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Ghostzapper's Visitant Breaks Out with Alcatraz Stakes Score

05.19.2019 -

Northern California trainer John Martin picked up a stakes victory at the winter/spring meet at Golden Gate Fields with Visitant in the $75,000 Alcatraz Stakes for 3-year-olds on Sunday. The race, originally scheduled for turf, was moved off the grass due to wet weather earlier in the week. 7 runners competed in the mile contest on Tapeta.

Visitant earned his first stakes win with the Alcatraz victory and has now won 3 of 4 lifetime starts, with career earnings of $101,600. The son of Ghostzapper races in the colors of his breeder Williams Racing LLC.

Visitant, last seen running second in the California Derby, stalked the pace before challenging the leaders in upper stretch and surging past One Bad Boy, who went off as the 4/5 favorite. Visitant won the race by a length and a quarter and was ridden to victory by local pilot William Antongeorgi III.

One Bad Boy, coming off a sharp maiden win at Santa Anita, dueled up front with third place finisher Kingly and took the lead in upper stretch, only to be collared in the final sixteenth of a mile by Visitant. 2019 Kentucky Derby winning jockey Flavien Prat rode the 3-year-old ridgling for Southern California trainer Richard Baltas.

Kingly, who won the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate last month for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, retained the services of Southern California jockey Mario Gutierrez. The royally bred sibling to Breeders Cup champion New Year’s Day and multiple Grade 2 winner Mohaymen set the pace with One Bad Boy before fading to third.

Rey Coliman, a son of Fort Larned, finished fourth, followed by The Creep, Loud Mouth and Nizamdcarchy. Visitant completed the one-mile in 1:36.73 and went off as the 5-1 third choice in the wagering.

Visitant is out of the graded stakes placed mare Peppermint Lounge, a daughter of Distorted Humor. Ghostzapper now has four stakes winners from just 12 starters out of mares by that stallion. Among the others is Grade 1 winner Molly Morgan.

The following afternoon in Maryland a Ghostzapper filly was purchased for $400,000, the highest priced paid for a filly at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Two-Year-Old in Training sale.

-edited from www.goldengatefields.com

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