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

05.05.2018 -

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.

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