Ghostzapper

Awesome Again - Baby Zip, by Relaunch , 16.1 hands   ·   $85,000 S&N

Consistently Brilliant

  • 2018: 6 SWs, including Proctor's Ledge (G2), Holy Helena (G2) & 3YO Runaway Ghost (G3)
  • Lifetime: 11.4% blacktype winners/starters, #3 among N. American stallions
  • North America's #4 sire by 'A Runner Index', ahead of Tapit, Curlin, Speightstown, Kitten's Joy, etc.
  • Yearlings have sold for: $925,000, $825,000, $800,000, $800,000, $725,000, $675,000, $650,000, etc.
  • Sire of 15 or more Stakes winners in 5 of past 6 years
  • Sire of 11 G1 winners, 8 millionaires & 5 Champions, including Canadian Hall of Famers Shaman Ghost & Judy the Beauty
  • Emerging broodmare sire - Classic winner Justify, Eclipse Champion Drefong, MG1SW American Gal, etc.
  • “I told everyone, this was the best horse I ever trained.” - Bobby Frankel
  • Horse of the Year & Hall of Famer
  • Fastest Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner in history; earned highest Beyer Speed Figure ever recorded around two turns (128)
  • "Few horses have devastated their opponents in so many ways, at so many distances, and in such fast times." -- Steve Haskin
Pedigree
Ghostzapper Awesome Again Deputy Minister Vice Regent
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Primal Force Blushing Groom
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Baby Zip Relaunch In Reality
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Thirty Zip Tri Jet
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Faypien - Summertime Oaks (G2)
Molly Morgan - La Troienne S. (G1)
McCraken - Sam F. Davis S. (G3) NTR
Shaman Ghost - Queen's Plate
Runaway Ghost - Sunland Derby (G3)
Shaman Ghost - Woodward S. (G1)
Holy Helena - Sheepshead Bay S. (G2)
Contested - Test S. (G1)
Shaman Ghost - Santa Anita H. (G1)
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Paulassilverlining - Madison S. (G1)
Moreno - Whitney Invitational H. (G1)
Judy the Beauty - Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1)
Holy Helena - Queen's Plate
Better Lucky - Matriarch S. (G1)
Race Record
Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
2 2 1 0 0 $27,720
3 4 3 0 1 $378,400
4 4 4 0 0 $2,590,000
5 1 1 0 0 $450,000
Totals 11 9 0 1 $3,446,120

At 2

Won

  • Maiden Special, debut by 9 lengths

At 3

Won

  • Vosburgh S. -G1, over older horses

3rd

  • King's Bishop S. -G1

At 4
Eclipse Champion Horse of the Year, Champion Older Male

Won

  • Breeders' Cup Classic -G1, wire-to-wire in 1:59 (NSR)
  • Woodward S. -G1
  • Tom Fool H. -G2, 120 Beyer
  • Iselin Breeders' Cup -G3, 128 Beyer, highest of year

At 5

Won

  • Metropolitan H. - G1, 123 Beyer, highest of year 
News

05.20.2018

Adena Springs Classic Breeding Prominent in Preakness 143 Finish

It would be hard to paint a more a dramatic scene for Saturday's 143rd Preakness Stakes. A...

It would be hard to paint a more a dramatic scene for Saturday's 143rd Preakness Stakes. A week-long mid-Atlantic deluge left historic Pimlico Racecourse wringing wet. When the skies briefly, mercifully relented an eerie fog moved in making most of the middle of the jewel of the Triple Crown invisible to the 134,487 brave and wild fans on the grounds. 

It wasn't until the 1/8th pole that the grand chestnut with the big white blaze materialized from the nebula. Justify was in front of Good Magic, their taxing pace duel unknown to most of the roaring crowd. Justify was going to win! But wait, here comes Tenfold! Here comes Bravazo!

At the wire Justify did hold off Bravazo by a 1/2 length with Tenfold another neck back in third. The finish line camera not only captured one of the more exciting finishes in Triple Crown lore, it captured another proud moment in the long and storied history of the Adena Springs breeding program.

