Runaway Ghost Spirits Away to Fifth Stakes Victory

02.25.2019 -

“Put me in, coach!”

That’s the message the Ghostzapper colt Runaway Ghost had been sending to trainer Todd Fincher in advance of the $75,000 Curribot on February 24 at Sunland Park.

Fincher had not been targeting the Curribot with Runaway Ghost because the race comes three weeks after the horse made a successful return from a 10-month layoff by winning the $75,000 Fort Bliss on Feb. 2 at Sunland. Runaway Ghost won that six-furlong sprint in 1:08.44 and popped a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 95.

“There’s the bounce factor, six furlongs to a mile and a sixteenth in such short time, and pressure of having a great horse like him and getting beat,” Fincher said. “But he’s doing everything to make me change my mind. He came out of the race so good, so happy, and is training lights out.”

“He’s acting like the last race didn’t take a lot out of him,” Fincher said. “I know I have a solid foundation in him.
“I just hope he’s not lying to me.”

He wasn't.

Runaway Ghost continued his comeback with another sharp victory over American Dubai in the Curribot, his fifth career stakes victory.

American Dubai, a multiple stakes winner in New Mexico seen on the 2016 Kentucky Derby trail, took the lead and set opening fractions of 24.25 and 47.46. Runaway Ghost, ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, was taken three wide into the first turn before edging into second over Deputy’s Echo.

The pacesetter tried to pull away early and opened up by more than three lengths. Runaway Ghost closed the gap in the turn and was fanned at least four wide when turning for home. American Dubai fought back, but Runaway Ghost proved best and edged clear by 1 1/1 lengths.

He completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.44.

Runaway Ghost is a homebred for Joe Peacock. He is out of the New Mexico-bred mare, Rose's Desert, another homebred for Peacock trained by Fincher. Rose's Desert was a seven-time stakes winner in her home state and earned $626,035.

Runaway Ghost was consigned by Shawhan Place at the 2016 Keeneland September sale but RNA's for $240,000. He ended up being a successful keep for Peacock, with his earnings now reaching $653,510 from a 9:6-2-0 record.

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