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Ken Wilkins on Shaman Ghost

04.17.2020 -

Adena Springs Stallion Seasons manager Ken Wilkins spoke with The Paulick Report's Joe Nevills about multiple Grade 1-winning champion Shaman Ghost

1) What is Shaman Ghost's strongest selling point as a stallion?

Wilkins: Ghostzapper's best son at stud – multiple Grade 1 winner, champion 3-year-old in Canada. Outstanding physical – a bigger and leggier version of Ghostzapper at great value.

2) If I've got a mare that needs help from the stallion on a physical characteristic, what can Shaman Ghost best contribute to the equation?

Wilkins: Shaman Ghost is a good choice for mare needing to add size and leg to their foals.

3) What traits do you see in Shaman Ghost that breeders looking to capture some of the Ghostzapper magic can latch on to?

Wilkins: Again, to repeat – he is a larger version of his sire. Though not the phenom on the track like Ghostzapper, Shaman Ghost was very talented. He beat some good horses along the way: Frosted, Keen Ice, California Chrome, Midnight Storm, etc.

4) Are there any other family influences that are worth noting?

Wilkins: It is interesting to note he is out of a Gilded Time mare (Gilded Time was a leading freshman sire). These foals may have a license to be precocious.

5) Shaman Ghost's first foals are yearlings of 2020. As they continue to develop, what are some common traits you've seen among them?

Wilkins: Good size, balance and leg. Should be well received at the sales.

6) What have you learned about this horse in the time since he arrived at Adena Springs?

Wilkins: The more you see him the more you'll like him. Every breeder that has seen him has commented on his looks and many used him.

7) What's something about Shaman Ghost that you think goes overlooked?

Wilkins: He had the third-highest Beyer Speed Figure in 2016, behind only Arrogate and Gun Runner. First horse to win Santa Anita Handicap and Woodward in 30 years.

8) Shaman Ghost wasn't a regular runner on turf, but he had multiple wins on the all-weather track at Woodbine, including one in the Queen's Plate. If I've got a turf-leaning mare, do you see his on-track performance translating to her?

Wilkins: His dad sure has grass performers and I think he should emulate that with his get.

9) Shaman Ghost stands for $7,500. What makes him a standout in that price bracket?

Wilkins: Just take a look at his class and compare. You will find a few with more than two Grade 1 wins, but then compare the price. Bargain.

10) What else should someone considering Shaman Ghost for their mare know before making the call?

Wilkins: My cell 859-699-4887.

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