Third Graded Score for Ghostzapper's Gamble's Ghost

11.04.2017 -

Less than an hour after trainer Josie Carroll and owner Ivan Dalos watched their filly Ami’s Mesa finish just a nose shy of a Breeders' Cup victory at Del Mar, Gamble’s Ghost completed an exciting day of racing for the duo back home winning the Maple Leaf Stakes (Grade 3) at Woodbine Racetrack.

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The homebred four-year-old Ghostzapper filly earned her third straight victory and seventh lifetime from 15 starts while her bankroll climbed to $576,883. She is now a graded stakes winner in each of her three seasons on the track with her other victories coming in the Mazarine and Selene Stakes in her two and three-year-old campaigns.

Dalos indicated that he is leaning towards another year of racing for Gamble’s Ghost, as well as Ami’s Mesa, before they join his broodmare band at Tall Oaks Farm. 

Gamble’s Ghost was sent postward as the 6-5 favorite in the $125,000 Maple Leaf, contested over 1-1/4 miles on the main track under Eurico Rosa Da Silva.

While Gamble’s Ghost raced outside near the back of the pack, her barn buddy Involuntary led all the way into the stretch (:25.33, :50.75, 1:15.86, 1:40.82) with Happyness and last year's winner Ice Festival (by Awesome Again) looming to her outside. Ice Festival commenced her bid heading into the stretch, but Gamble’s Ghost swept by in front of the grandstand to win by three-quarters of a length in a final time of 2:04.70. Involuntary followed in third with Happyness finishing fourth and Giovanna Blue completing the order of finish.

“She was very, very relaxed. She’s a super, super class filly," Da Silva said. "I think Rafael [Hernandez aboard Ice Festival] rode a very good race because he was in post position one and he came outside and he ended up being in a very good position in the first turn. I was just sitting behind and waiting for the moment for me to push my horse because she was running very, very relaxed and I can feel any time she is going to break from there.”

-edited from, photo by Michael Burns

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