Justify is out of a mare by the Adena Springs homebred Hall of Famer Ghostzapper. Bravazo is a son of Ghostzapper's sire, the Adena Springs homebred Hall of Famer Awesome Again. In fact, Bravazo's dam was purchased by Adena Springs specifically for the court of Awesome Again.

A Classic Story 

Awesome Again became the first Breeders' Cup Classic winner to sire a Breeders' Cup Classic winner when Ghostzapper captured the Classic (and Horse of the Year title) in 2004. He's hardly slowed down since. Awesome Again is now up to 14 Grade 1 winners and his 11th millionaire emerged just last month when another Adena Springs homebred, Something Awesome, scored in the Charles Town Classic (G2).

Bravazo fell just short of giving Awesome Again his second Preakness winner this decade after 2013 hero Oxbow, who won in the colors of Calumet Farm. Oxbow is out of a mare by the Relaunch stallion Cee's Tizzy, also the damsire of Awesome Again's Haskell Invitational (G1) winner and Belmont Stakes (G1) runner-up Paynter. This pattern made Bravazo's dam, the Cee's Tizzy daughter Tiz o' Gold, a coveted target for Awesome Again. The 7-time winner was acquired by Adena Springs, bred to Awesome Again and then sold at the 2014 Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale. Calumet Farm, no doubt influenced by their success with Oxbow, swooped in and made the purchase. 

Watch Director of Sales Dermot Carty Discuss the Adena Springs Breeding Program on TVG

Pedigree blogger Melissa Bauer-Herzog noted the full breadth of Awesome Again's impact on the Preakness weekend stakes in her March 20 post: "At 24 years old and still an active stallion, Awesome Again (Deputy Minister) is already impressive. But add in the fact that that he plays a major role in the pedigrees of the top two Preakness finishers, the Black Eye Susan second and the Chick Lang third and it was a great weekend for the Adena Spring stallion."
 
Black-Eyed Susan runner-up Coach Rocks is from Oxbow's first crop and previously captured the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2); Clouded Judgement is by Oxbow's Stakes-winning full brother Awesome Patriot.

The Flipside

Justify's dam, Stage Magic, is one of 14 blacktype horses from Ghostzapper's first crop. She was bred and raced by her owner John Gunther and joined his storied broodmare band after her 3rd-place finish to Eclipse Champion Groupie Doll in the 2011 Gardenia Stakes (G3). Justify, sold by Gunther for $500,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September auction, is her third foal. 

Ghostzapper first started to emerge as a broodmare sire in 2016 when Drefong rolled through the King's Bishop S. (G1) and Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) en route to Eclipse Award honors. From just 151 starters Ghostzapper daughters are responsible for 13 blacktype winners (8.6%) and four other Graded winners, including the multiple Grade 1 heroine American Gal.

Frank Stronach will be honored with the Dinny Phipps Award on June 7. In a recent interview he summed up his long and prodigious involvement in the thoroughbred racing and breeding industry - "I do what I do because I am heavily involved with horses and love horses." 

Click here for the full interview.

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Top Runners
Ghostzapper has sired:
(Click name for 5-cross pedigree & nicking information)

SHAMAN GHOST - $3,859,311
(dam by Gilded Time)
Champion 3yo Male in Canada
Canadian Racing Hall of Fame Inductee

1st Santa Anita H. G1 (10F, Dirt)
1st 
Woodward S. G1 (9F, Dirt)
1st Queen's Plate (10F, AW)
1st Brooklyn Inv. G2 (12F, Dirt)
2nd Pegasus World Cup Inv. G1 (9F, Dirt), etc.

MORENO - $2,992,190
(dam by A. P. Indy)
track record setter
1st Whitney H. G1 (9F, Dirt)
1st Dwyer S. G2 (8.5F, Dirt)
1st Charles Town Classic G2 (9F, Dirt) NTR
2nd Santa Anita H. G1 (10F, Dirt)
2nd Travers S. G1 (10F, Dirt)
2nd Woodward S. G1 (9F, Dirt), etc.

