Ghostzapper Filly Victorious in Tropical Park Oaks

12.30.2017 -

Trainer Roger Attfield was in England Saturday where he was celebrating the holidays with family and friends. Attfield had even more reason to celebrate Saturday as his Ghostly Presence ran down pace-setting Team of Teams to win the second division of the $75,000 Tropical Park Oaks at Gulfstream Park.

A three-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper, Ghostly Presence continued her late season rejuvenation, winning for the third time in her last five starts, her two losses both coming by a neck. She is 5 for 14 overall and has earned $355,914.

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“As a 2-year-old, she was nice,” Attfield said. “We got her down to Florida and she just didn’t train on, she wasn’t the same filly. I kept saying, I know she’s a nice filly, she just needs some time to come along. Middle of the summer she started to come around. She was training superbly coming into this race; I would have been really disappointed if she hadn’t run well to be honest with you.”

Ghostly Presence benefitted from a ground-saving ride under Rafael Hernandez, who had the filly in third position, about two lengths behind the pace-setting Team of Teams. Under Jose Lezcano, Team of Teams got away with a quarter in 24.28 seconds, a half-mile in 49.58, and six furlongs in 1:14.14.

Team of Teams appeared to spurt away in upper stretch, but Hernandez guided Ghostly Presence off the rail turning for home and she was able to wear down Team of Teams inside the sixteenth pole to win by one length. Team of Teams held second by one length over I’m Betty G.

Ghostly Presence races in the colors of her breeder Chiefswood Stable and covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.79. She is among Ghostzapper's 16 blacktype winners in 2017.

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