent postward as the 2-1 bettors’ choice following her Grade 3 Trillium Stakes score last time out on June 17 and paid $6.50, $3.10 and $2.50.

The five-year-old Ghostzapper-Gambling Girl mare earned her fifth Grade 3 stakes victory and ninth win overall from 19 starts to boost her bankroll over the $700,000 mark.

“I think she’s just getting better and better, which is unusual as a mare gets older, but she just loves to run. She loves to chase horses,” said Carroll.

The mare’s win marked the third time Carroll has won the Ontario Matron. 

Ghostzapper is the sire of nine 2018 stakes winners and three other Graded winners - Sunland Derby (G3) hero Runaway Ghost and the Grade 2 winners Proctor's Ledge and Holy Helena.

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

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07.08.2018

Milwaukee Brew's Kingsport Rules in Shepperton S.

Kingsport took down his sixth career stakes score while putting an end to the win streak of......

Kingsport took down his sixth career stakes score while putting an end to the win streak of Canada’s Horse of the Year, Pink Lloyd, with a rallying performance in Sunday’s $100,000 Shepperton Stakes, at Woodbine.

Trained by Sid Attard for Goldmart Farms and Royal Laser Racing Inc., the six-year-old son of Milwaukee Brew was taking his second Shepperton Stakes, a 6 ½-furlong Tapeta sprint for older horses, having previously won the 2016 edition.

Pink Lloyd, bet down to 1/9, brought an 11-race win streak to the Shepperton and was quick out of the gate under Eurico Rosa da Silva to battle through splits of :22.43, :44.86 and 1:09.27 with speedy Boreal Spirit. Pink Lloyd put away Boreal Spirit down the lane but Kingsport, last of five at the half-mile call under Patrick Husbands, made up 6 ½-lengths from the top of the stretch to win by 1 ½-lengths. Jacks Escarpment headed Pink Lloyd at the wire for place. Kingsport stopped the clock in 1:15.61.

 

Kingsport turned back from a pair of fourth-place runs in route races to secure his first win of 2018.

“Actually, this was the first year that he got a chance to train early in the spring,” Husbands said. “He never ran a jump in his last race, so Sid decided to cut him back. My game plan was that there was going to be speed up front, and give him one run. He gave me 110 (percent) today.”
Attard, who is just two wins shy of 2000 for his career, praised Kingsport’s versatility.

“He can do whatever you want. It just depends on how the race goes,” said the veteran conditioner. “When I saw him so far back, I wasn’t nervous. I knew he was going to come (with a run). I didn’t know if he was going to get there like he did, but Patrick really gave him a good ride. We’ve had a lot of good luck. He’s won a lot of big races for us.”

Kingsport, bred in Ontario by Richard Moylan, banked $60,000 in victory while improving his record to 8-7-3 from 26 career starts. His career bankroll now stands at $553,796.

-edited from www.woodbineentertainment.com

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07.07.2018

Two Starters, Two Winners for Capo Bastone

When Starship Nala broke from the rail in a 5-furlong Maiden Special on Saturday at Gulfstream......

When Starship Nala broke from the rail in a 5-furlong Maiden Special on Saturday at Gulfstream Park she became Capo Bastone's second starter. Just under one minute later she became her sire's second winner.

Racing in the colors of Starship Stables, the bay filly rated in sixth in the early going under Miquel Vasquez. After ranging up to third at the head of the lane she maintained that momentum, surging to the front and crossing the wire 1 1/4 lengths in front of the second-time starter Gerrys Big Win. The final time was :59.29.

Starship Nala was bred in Florida by William P. Sorren out of the Forest Wildcat daughter Perfectly Wild. She entered her debut off a spirited series of works at Gulfstream for trainer Steven Dwoskin.

Starship Nala joins the impressive Keeneland debut winner Hargus as early winners by Capo Bastone, winner of the 2013 King's Bishop S. (G1).

- photo by Adam Coglianese

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07.07.2018

Macho Uno's Done Deal Seals 4-Length Victory in Iowa Sprint H.

Done Deal made a winning stakes debut in the $100,000 Iowa Sprint on a stakes-rich Friday evening......

Done Deal made a winning stakes debut in the $100,000 Iowa Sprint on a stakes-rich Friday evening card at Prairie Meadows. The victory makes him the fifth 2018 stakes winner for his sire, Macho Uno.

Traveling smoothly under Chris Landeros he pressed Eurobond’s quick splits of 22.04 and 44.77 – and then closed the deal. Dashing away from the pacesetter, Done Deal cruised under the wire four lengths in front of his nearest pursuer. He stopped the timer in 1:09.04 for six furlongs on a fast track, paid $12.20 to win, and rewarded all the time trainer Ian Wilkes and owner-breeder Sierra Farm put in trying to bring out the best in their horse.

Out of the Tale of the Cat daughter Missbelle O’s Tale, Done Deal won for the fourth time in just seven starts. 

“It’s always nice when you have that kind of horse up under you,” Landeros said.

In 2018, Macho Uno is also the sire of the New York stakes winner Picco Uno and the Graded winners Kirby's Penny, Tommy Macho and Kona Gold S. (G2) winner Bobby Abu Dhabi.

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07.01.2018

Silent Name Filly Hits High Note in $100,000 Zadracarta S.

Silent Sonet, recipient of a perfect stalking trip under rider Eurico Rosa da Silva, surged to the......

Silent Sonet, recipient of a perfect stalking trip under rider Eurico Rosa da Silva, surged to the front in early stretch and held sway for a 1 ¼-length victory in Sunday’s $100,000 Zadracarta at Woodbine.



There were three lead changes early in the race as Sugar Jones was first from the gate but was soon passed by Lindalindalisten, who in turn surrendered the lead to Dublin Diva.

Silent Sonet, meanwhile, was sitting pretty on the outside after beginning from post 10 as Dublin Diva clicked off fractions of :22.60 for the quarter and :44.73 for the half.

“Our plan was to stay back a little bit more,” said jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva. “We know she loves the grass and she was very keen today. She broke there and she positioned herself in third and second place, she was traveling very easy and I didn’t want to bother her. She was happy where she was. When we turned for home, she kicked from there.”

