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Ghostzapper Colt The $750,000 Topper at OBS June

06.09.2020 -

With a big sigh of relief, the North American sale season resumed at the OBS June sale in Ocala, Florida on June 9. 

Capping off the opening session was a $750,000 Ghostzapper colt named Esqwire that was purchased by Ben McElroy, agent for Arman Shah, son of Kaleem Shah. Consigned as Hip 1250 by Sequel Bloodstock, agent, the colt was bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings. 

 "We are delighted," said Becky Thomas of Sequel. "Kaleem Shah has been extremely active in our sport and to have someone of his caliber buying here is great. He's had a lot of grade 1 success and I hope that continues with this one. Simon (Callaghan) and Ben did a lot of work checking many, many times to see how the horse was but we're just absolutely delighted." 

Out of the Smart Strike mare Roberta Turner, Hip 1250 is from the female family of grade 3 winners Ever So Clever and In Conference. The colt breezed an eighth-mile in a speedy :09 4/5 during the under tack show. 

"Ben McElroy selected the horse and he loved the horse every step of the way," said Kaleem Shah. "We hope he lives up to his breeding as well as the breeze show performance. I was told Bob Baffert was the under bidder so he pushed me. We have a few others at this sale in mind so we will see what happens." 

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com

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