Ghostzapper 2YO Ghostly Presence Flies Home in $250,000 Princess Elizabeth S.
Chiefswood Stable's homebred Ghostly Presence got up in the final strides to catch heavy favorite Enstone in the $250,000 Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Woodbine Nov. 12.
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It was the second career win for the two-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper. She scored by eight lengths in her first start, a six-furlong maiden special weight at Woodbine Aug. 13. Ghostly Presence is also the second new juvenile stakes winner for her sire in the past 13 days after McCraken, the impressive winner of the Street Sense Stakes on October 30.
Front-running Enstone, under jockey Patrick Husbands, set an easy pace with fractions of :24.76, :49:03, 1:13.50, and 1:37.68 through a mile. She opened up by 4 1/2 lengths on the backside before the field of Canadian-bred, 2-year-old fillies started gaining ground on her around the turn for home in the 1 1/16-mile contest.
Ghostly Presence, ridden by jockey Steve Bahen, stalked the pace and drove to the wire to catch Enstone and win by a half-length in a final time of 1:43.90 for trainer Roger Attfield. Mythical Missionfinished third, 2 3/4 lengths behind Enstone.
"(Attfield) said she had some speed and to just try to get over and get position leaving from the outside," Bahen said.
"I thought her last race was a really good race," Attfield said. "She didn't have a very good trip, did she? I kind of liked her in here and then we drew the outside, and I really don't like the outside position on this track going a mile and a sixteenth.
"She had enough speed to get out and get over before the turn without having to use her. From then on out, I was happy with where she was in the race. She's a nice little filly."
-edited from www.bloodhorse.com