Silent Sonet was in front by 1 ½-lengths as they reached the three-quarters in 1:07.42 and it was all over from there. Niigon’s Eclipse, coming off a front-running win in the Group 2 Nassau at one mile, found herself in a closing role at Sunday’s shorter distance and came strongly on the outside for second money, 1 ¾-lengths before Sugar Jones as the 2-1 choice.

The final time for the 7 furlongs on a turf track, which has been playing very fast, was 1:19.38, just .36 seconds off the track record set by the talented Soaring Free in 2004.

Silent Sonet was making her third start of the season after ending on the fringes in a pair of main track sprints. She recorded her second stakes victory in the Zadracarta, having captured the La Prevoyante over one mile of turf here last year. The homebred daughter of Silent Name-Dynasonet (by Hussonet) has now earned $174,342 for her owner/breeder Ivan Dalos.

“Actually, we had a plan with her,” said Gonzalez, who was sending out his first stakes winner of the meeting. We wanted to get her back on the turf where she had most of her success last year. She had a nice blowout in :58 and change for the race. She’s being doing really well after her first two races. She’s put on so much weight. You see the size of her now. To add to that – in a positive way – mentally, she’s even there more now. She’s grown up now.”

Silent Name is the sire of three other Stakes winners in 2018 and ranks as Ontario's leading sire by progeny earnings.

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06.30.2018

Delta Prince Tops Adena-Bred Exacta in G2 King Edward Stakes

Stronach Stables homebred Delta Prince, backed down to 2-1 favoritism even though he was making......

Stronach Stables homebred Delta Prince, backed down to 2-1 favoritism even though he was making his first start in almost 10 months, rallied resolutely on the outside under Javier Castellano for a going-away 1 ¾-length victory in Saturday’s $182,350 King Edward Stakes.

The Grade 2 King Edward, a one-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward, attracted a field of eight and Delta Prince was making his local bow for trainer Jimmy Jerkens.

“I like the way he did it today,” said Castellano, who was riding Delta Prince for the first time. “It was very impressive the way he did it.”



Delta Prince, breaking from the outside, broke well but settled back as Shakhimat shot up to hold a two-length lead through a quarter in :23.77 and a half in :46.58.

Caribou Club and First Premio were stalking in second and third place, with Delta Prince running next in line.

Shakhimat, trained by Roger Attfield, was challenged by Caribou Club around the final turn, but the leader kicked away again turning for home and was still in front through six furlongs in 1:09.11.

Delta Prince, who had launched his bid around the final turn but then seemed to stall briefly, was roused in early stretch and gutted it out to outfinish a stubborn Shakhimat in a final time of 1:32.35, just .20 seconds off the track record set by Wise Dan in the 2015 edition of the Woodbine Mile. The runner-up was also bred by Stronach's Adena Springs farm and sold at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Florida Two-Year-Old in Training sale at Gulfstream Park. The graded stakes-winning son of Lonhro has now earned $433,799.

A lightly-raced 5-year-old homebred son of Street Cry and Delta Princess, Delta Prince was recording his first stakes win in the King Edward.

The Kentucky-bred, who last saw action September 4 when third in Saratoga’s Grade 2 Bernard Baruch, was coming off a third-place finish. That race was won by Heart to Heart, who went on to win two Grade 1 stakes races this year.

Owner/breeder Frank Stronach, on hand for Saturday’s race, said the dark bay’s time away from the races had been a minor concern.

“We had a few problems, but Jimmy Jerkens has always been really high on him,” said Stronach, adding that Delta Prince is a half-brother to three-time Eclipse Award winner champion Royal Delta.

Stronach also agreed that the Grade 1, $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile, which will be run this year on September 15, could be an interesting long-term target.

“I think the Woodbine Mile would suit him,” said the owner/breeder.

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06.29.2018

Sligo Bay's Fairy Hill Leads Adena-Sired Sweep in Lady Angela Stakes

The Sligo Bay daughter Fairy Hill, cutting back in distance after finishing fourth in the 1......

The Sligo Bay daughter Fairy Hill, cutting back in distance after finishing fourth in the 1 1/8-mile Woodbine Oaks, launched a sustained rally while racing in between horses around the final turn and got up late to capture Friday’s 7-furlong Lady Angela Stakes by a neck.

The $100,000 Lady Angela, for Ontario-sired fillies, attracted a field of eight and was Fairy Hill’s first stakes victory. She defeated another Sligo Bay daughter, She's Got Fire with Stronach Stables Silent Name miss Zestina finishing third. 

“She was comfortable sitting where she was,” said jockey Jeffrey Alderson, who was riding his third career stakes winner and first at the meeting. “She let a couple of them go in front of her and she liked that. The game plan worked out there.”

Without A Doubt, breaking from post 7, had gone to the lead but was soon confronted by Zestina, who had rushed up after breaking from the 1-hole and led by two lengths through an opening quarter in :23.47.

The 17-1 Without A Doubt had moved up on the outside to lead by a head as the half-mile was reached in :46.36. But Zestina reclaimed the lead as they straightened out for the stretch drive, and still led through six furlongs in 1:10.84 with She’s Got Money and Fairy Hill in hot pursuit.

She’s Got Fire finished well to nail down the place money, a length to the good of Zestina but Fairy Hill was finishing strongest of all to claim the top prize.

“She’s maturing and she’s running really good. Hopefully she can keep that up and have bigger things to look forward to,” said Alderson.

Without A Doubt, Line of Vision and Bear Kitty rounded out the order of finish with the seven furlongs clocked in 1:23.22.

“We really liked this spot for her,” said trainer Norman McKnight. “I preferred something a little shorter for her as opposed to a route.”

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

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06.18.2018

Gamble's Ghost Uses Spirited Stretch Run to Capture Trillium S. (G3)

Gamble's Ghost, patiently handled by Eurico Rosa da Silva, rallied from next to last and six wide......

Gamble's Ghost, patiently handled by Eurico Rosa da Silva, rallied from next to last and six wide in the stretch to capture the $140,000 Trillium Stakes (G3) June 17 on Woodbine's all-weather track.

