Ghostzapper's Shaman Ghost Gives Stronach Stables 3rd Big 'Cap Win

03.11.2017 -

Stronach Stables' Shaman Ghost, a very good runner-up to the World's Best Racehorse Arrogate last out in the Pegasus World Cup, was able to overcome a bit of trouble to capture the second Grade 1 of his career in Saturday's Santa Anita Handicap. 

Watch the Santa Anita Handicap

The 5-year-old son of Ghostzapper bested Midnight Storm by about three-quarters of a length on the wire, stopping the clock in 2:01.57 for 10 furlongs on the fast main track. Ridden by Javier Castellano and trained by Jimmy Jerkens, Shaman Ghost gave both men their first victory in Santa Anita's 'Big Cap" while it was the third score for Stronach Stables. 

Second-favorite in the wagering, Midnight Storm broke a bit inward from his post along the rail, but nonetheless had the lead approaching the wire for the first time. Shaman Ghost was between Adena Springs-bred/sold Gangster and Isotherm in a battle for second position

Approaching the first turn Castellano smartly took him back for a moment, allowing Shaman Ghost to drift over the to the inside rail and save all the ground along the turn. Midnight Storm, however, was having everything pretty much his own way on the front end, galloping through fractions of :23.54 and :47.52 on a loose rein from jockey Rafael Bejarano. Isotherm held onto second while four-wide on the outside, with Shaman Ghost about 1 1/2 lengths off the lead along the rail.

With incredible patience, Castellano stayed behind Isotherm all the way through the turn, waiting for that horse to tire so he could cut to his inside. When it finally happened and Castellano hit the gas, Shaman Ghost burst into the bridle and easily took second at the top of the stretch. He earned a sparkling 108 Beyer Speed Figure for the effort, validating his 112 Figure from the Pegasus.

Angled just outside Midnight Storm, who was giving everything he had to maintain his lead, Shaman Ghost began to drift toward the center of the track under a firm hand ride from Castellano. When the jockey finally switched his stick to his right hand at the sixteenth pole, Shaman Ghost seemed to see his rival on the inside. Suddenly back in gear, Shaman Ghost got down to business, extending his stride beautifully to pass Midnight Storm just before the wire.

Bred in Ontario by Stronach's Adena Springs, Shaman Ghost now boasts a record of 7-2-2 from 15 starts, with earnings of $3,539,311.

-edited from

Shareholders Login Top