Another Saturday, Another Ghostzapper Graded Stakes Winner

07.09.2017 -

Seven-year-old Ghost Hunter scored the 18th victory of his 46-race career in Saturday's Grade 3 Arlington Handicap at Arlington Park, getting a ground-saving ride from Edwin Gonzalez and edging long shot Oak Brook at the wire by three-quarters of a length. Kasaqui, the Argentine-bred who won the 2016 Arlington Handicap and finished a close second in the G1 Arlington Million, finished third.

Time for the 1 3/16 miles on firm turf was 1:55.86. Ghost Hunter is a gelding by Ghostzapper out of Hartfelt, by Kafwain. He was bred in Kentucky by Adena Springs and sold by the farm at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton July Yearling auction.

Ghost Hunter is Ghostzapper's 31st lifetime graded winner and his 6th of 2017. This year he's also been represented by multiple Grade 1 winner Paulasilverlining, Grade 1 winner Shaman Ghost, Faypien (G2), Iliad (G2) and McCraken (G3) as well as Queen's Plate heroine Holy Helena.

Owned by Triple K Stables and trained by Jamie Ness, Ghost Hunter saved ground throughout, sitting just behind Crewman, the long shot pacesetter who carved out fractions of :23.71, :48.61 1:14.43 and 1:38.86 for the opening mile.

Oak Brook, close up early, engaged the front runner to the outside turning into the stretch, with Gonzalez finding a narrow opening along the inside for Ghost Hunter. “I think my decision to go inside was the right one,” said Gonzalez. “I was trying to decide – if I went outside it would use too much – and then the door opened and I took it.”

Winner of the Presque Isle Mile Stakes in the middle of a six-race winning streak in 2016, Ghost Hunter was winning his first graded stakes in the Arlington Handicap. 

The Arlington Handicap serves as a prep for the historic Arlington Million on Aug. 12.

-edited from www.paulickreport.com, photo by Four Footed Fotos

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