Trained by Josie Carroll for owner-breeder Ivan Dalos, Gamble's Ghost came into the 1 1/16-mile race off a rallying third in a May 21 allowance at the Ontario racetrack in her season debut. A winner of four of seven starts in 2017, the 5-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper would not be denied Sunday with a ground-saving trip under da Silva, who completed a sweep of the weekend stakes after taking Saturday's Steady Growth Stakes with Mr Havercamp.



My Arch Enemy set the tempo, marking off splits of :23.92 and :48.42 under the close watch of Ickymasho and Boreale, as da Silva and Gamble's Ghost found a home along the rail in next to last after leaving from the outside post in a field of eight.

My Arch Enemy maintained a precarious lead through the turn, tracked by Malibu Bonnie, Ickymasho, Sister Nation, and Grizzel. However, Gamble's Ghost angled off the rail late in the turn, powered down the center of the track, and won by a half-length over Ickymasho. My Arch Enemy stayed on for third over Grizzel. Gamble's Ghost stopped the clock in 1:43.61.

Da Silva was full of praise for the talented dark bay/brown mare who took her cues in a professional manner.

"We had a wonderful trip," said da Silva. "I was able to save a lot of ground. In the turn, when we turned home, I had a chance to shift her out, and she kicked from there. She kicked so strong. She's a wonderful horse to ride. So easy and a very kind horse."

The victory made Gamble's Ghost a graded winner in each of the past four seasons. She won the Mazarine Stakes (G3) in 2015, the 2016 Selene Stakes (G3), and added the Maple Leaf Stakes (G3) last season. Those triumphs propelled her to Sovereign Award nominations each year. She's now earned $653,160.

"She's so special. She's so honest and shows up every time," Carroll said. "She ran hard against a speed bias last time and didn't quite get there. She just shows up. She's just a good horse."

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06.16.2018

Macho Uno Mare Untouchable In Dancin Renee Stakes

Kennesaw Mountain Racing's Picco Uno capitalized on class relief, wiring a six-horse field by four......

Kennesaw Mountain Racing's Picco Uno capitalized on class relief, wiring a six-horse field by four lengths in the sixth running of the $125,000 Dancin Renee for state-bred fillies and mares 3-years-old and up on Saturday at Belmont Park.

Out of the gate, jockey Manny Franco sent Picco Uno to the front in the six furlong sprint, where she set fractions of 22.25 seconds for a quarter-mile and the half in 45.23 on the fast main track with Cozzy Spring giving pursuit.

Picco Uno gained separation out of the turn and Franco used a left-handed whip as the 5-year-old gray mare steadied away, completing the distance in 1:09.60.



"Coming into the race, the plan was to break out of there and get involved early. The other horse with speed [Cozzy Spring] was inside of me but I broke better than her and took advantage," Franco said. "My last two races aboard, we tried different tactics but today, he [Servis] wanted to be right there up front in the lead or second nothing further than that. Thankfully, it worked out getting on the lead early and she did everything from there easy."

The daughter of Macho Uno was bred by Adena Springs & Topsmeade, LLC and she increased her career bankroll to $413,667. 

"We told Manny not to take anything away from her. She always breaks sharp and he was able to go on with it. She ran a really great race and we're just thrilled," Servis said.

Servis said Picco Uno could be targeting the $100,000 Union Avenue for New York-breds on August 16 at Saratoga, where she will be looking to repeat her 2017 winning effort.

- edited from www.nyra.com

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06.14.2018

Another Six Figure Mucho Macho Man 2YO at OBS June

Hip #457, a flashy Mucho Macho Man filly named Yesterday's Girl, brought $150,000 on day 2 of the......

Hip #457, a flashy Mucho Macho Man filly named Yesterday's Girl, brought $150,000 on day 2 of the annual OBS June Two-Year-Old in Training sale. She is the seventh juvenile from her sire's first crop to command six figures (from 13 sold).

Out of the Stakes-placed Jade Hunter daughter Ayres Hall, the filly breezed a quarter in :20.4, one of the fastest moves during the three breeze sessions over the OBS all-weather surface. Stetson Racing LLC signed the $150,000 ticket.


 

Yesterday's Girl represents a successful pinhook for Brandon Rice's RiceHorse Stable. He purchased the filly for $65,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton October Yearling sale.

Mucho Macho Man juveniles have also commanded $625,000, $575,000, $260,000, etc. The 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic champion has already been represented by his first winner, the impressive debutante Mucho Amor at the Keenlenand Spring meeting. 

 

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06.11.2018

Ghostzapper 'Magic' As a Broodmare Sire

Glennwood Farm's broodmare Stage Magic (pictured with her 2018 Pioneerof the Nile foal) joined an......

Glennwood Farm's broodmare Stage Magic (pictured with her 2018 Pioneerof the Nile foal) joined an elite group this year as the producer of unbeaten Triple Crown champion Justify. She is among nine black-type producing mares from Ghostzapper's first crop and one of three who have produced a grade 1 winner to date.

Out of 80 live foals in the first crop by Adena Springs Kentucky's son of Awesome Again and 2004 Horse of the Year, 41 were fillies and 38 of them have produced at least one foal so far. Of Ghostzapper's first-crop mares, 33 (87%) have produced at least one runner, 29 (76%) have produced at least one winner, and nine (24%) have produced at least one black-type performer.

Six of the mares have produced black-type winners, led by Stage Magic, Eltimaas, and American Story, who have all produced a grade 1 winner. Among the three grade 1 producers, Eltimaas was the most expensive yearling purchase. The half sister to champion 2-year-old colt Action This Day first went through the 2008 Keeneland January winter mixed sale where she sold for $300,000 to Lee Rogers. She was then offered again by the Taylor Made Sales Agency at the Keeneland September yearling sale, where Shadwell Estate bought her for $600,000. Eltimaas would never make it to the races, so the trading began with her as a broodmare prospect and broodmare. She was offered at auction four times between 2010-13 and changed hands in three of those sales. 

Eltimaas was last sold at the 2013 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, where Machmer Hall bought her for $77,000 from the Blackburn Farm consignment. In that same sale was Eltimaas' 2013 Gio Ponti  colt, who sold for $200,000. The colt grew up to be three-time grade 1 winner and champion sprinter Drefong.