JUDY THE BEAUTY - $1,795,922
(dam by Holy Bull)
Eclipse Award Champion - Female Sprinter
Canadian Racing Hall of Fame Inductee
1st Breeders' Cup FM Sprint G1 (7F, Dirt)
1st Madison S. G1 (7F, AW)
1st TCA S. G2 (6F, AW)

2nd Breeders' Cup FM Sprint G1 (7F, Dirt)
2nd Spinaway S. G1 (7F, Dirt)
2nd Prioress S. G1 (6F, Dirt), etc.

PAULASSILVERLINING - $1,516,230
(dam by Grindstone)
Eclipse Award Finalist 
1st Humana Distaff G1 (7F, Dirt)
1st Madison S. G1 (7F, Dirt)
1st Gallant Bloom H. G2 (6.5F, Dirt)
1st Honorable Miss S. G2 (6F, Dirt)
3rd Breeders' Cup FM Sprint G1 (7F, Dirt), etc.

BETTER LUCKY - $1,278,950
(dam by Seeking the Gold)
1st Matriarch S. G1 (8F, Turf)
1st First Lady S. G1 (8F, Turf)
2nd Breeders' Cup FM Sprint G1 (7F, Dirt)
2nd First Lady S. G1 (8F, Turf)
2nd Madison S. G1 (7F, AW)
2nd Just a Game S. G1 (8F, Turf)
3rd Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup G1 (9F, Turf), etc.

STATELY VICTOR - $919,867
(dam by Dynaformer)
1st Blue Grass S. G1 (9F, AW)
1st Ontario Derby G3 (9F, AW)
3rd Pacific Classic S. G1 (10F, AW) etc.

MOLLY MORGAN - $888,159
(dam by Distorted Humor)
1st La Troienne S. G1 (8.5F, Dirt)
1st Fleur de Lis H. G2 (9F, Dirt)
1st Chilukki S. G2 (8F, Dirt)
1st Gardenia S. G3 (8F, Dirt)
2nd La Troienne S. G1 (8.5F, Dirt), etc

CONTESTED - $633,754
(dam by Arch)
1st Acorn S. G1 (8F, Dirt)
1st Test S. G1 (7F, Dirt)
1st Eight Belles S. G3 (7F, Dirt)


STARSHIP TRUFFLES - $445,035
(dam by Not for Love)
1st Princess Rooney S. G1 (6F, Dirt)
1st Musical Romance S. (6F, Dirt)
1st Glass Slipper S. (7F, Dirt)

GREENZAPPER
(dam by Know Heights)
1st Roberto e Nelson Grimaldi Seabra G1 (12F, Turf)

HOLY HELENA - $1,009,333
(dam by Holy Bull)
Champion 3yo Female in Canada
Sovereign Award Finalist - Horse of the Year
1st Sheepshead Bay S. G2 (11F, Turf)
1st 
The Very One S. G3 (9.5F, Turf)
1st Queen's Plate (10F, AW)
1st Woodbine Oaks (9F, AW)
2nd Ontario Derby G3 (9F, AW)

ZA APPROVAL - $1,394,666
(dam by With Approval)
1st Appleton S. G3 (8F, Turf)
1st Red Bank S. G3 (8F, Turf)
1st Knickerbocker S. G3 (9F, Turf)
2nd Breeders' Cup Mile G1 (8F, Turf)
2nd Woodbine Mile G1 (8F, Turf)
2nd Shoemaker Mile G1 (8F, Turf), etc.

MCCRAKEN - $773,828
(dam by Seeking the Gold)
Unbeaten GSW at two
1st Kentucky Jockey Club S. G2 (8.5F, Dirt)
1st Sam F. Davis S. G3 (8.5F, Dirt) NTR
1st 
Matt Win S. G3 (8.5F, Dirt)
2nd Haskell Inv. G1 (9F, Dirt)

MYSTICAL STAR - $587,214
(dam by Capote)
1st New York H. G2 (10F, Turf)
2nd Spinster S. G1 (9F, AW)
3rd Flower Bowl S. G1 (10F, Turf), etc.

WINE PRINCESS - $461,561
(dam by Jade Hunter)
1st Falls City H. G2 (9F, Dirt)
1st Monmouth Oaks G3 (8.5F, Dirt)
3rd Spinster S. G1 (9F, AW)
, etc.

