Two New Saturday Stakes Winners for Ghostzapper

06.09.2018 -

Queen’s Plate winterbook favorite Telekinesis punched his ticket to the June 30 Queen’s Plate with a gutsy score over a persistent Rose’s Vision in Saturday’s $125,000 Plate Trial Stakes at Woodbine. It capped another brilliant Saturday for Ghostzapper, also the sire of the new Stakes winner Lift Up who captured the Miss Liberty Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Telekinesis set moderate fractions of 25.06, 49.66 and 1:13.31 in the nine-furlong route, while being pressed throughout by Rose’s Vision.

Rose’s Vision drew abreast of Telekinesis early in the stretch, but Telekinesis dug in through the final furlong to prevail by 1 3/4 lengths, in a time of 1:50.40.

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“He was traveling so easy,” said Patrick Husbands, who rode Telekinesis for trainer Mark Casse. “By the time I left the gates, he had one ear back and one ear forward. That’s the sign that a horse is very comfortable under you. By the three-quarter pole, he still had one ear forward and one ear back. It told me he was just playing with that horse. Down the lane, I squeezed him a little bit. He did just enough to win the race.”

A handsome son of Ghostzapper, Telekinesis earned $75,000 in his first stakes victory for Stonestreet Stables.

Up And Up

Just a few minutes prior to the Plate Trial, Lift Up used a powerful late rally to capture the Miss Liberty Stakes over the Monmouth Park turf course. The four-year-old Ghostzapper filly races in the green and white colors of her breeder Augustin Stables (George Strawbridge). She has now won four of her past five races and appears to be headed to Graded stakes company.

Watch the Miss Liberty Stakes

Also on Saturday, the Ghostzapper multiple Grade 2 heroine Proctor's Ledge ran a fine second in the Grade 1 Just a Game Stakes on the Belmont Stakes undercard and Stronach Stables Ghostzapper filly placed in the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks.

Ghostzapper is now the sire of 8 Stakes winners in 2018 and 65 lifetime from 561 starters, an incredible 11.5% strike rate.

The big news on Saturday was, of course, the victory by Justify in the Belmont Stakes and Ghostzapper and a hand in that victory as well. The unbeaten Triple Crown hero is out of the mare Stage Magic, a graded Stakes-placed Ghostzapper daughter. Justify is among the three Grade 1 winners produced by Ghostzapper daughters so far

- portions from, photo by Michael Burns

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