American Story, bred by Gibraltar Group, is the next most expensive grade 1-producing daughter of Ghostzapper. Eaton Sales sold the half sister to grade/group 1 winners Seventh Street and Reynaldothewizard, to Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds for $400,000 at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale. The pinhooking partners turned around and sold her for $400,000 to Kaleem Shah at the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Florida select 2-year-olds in training sale. Shah won three races and placed in three races with American Story, whose seconds all came in black-type races, including the Milady Handicap (G2).

Shah bred American Story for four consecutive years to Concord Point and produced grade 1 winner American Gal, black-type winner Americanize, and winner American All Star, who were all campaigned by Shah. The fourth Concord Point foal is a 2-year-old filly named America's Starlet, who has not started. American Story had a filly by Bayern  on May 12, 2017, so she went through the 2017 Fasig-Tipton November sale not pregnant. Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency still sold her for $2.2 million to Don Alberto.

A Magical Journey

Stage Magic was bred by Glennwood Farm and offered at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale, but she was bought back on a final bid of $70,000—far short of Ghostzapper's $200,000 entering-year stud fee. Unfazed, owner/breeder John Gunther put her into training and she won or placed in eight of her 12 starts. She finished second in the New Orleans Ladies Stakes and third in the Gardenia Stakes (G3), Pippin Stakes, and Roxelana Stakes. 

As broodmare, Stage Magic was first bred to Street Sense  and produced a colt named The Lieutenant, whom Glennwood sold for $50,000 as a yearling. The colt sold again for $185,000 to trainer Mike McCarthy and went on to win the All American Stakes (G3) May 28 at Golden Gate Fields. Stage Magic's second foal is a winning filly by Harlan's Holiday named Holiday Music, whom Glennwood sold for $60,000 as a yearling. Then came Justify, a son of Scat Daddy whose good looks and presence motivated China Horse Club and Maverick Racing to spend $500,000 on him at the Keeneland September yearling sale. The dual classic winner has earned nearly $3.8 million and has a rumored stud value of $75 million.

Stage Magic also has a 2-year-old by Pioneerof the Nile named Egyptian Storm, who sold for $230,000 to Robert Evans and West Point Thoroughbreds and has not started yet. The mare has a yearling colt by Will Take Charge  and a full brother to Egyptian Storm at her side. Stage Magic was bred to Quality Road this year. 

Overall, Ghostzapper daughters have produced nearly 70% winners and 9% blacktype winners from foals.

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com

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06.09.2018

Two New Saturday Stakes Winners for Ghostzapper

Queen’s Plate winterbook favorite Telekinesis punched his ticket to the June 30 Queen’s Plate with......

Queen’s Plate winterbook favorite Telekinesis punched his ticket to the June 30 Queen’s Plate with a gutsy score over a persistent Rose’s Vision in Saturday’s $125,000 Plate Trial Stakes at Woodbine. It capped another brilliant Saturday for Ghostzapper, also the sire of the new Stakes winner Lift Up who captured the Miss Liberty Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Telekinesis set moderate fractions of 25.06, 49.66 and 1:13.31 in the nine-furlong route, while being pressed throughout by Rose’s Vision.

Rose’s Vision drew abreast of Telekinesis early in the stretch, but Telekinesis dug in through the final furlong to prevail by 1 3/4 lengths, in a time of 1:50.40.

Watch the Plate Trial Stakes

“He was traveling so easy,” said Patrick Husbands, who rode Telekinesis for trainer Mark Casse. “By the time I left the gates, he had one ear back and one ear forward. That’s the sign that a horse is very comfortable under you. By the three-quarter pole, he still had one ear forward and one ear back. It told me he was just playing with that horse. Down the lane, I squeezed him a little bit. He did just enough to win the race.”

A handsome son of Ghostzapper, Telekinesis earned $75,000 in his first stakes victory for Stonestreet Stables.

Up And Up

Just a few minutes prior to the Plate Trial, Lift Up used a powerful late rally to capture the Miss Liberty Stakes over the Monmouth Park turf course. The four-year-old Ghostzapper filly races in the green and white colors of her breeder Augustin Stables (George Strawbridge). She has now won four of her past five races and appears to be headed to Graded stakes company.

Watch the Miss Liberty Stakes

Also on Saturday, the Ghostzapper multiple Grade 2 heroine Proctor's Ledge ran a fine second in the Grade 1 Just a Game Stakes on the Belmont Stakes undercard and Stronach Stables Ghostzapper filly placed in the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks.

Ghostzapper is now the sire of 8 Stakes winners in 2018 and 65 lifetime from 561 starters, an incredible 11.5% strike rate.

The big news on Saturday was, of course, the victory by Justify in the Belmont Stakes and Ghostzapper and a hand in that victory as well. The unbeaten Triple Crown hero is out of the mare Stage Magic, a graded Stakes-placed Ghostzapper daughter. Justify is among the three Grade 1 winners produced by Ghostzapper daughters so far

- portions from www.drf.com, photo by Michael Burns


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06.08.2018

Frank Stronach Honored with Dinny Phipps Award

In a ceremony high above the iconic Bryant Park in New York City Thursday night, Thoroughbred......

In a ceremony high above the iconic Bryant Park in New York City Thursday night, Thoroughbred owner and breeder Frank Stronach was presented with the second annual Dinny Phipps Award for his longstanding dedication to equine health.

The presentation highlighted the Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration, a fund-raising event benefitting Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. It was held at the Bryant Park Grill for a third consecutive year.

The award, created by ambassador Earle I. Mack, is named for Ogden Mills "Dinny" Phipps, the longtime chairman of The Jockey Club who died in April 2016. Phipps' wife, Ande, and Stuart S. Janney III, the current chairman of The Jockey Club, presented the bronze sculpture to Stronach.

"Dinny was a great person and I'm honored to receive an award that carries his name, " Stronach said. "He would only do things that were good for horse racing. We got closer through the years and we all miss him. He made great contributions to racing. I've made some and I hope to make more."

Stronach created the Adena Springs Retirement program and has organized aftercare and retirement programs at his racetracks. He has won 12 Eclipse Awards as an owner and breeder. He has won the Sovereign Award for Outstanding Owner in Canada a co-record nine times and has won 18 Sovereign Awards overall.

In his acceptance remarks Stronach also talked about the need to get younger people involved in the sport and the need to get different factions in the industry "to sit down to [figure out ways] to improve the sport."