ARENA ELVIRA - $452,396
(dam by Twining)
1st Falls City H. G2 (8F, Dirt)
1st Turnback the Alarm H. G3 (9F, Dirt)
 etc.

GO MAGGIE GO - $428,400
(dam by Tale of the Cat)
1st Black-Eyed Susan S. G2 (9F, Dirt)
1st
 Gulfstream Park Oaks G2 (8.5F, Dirt)

PROCTOR'S LEDGE - $404,250
(dam by Arch)
1st Lake Placid S. G2 (9F, Turf)
1st Lake George S. G3 (8.5F, Turf), etc.

FAYPIEN - $392,775
(dam by Freud)
1st Summertime Oaks G2 (8.5F, Dirt)
1st Angels Flight S. (7F, Dirt)
2nd Test S. G1 (7F, Dirt), etc.

HEAR THE GHOST - $382,762
(dam by Coronado's Quest)
1st San Felipe S. G2 (8.5F, Dirt)
2nd Native Diver H. G3 (9F, AW)
3rd Strub S. G2 (8.5F, Dirt)

SCHIAPARELLI - $274,184
(dam by Avenue of Flags)
1st Royal Heroine S. G2 (8F, Turf)
1st Great Lady M. S. (6F, Turf)
2nd Las Cienegas S. G3 (6.5F, Turf), etc.

ILIAD - $247,345
(dam by You and I)
1st San Vicente S. G2 (7F, Dirt)
2nd San Felipe S. G2 (8.5F, Dirt)

UNITED COLOR - $734,381
(dam by Langfuhr)
1st Premio Tudini G3 (6F, Turf)

1st Dubawi S. (6F, AW)
2nd Al Shimaal S. G3 (6F, Dirt)
3rd Dubai Golden Shaheen G1 (6F, AW), etc.

GHOST HUNTER - $694,123
(dam by Kafwain)
1st Arlington H. G3 (9.5F, Turf)
1st Presque Isle Mile S. (8F, AW)
2nd Hanshin Cup S. G3 (8F, AW), etc.

HUNTERS BAY - $611,091
Champion Older Male in Canada
(dam by Smoke Glacken)
1st Eclipse S. G3 (8.5F, AW)
1st Dominion Day S. G3 (10F, AW)
2nd Woodbine Mile S. G1 (8F, Turf)

GAMBLE'S GHOST - $584,931
(dam by Secret Claim)
Sovereign Award finalist, 2yo Female
Sovereign Award finalist, 3yo Female
Sovereign Award finalist, Older Female
1st Selene S. G3 (8.5F, AW)
1st Mazarine S. G3 (8.5F, AW)
1st Maple Leaf S. G3 (10F, AW)
2nd Natalma S. G2 (8F, Turf), etc.

RUNAWAY GHOST - $563,510
(dam by Desert God)
1st Sunland Derby G3 (9F, Dirt)
1st Golden Nugget S. (6F, AW)
2nd Mine That Bird Derby (8.5F, AW)

MR MAYBE - $422,530
(dam by With Approval)
1st Red Smith H. G3 (11F, Turf)
1st John's Call S. (13F, Turf)
3rd Mac Diarmida S. G2 (11F, Turf)

WILD FLAPPER - $1,878,741
(dam by Smoke Glacken)
1st Empress Hai S. (8.5F, Dirt)
1st Marine Cup (8F, Dirt)
1st Ladies Prelude S. (9F, Dirt)
3rd Heian S. G3 (8.5F, Dirt) etc.

WHISKEY TICKET - $305,310
1st Illinois Derby G3 (9F, Dirt)

LA CLOCHE - $299,948
(dam by Silver Hawk)
1st Athenia S. G3 (8.5F, Turf)
1st Voodoo Dancer S. (8F, Turf)
2nd Pucker Up S. G3 (9F, Turf)

ANGEL TERRACE - $298,848
(dam by Gone West)
1st Valley View S. G3 (8.5F, Turf)

1st Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon S. (10.5F, Turf), etc.