The Phipps family was honored with the inaugural award a year ago.

Approximately 175 people attended the event and Tom Durkin, the retired New York Racing Association announcer, served as master of ceremonies.

Mack, himself a longtime Thoroughbred owner and breeder, commissioned the Toronto-based Odon Wagner Gallery and artist Gary Weisman to produce the bronze sculpture that is presented to the honoree each year.

Janney, in remarks prior to the award presentation, thanked Mack for creating the award, for his longstanding and ongoing support of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and his support for the Man O' War Project, a research study at Columbia University to determine the effectiveness of equine-assisted therapy to treat veterans who suffer from PTSD.

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation is traditionally the nation's leading source of private funding for equine medical research that benefits all breeds of horses. The foundation has provided $26 million to fund 358 projects at 43 universities since 1983. Additional information about the foundation is available at grayson-jockeyclub.org.

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com

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05.21.2018

'Spectacular' Mucho Macho Man 2YO Commands $625,000 at FT Midlantic Sale

A speedy colt from the first crop of Mucho Macho Man was purchased by Michael Lund Petersen for......

A speedy colt from the first crop of Mucho Macho Man was purchased by Michael Lund Petersen for $625,000 during the first session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale.

Consigned as Hip 278 by Kirkwood Stables, the colt breezed the fastest quarter mile of :21 1/5 during the under tack workouts leading up to the sale. The next fastest quarter was :23 3/5. The colt had been a $55,000 buy-back at the Ocala Breeders' Sales March juvenile sale and was previously acquired for $95,000 from Select Sales at the 2017 Keeneland September yearling sale.

"He matured a little bit," Kirkwood's Kip Elser said of the difference between the OBS sale at which the colt was bought back and the result Monday. Elser said the colt had worked well both over the synthetic surface at OBS and on dirt at the Maryland State Fairgrounds where the Fasig-Tipton sale takes place. "He was good on the poly (an eighth in :10 flat) and he was spectacular on the dirt," the South Carolina-based trainer said. "He was brilliant here and he stood out and sold."

Watch Hip #278's bullet breeze

Produced from the winning Giant's Causeway mare Itsagiantcauseway, the colt is from the extended female family of Canadian Horse of the Year and sire Peaks and Valleys and multiple grade 2 winner Alternation. He was bred in Kentucky by Teneri Farm and Bernardo Alvarez Calderon.

On the second day of the sale, a Mucho Mucho Man filly sold for $150,000 to California trainer Bob Hess. Half of the first 12 Mucho Macho Man juveniles sold have now commanded six figure bids and have averaged $172,917. The other big sellers include a $560,000 colt at the OBS March sale and the $260,000 Hargus, who became his sire's first winner by blitzing a Maiden Special field at Keeneland on April 26.

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com/photo by Tibor Szlavik

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05.20.2018

Adena Springs Classic Breeding Prominent in Preakness 143 Finish

It would be hard to paint a more a dramatic scene for Saturday's 143rd Preakness Stakes. A......

It would be hard to paint a more a dramatic scene for Saturday's 143rd Preakness Stakes. A week-long mid-Atlantic deluge left historic Pimlico Racecourse wringing wet. When the skies briefly, mercifully relented an eerie fog moved in making most of the middle of the jewel of the Triple Crown invisible to the 134,487 brave and wild fans on the grounds. 

It wasn't until the 1/8th pole that the grand chestnut with the big white blaze materialized from the nebula. Justify was in front of Good Magic, their taxing pace duel unknown to most of the roaring crowd. Justify was going to win! But wait, here comes Tenfold! Here comes Bravazo!

At the wire Justify did hold off Bravazo by a 1/2 length with Tenfold another neck back in third. The finish line camera not only captured one of the more exciting finishes in Triple Crown lore, it captured another proud moment in the long and storied history of the Adena Springs breeding program.

Justify is out of a mare by the Adena Springs homebred Hall of Famer Ghostzapper. Bravazo is a son of Ghostzapper's sire, the Adena Springs homebred Hall of Famer Awesome Again. In fact, Bravazo's dam was purchased by Adena Springs specifically for the court of Awesome Again.

A Classic Story 

Awesome Again became the first Breeders' Cup Classic winner to sire a Breeders' Cup Classic winner when Ghostzapper captured the Classic (and Horse of the Year title) in 2004. He's hardly slowed down since. Awesome Again is now up to 14 Grade 1 winners and his 11th millionaire emerged just last month when another Adena Springs homebred, Something Awesome, scored in the Charles Town Classic (G2).

Bravazo fell just short of giving Awesome Again his second Preakness winner this decade after 2013 hero Oxbow, who won in the colors of Calumet Farm. Oxbow is out of a mare by the Relaunch stallion Cee's Tizzy, also the damsire of Awesome Again's Haskell Invitational (G1) winner and Belmont Stakes (G1) runner-up Paynter. This pattern made Bravazo's dam, the Cee's Tizzy daughter Tiz o' Gold, a coveted target for Awesome Again. The 7-time winner was acquired by Adena Springs, bred to Awesome Again and then sold at the 2014 Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale. Calumet Farm, no doubt influenced by their success with Oxbow, swooped in and made the purchase. 

Watch Director of Sales Dermot Carty Discuss the Adena Springs Breeding Program on TVG

Pedigree blogger Melissa Bauer-Herzog noted the full breadth of Awesome Again's impact on the Preakness weekend stakes in her March 20 post: "At 24 years old and still an active stallion, Awesome Again (Deputy Minister) is already impressive. But add in the fact that that he plays a major role in the pedigrees of the top two Preakness finishers, the Black Eye Susan second and the Chick Lang third and it was a great weekend for the Adena Spring stallion."
 
Black-Eyed Susan runner-up Coach Rocks is from Oxbow's first crop and previously captured the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2); Clouded Judgement is by Oxbow's Stakes-winning full brother Awesome Patriot.

The Flipside

Justify's dam, Stage Magic, is one of 14 blacktype horses from Ghostzapper's first crop. She was bred and raced by her owner John Gunther and joined his storied broodmare band after her 3rd-place finish to Eclipse Champion Groupie Doll in the 2011 Gardenia Stakes (G3). Justify, sold by Gunther for $500,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September auction, is her third foal. 

Ghostzapper first started to emerge as a broodmare sire in 2016 when Drefong rolled through the King's Bishop S. (G1) and Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) en route to Eclipse Award honors. From just 151 starters Ghostzapper daughters are responsible for 13 blacktype winners (8.6%) and four other Graded winners, including the multiple Grade 1 heroine American Gal.

Frank Stronach will be honored with the Dinny Phipps Award on June 7. In a recent interview he summed up his long and prodigious involvement in the thoroughbred racing and breeding industry - "I do what I do because I am heavily involved with horses and love horses." 

Click here for the full interview.

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05.12.2018

Kirby's Penny is Macho Uno's Third Graded Winner of 2018

Kent Spellman's Kirby's Penny kicked clear in the final eighth of the Vagrancy Stakes (G3) ,......

Kent Spellman's Kirby's Penny kicked clear in the final eighth of the Vagrancy Stakes (G3) , earning her first graded stakes win in the third race on Belmont's Saturday card.

Watch the Vagrancy Stakes

The 5-year-old daughter of Macho Uno took a three-wide path around the far turn, then overtook the 3-1 Chalon in the stretch to win by about 1 1/2 lengths. Ridden by John Velazquez for trainer Wesley Ward, Kirby's Penny covered 6 1/2 furlongs over Belmont's “good” main track in 1:16.42. Favored Holiday Disguise finished third.

“I think she likes Belmont,” Ward said. “She likes an off track. And, she got a great ride, as I always do with Johnny [Velazquez]. For whatever reason, horses always seem to run great for him. I'm always happy to have Johnny. I can't always get him from Todd [Pletcher], that's his main man, but anytime I can, I'm very thankful to have him.”

As expected, the quick-footed Sounds Delicious grabbed the lead from her rail position out of the starting gate, moving away from the field by about a length down the backstretch. Tracked by both Chalon and Kirby's Penny, Sounds Delicious rated out fractions of :22.20 and :45.15.

Chalon moved up to challenge the leader through the far turn, and while Sounds Delicious battled back bravely, the frontrunner eventually folded at the three-sixteenths pole. Chalon took command from that point, but Kirby's Penny, who had swung wide around the turn, wasn't done yet and was making big strides down the center of the track.

Kirby's Penny easily passed Chalon, kicking clear in the late stages to cross the wire about 1 1/2 lengths in front. Favorite Holiday Disguise closed well to finish third, while Sounds Delicious faded to fourth.

“I went to go and get good position,” said Velazquez, “and when the other one (Chalon) went and put the other horse on the lead, it was perfect because it let somebody else put the fight on the horse in front, so we went to the outside, and she did it all after that.”

Bred in Kentucky by Hidden Springs Farm, Kirby's Penny was a $70,000 Keeneland September Yearling sale purchase. She RNA'd at $75,000 at the OBS March sale of 2-year-olds in training, then commanded a final bid of $50,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic juvenile sale. A consistent performer through her 2017 season, Kirby's Penny has compiled an overall record of seven wins from 12 starts, with earnings of over $330,000.

She's the third Graded winner of 2018 for Macho Uno following Bobby Abu Dhabi, who earned his first Stakes victory in the April 21 Kona Gold Stakes (G2) and Tommy Macho who took the Fred W. Hooper Stakes (G3) to further advance his bankroll toward the $1 million mark.

- edited from www.paulickreport.com/NYRA, Chelsea Durand photo

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05.06.2018

A Huge Derby Weekend for Ghostzapper

Kentucky Derby weekend is one of the biggest on the North American racing calendar and Ghostzapper......

Kentucky Derby weekend is annually one of the biggest on the North American racing calendar and Ghostzapper was prominent in the pedigrees of several important winners this year.

Stronach Stable's homebred Ghostzapper filly Holy Helena was one of his two graded winners on the weekend, winning the Sheepshead Bay Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park. The win was the third in a row and sixth from nine career starts for Holy Helena, who beat colts in the 2017 Queen's Plate en route to a Sovereign Award as Canada's Champion 3YO Filly. She kicked off her 2018 campaign with a powerful victory in her turf debut at Gulfstream Park followed by a win in that track's The Very One Stakes (G3) on March 3. She's now earned $1,009,333 and is Ghostzapper's 8th millionaire.

Watch the Sheepshead Bay Stakes

Trained by Jimmy Jerkens and bred by Adena Springs in Ontario, Holy Helena was produced from the Holy Bull mare, Holy Grace. 

“It's always very tricky when all the horses have the same style,” Jerkens said of the slow-paced event. “I couldn't tell who was going to be on the lead or anything. I guess the pace was slow and they were very fresh up ahead of her and she had to sprint down the lane to win it. She bobbled a little bit too right in mid-stretch there. She was running so fast, it was kind of like the ground kind of gave out under her."

Earlier in the day at Churchill Downs another Ghostzapper distaff turf star, Proctor's Ledge, rose to the occasion in the Churchill Turf Distaff Mile Stakes (G2) in front of a large throng assembled for the 144th Kentucky Derby.
  
"I had a perfect trip," said Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez. "We broke pretty well and got into the position I wanted to be in. I didn't want to be too far back. She settled well, and after that I bided my time to get a nice run down the lane. When the time came, I pulled her out and she responded right away."

Proctor's Ledge boosted her earnings to $579,090, with a 5-2-1 record from 12 starts. The 4-year-old was bred in Kentucky by her owner Patricia Mosely out of the stakes-placed Arch mare Archstone. She landed her third graded stakes score in the Turf Distaff Mile. In 2017 the handsome bay won the Lake George Stakes (G3) and Lake Placid Stakes (G2) consecutively at Saratoga Race Course and will eye the Diana Stakes (G1) there as a major target this summer.

"There's a mile race on Belmont Day (and) there's a mile and a quarter race on Belmont Day," trainer Brendan Walsh said of future starts. "The Diana at Saratoga, you would think, would be her main target, seeing that she has such an affinity for Saratoga. We'll be careful with her because I think she'll get better and better as she goes along. I think her best races are still in front of her."

The main event on May 5 was, of course, the 144th Kentucky Derby and the unbeaten winner Justify was produced by the Ghostzapper daughter Stage Magic. 