PACIFIC OCEAN - $245,389
(dam by Unbridled)
1st Vernon O. Underwood S. G3 (6F, AW)
1st James Marvin S. G3 (7F, Dirt)

GLORYZAPPER - $225,735
(dam by Distorted Humor)
1st L. A. Woman S. G3 (6.5F, Dirt)

MATTHEWSBURG - $171,885
(dam by A. P. Indy)
1st Kentucky Cup Sprint G3 (6F, AW)
2nd East Hanover S. (6F, Dirt), etc.

Progeny Photo Gallery Mating Recommendations

Updated April 15, 2018

Around half of Ghostzapper’s stakes horses are out of mares showing Mr. Prospector within five generations. The Forty Niner, Seeking the Gold, Gone West, Two Punch and Fappiano branches have proven most effective so far.

From 16 starters out of Forty Niner granddaughters Ghostzapper has sired six stakes winners (37%). Three of those are out of Distorted Humor mares - G1W Molly Morgan, G3W Gloryzapper and SW Ghostly Presence. 

Seeking the Gold is found the pedigrees of six Ghostzapper stakes horses, including G1W Better Lucky, G1W/G1SP McCracken (dams by Seeking the Gold) and G1W Contested (second dam by Seeking the Gold).

G3W Angel Terrace & SW Elghayoor are both out of daughters of Gone West and MGSW Gamble’s Ghost is out of a mare by Gone West’s full brother, Secret Claim. 2018 SW Enchanted Ghost is out of a mare by the Gone West son Grand Slam while SW Dak Attack’s second dam is a Gone West granddaughter.

Champion Hunters Bay and his stakes-winning/millionaire full-sister are out of a mare by the Two Punch stallion Smoke Glacken. With direct daughters Two Punch Ghostzapper has sired SWs My Fiona and Grecian Maiden.

Fappiano is found in the pedigree of eight stakes horses by Ghostzapper. G3W Pacific Ocean is out of a mare by Unbridled and MG1W Paulassilverlining is out of a mare by the Unbridled stallion Grindstone. The dam of 2018 GSW Runaway Ghost is by the Fappiano son Desert God.

Ghostzapper has produced a high degree of quality with mares showing Mr. Prospector and Storm Bird/Storm Cat. G2W Go Maggie Go is out of a mare by Tale of the Cat (bred Storm Cat over Mr. Prospector) and G1-placed Zapperkat is out of a mare by Tale of the Cat’s son Lion Heart. We also find Mr. P & Storm Cat in the dams of Better Lucky and Elghayoor. Mr. Prospector/Storm Bird are present in the dams of Angel Terrace and SW Ghost Locket. 

Ghostzapper’s first two starters out of mares by the Roberto grandson Arch (by Kris S.) are graded winners - Contested and 2017 G2W Proctor’s Ledge (2nd dam by Mr. Prospector). Ghostzapper has had success with mares by other Roberto-line sires like Dynaformer (G1W Stately Victor), Silver Hawk (G3W La Cloche) and another Kris S. son, You and I (2017 G2W Illiad). 

SW Dak Attack is Ghostzapper’s latest success with the Caro broodmare line. He’s out of a daughter of Indian Charlie, sire of Uncle Mo, whose daughters are certainly interesting for Ghostzapper as he’s out a mare by Arch. Ghostzapper has also sired GSW/millionaire Za Approval and GSW Mr Maybe out of daughters of the Caro son With Approval

Ghostzapper is out of a daughter of the In Reality son Relaunch and reinforcing these influences has yielded success. Champion/G1W Shaman Ghost shows a double of Relaunch at 3x5. The second dams of both Stately Victor and G2W Hear the Ghost are by another In Reality son, Valid Appeal. Contested also carries a double of In Reality through Believe It, sire of her third dam. 

Holy Bull’s sire Great Above is bred on the reverse of the Intentionally/Rough n’ Tumble cross that produced In Reality. Breeders’ Cup/Eclipse Champion Judy the Beauty and Queen's Plate winner/Sovereign Award Champion Holy Helena are among Ghostzapper’s nine starters with Holy Bull mares (22%).

Ghostzapper is the sire of six starters out of mares by Gilded Time. All are winners, including Shaman Ghost and G3W Whiskey Ticket.

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