"He just put himself up there with the greats," exclaimed Justify's trainer Bob Baffert, who knows a thing or two about all-timers, having had 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and champion Arrogate, racing's all-time richest racehorse, emerge from his barn. "We knew he was capable. He showed me that—we were talking about it—but I didn't want to say it. I knew I had something really special, but he had to prove it today."

Bred in Kentucky by John Gunther, Justify is by the late Scat Daddy and is the third foal out of Stage Magic. Her first foal, the Street Sense son The Lieutenant has placed in pair of Stakes on the Southern California circuit including the April 28 Californian Stakes (G2). Stage Magic is one of 17 blacktype horses from Ghostzapper's first crop foaled in 2007.

Collectively the daughters of Ghostzapper have gotten off to a tremendous start as producers. From their first 150 starters they've produced 104 winners (69%) and 13 Stakes winners (12.5%). Among their other Stakes winners are Eclipse Champion Sprinter Drefong and American Gal, who also put her talents on display on the Kentucky Derby undercard. 

Winner of last summer's Test Stakes (G1), she added another Grade 1 to her resume in the Humana Distaff (G1). Bred by her owner Kaleem Shah, American Gal (by the Tapit son Concord Point) has now won five of her eight starts and earned over $900,000.

Ghostzapper was also represented by impressive debut winner and 'TDN Rising Star' Bugle Notes on the May 4 Kentucky Oaks card and McCraken, who scored in his 2018 debut on Derby Day. McCraken has captured a trio of Graded Stakes and was a nose short of winning last year's Haskell Invitational (G1). It's likely trainer Ian Wilkes used the Derby Day allowance as a stepping stone to the June 16 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1).

-edited from www.paulickreport.com & www.bloodhorse.com


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05.05.2018

$825,000 Ghostzapper Yearling Makes Good as 'Rising Star'

St Elias and West Point Thoroughbreds Bugle Notes, a son Ghostzapper, had to do it tough following......

St Elias and West Point Thoroughbreds Bugle Notes, a son Ghostzapper, had to do it tough following a tardy dispatch, but just kept on coming and edged clear late to score by 2 1/4 lengths to become a ‘TDN Rising Star’ during the early portion of the Oaks undercard Friday at Churchill Downs.

Watch Bugle Notes Maiden Victory

As an $825,000 Keeneland September purchase, the bay colt was the most expensive of 38 of his sire’s yearlings to sell in 2016 and he was duly sent off the 9-10 chalk to get his career off on a winning note. One of the last away from the gates, Bugle Notes jumped into the bridle, but had no choice but to race four and five deep on the track in the run to the turn. Able to sustain his momentum despite the considerable ground loss on the bend, he swept up to lead while drifting in a bit on second-time starter Bueno Bueno Bueno at the furlong grounds, but stuck to his task to take it by about two lengths.

A half-brother to Graded winner Annual Report and Stakes winner Giant Payday, Bugle Notes hails from a prolific Phipps female line. He is out of a daughter of Grade 1 winner Furlough, the dam of Graded winner Happy Hunting and Stakes winner Pardon. The third dam includes Furlough’s Grade 1-winning half-sister Finder’s Fee and Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) hero Dancing Spree. Bugle Notes’s 2-year-old half-brother by Hard Spun brought $400,000 from John Oxley at the recently concluded OBS April sale after a :21 1/5 breeze. 

Bugle Notes kicked off a huge weekend for Ghostzapper, who was the sire of a pair of graded winners and the damsire of two Grade 1 victors including unbeaten Kentucky Derby champ Justify.

- edited from www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/Coady photo

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04.29.2018

Silent Name's Summer Sunday Best in Fury Stakes

Even-money favorite Summer Sunday persevered in the final furlong to capture the featured $125,000......

Even-money favorite Summer Sunday persevered in the final furlong to capture the featured $125,000 Fury Stakes for Canadian-foaled three-year-old fillies on Sunday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack.

Watch the Fury Stakes

Teaming up with jockey Rafael Hernandez, Summer Sunday, by Silent Name, broke well from post five and clocked an opening quarter-mile in :23.37 before coming under pressure from Queen’s Fate, who gained a short lead at the half in :45.82. Glamanation, an Adena Springs-bred stakes winner by Point of Entry, then rallied three-wide into contention entering the final turn of the seven-furlong sprint, but Summer Sunday forged on despite veering towards the grandstand side to score in 1:24.17. Glamanation ducked inside through the stretch and raced down the middle of the track to finish second, one and three-quarter lengths behind the winner, with the rail-skimming Avie’s Mineshaft a neck back in third.

“She just broke right on top and there was no way I was going to take her back,” said Hernandez, who rode his second stakes winner of the meet. “She was doing her job and you can see how she stuck it out, how wide she goes, still winning. If she goes straight, we should have won easy. She made me work hard.”

Not only did Summer Sunday overcome steering issues to notch the third stakes win of her career, but she managed to do so carrying a field-high 124 pounds.

“It was a little nerve-wrecking for a minute, but she came through finally and that was great,” said William Scott, who co-owns the Silent Name-Dancing Allstar filly with his wife Anne. “I was a little nervous about the weight – 124 pounds is a lot of weight this time of year in my estimate – but she handled it with ease.”

Summer Sunday remains undefeated over Woodbine’s all-weather track with three prior victories including the Nandi and Muskoka Stakes last season. Bred in Ontario by Trinity West Stables, the filly is four-for-five with her only loss in the Grade 3 Beaumont on Keeneland’s dirt course three weeks ago.

“She had trained okay over the dirt. We had no other real options. We really felt we had her away for the winter for a reason to get one start in her anyway,” said trainer Stuart Simon of Summer Sunday’s debut. “So we thought we’d give it a try, but it just wasn’t her preferred surface and it was a very tough bunch too. When you face those kinds of horses, you’ve got to have everything to your liking.”

All six fillies are eligible to the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser (1-1/8 miles), set for June 9. Silent Name is also the sire of Silent Sting, winner of the Queenston Stakes on April 22. The Stronach Stables star is among the early favorites for the $1 million Queen's Plate.

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

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04.26.2018

Big Love - Mucho Amor First Winner for Mucho Macho Man

Mucho Amor, the first starter by 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic champ Mucho Macho Man, showed speed......

Freshman sire Mucho Macho Man was represented by his first runner and winner, Mucho Amor, who grabbed the lead early and never looked back to win a  maiden special weight at Keeneland. 

Watch Mucho Amor's Maiden Victory

The 2-year-old filly, trained by Wesley Ward for Ten Broeck Farm, was sent off as the second choice at 2-1 in the field of 11 juvenile fillies going 4 1/2 furlongs. 

Blame the Frog jumped out of the gate for the lead, but was quickly taken over by Mucho Amor, who set fractions of :22.66 and :45.78 through a half-mile. With Blame the Frog pressing as the only challenger in the stretch, Mucho Amor finished the distance a neck in front in :52 flat over a fast track.

Bred by Ed Few in Kentucky, Mucho Amor is out of the Rock Hard Ten mare Raucous Lady. Consigned by Hidden Brook to the 2017 Keeneland September yearling sale, Mucho Amor sold to Hal Hatch, agent, for $135,000. She was then sent to the Ocala Breeders' Sales March sale of 2-year-olds in training, where she was consigned by Halcyon Hammock Farm and sold to Ben McElroy for $260,000.

The commercial market has been high on the Mucho Mucho Mans all spring with four of his first six juveniles sold at auction bringing six figures. Along with Mucho Amor, two-year-olds have sold for $575,000, $150,000 and $105,000.

Mucho Macho Man is by Eclipse Champion 2YO Macho Uno and was multiple Graded Stakes-placed during his own juvenile campaign. Over four subsequent racing seasons he was nine of his 25 starts and earned $5,625,410. His major accomplishments included a third-place finish in the Kentucky Derby(G1) at 3, a second-place finish in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), and scores in the 2013 Awesome Again Stakes (G1) and Breeders' Cup Classic as a 5-year-old.

Mucho Macho Man stands for a 2018 fee of $10,000.

- edited from www.bloodhorse.com/Coady photo

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04.26.2018

More Six-Figure Juveniles for Mucho Macho Man at OBS April

A pair of first crop juveniles by Breeders' Cup Classic champion Mucho Macho Man commanded......

A pair of first crop juveniles by Breeders' Cup Classic champion Mucho Macho Man commanded six-figure bids at the OBS April Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training.

On day two of the sale, Hip #572 was purchased by Say Jay Racing through agent Brooke Hubbard. The filly, out of the stakes-winning Bright Launch daughter Launch a Double, looked good in her breeze on April 18 stopping the timer in :10.1. She was consigned by Off the Hook, LLC.

During the prior session Hip #85, a Mucho Macho Man colt out of the Langfuhr dam Becker County Miss, went for $105,000 to Alrashid USA Group. Consigned by SGV Thoroughbreds, the colt is a successful pinhook for Win Some Racing who purchased him at last year's OBS January sale for $35,000.

Along with a $575,000 colt and $260,000 filly at OBS March, four of the first five Mucho Macho Man two-year-olds sold have commanded six figures. The $260,000 filly, now named Mucho Amor, has gone on to become the first starter and winner for her sire with a wire-to-wire debut victory at Keeneland on April 26.

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04.24.2018

Frank Stronach To Be Honored With Dinny Phipps Award

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced April 24 that Frank Stronach, founder and......

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced April 24 that Frank Stronach, founder and honorary chairman of The Stronach Group and a leading Thoroughbred owner and breeder, will be presented with the Dinny Phipps Award at the Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration Thursday, June 7, at the Bryant Park Grill in New York City.

Earle Mack, an active participant in Thoroughbred racing and breeding for more than five decades, created the award in 2017 to honor an individual or individuals who have demonstrated dedication to equine health. The Phipps family received the inaugural Dinny Phipps Award at last year's charity celebration. All proceeds from the event benefit the ongoing research of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation to improve equine health for all breeds.

"Frank Stronach has been committed to improving all aspects of the horse racing industry since entering the sport more than 50 years ago," said Mack. "I am thrilled to bestow the Dinny Phipps Award to an individual who prioritizes the wellbeing of the equine in all areas from breeding to racing to racetrack management."

"From his support of Grayson's work to his efforts to ensure the highest standards of health and soundness for his horses and all horses that compete at his racetracks, Frank Stronach epitomizes the essence of the Dinny Phipps Award, and he is extremely deserving of this accolade," said Dell Hancock, chairman of Grayson.

The evening will feature a cocktail reception and delicious food on the rooftop of the restaurant, which overlooks the famed Bryant Park. Tickets for the event are available at $250 each, and there are also various sponsorship opportunities available.

The Stronach Group owns and operates several racetracks, including Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park, and Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness Stakes (G1). Santa Anita has hosted the Breeders' Cup a record nine times, and Gulfstream has hosted the first two editions of Stronach's innovative Pegasus World Cup, the world's richest horse race.

Stronach has won 12 Eclipse Awards as an owner and breeder. He has won the Sovereign Award for Outstanding Owner in Canada a co-record nine times.
In pursuit of his goal to care for horses at all stages of their lives, Stronach created the Adena Springs Retirement program and has organized aftercare and retirement programs at his racetracks. He also has pledged support to the Horseracing Integrity Act of 2017, which would create a uniform, nationwide, conflict-free drug testing enforcement program for horse racing.

"It is with great gratitude that I wish to thank the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation for being chosen as the second recipient of the Dinny Phipps Award," said Stronach. "This award not only honors the legacy of a great man in the Thoroughbred industry but represents upholding the integrity of our sport and improving equine health—values and principles that are most important to me."

Additional information about the Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration can be obtained by contacting Nancy Kelly at nkelly@jockeyclub.com.
Phipps, a prominent Thoroughbred owner and breeder, served as the chairman of The Jockey Club from February 1983 until he retired in August 2015. He received numerous honors and awards through the years for his dedication and commitment to the Thoroughbred industry. He died on April 6, 2016.

Mack has owned Thoroughbreds since 1963 and has actively supported equine retirement initiatives. A member of The Jockey Club since 2012, he has also served as a board member at various times for the New York Racing Association, the New York State Thoroughbred Racing Capital Investment Fund, and the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund Corp. He was chairman of the New York State Racing Commission in the mid-1980s.

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