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Consistently Brilliant

  • SEVEN Graded winners in 2016 incl. G1 winners Shaman Ghost & Greenzapper 
  • Other '16 Sttakes winners include unbeaten Ky. Derby contender McCraken (G2)
  • '16 yearlings: $825,000, $800,000, $650,000, $625,000, etc.
  • #4 Keeneland September Book 1 sire, average $417,000 
  • Sire of $720,000 filly at 2016 OBS April 2YO sale 
  • #1 covering sire at 2016 Keeneland January sale; $700,000, etc.
  • 2016 book: leading sire in his fee range by CPI (5.73) & CI (3.46)
  • Sire of 9 Gr. 1 winners, 6 millionaires & 3 Champions
  • 11% BTSW/starters & over $46 million in earnings
  • Damsire of 2016 Grade 1 winner Drefong, 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
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McCraken - Kentucky Jockey Club S. (G2)
Molly Morgan - La Troienne S. (G1)
Go Maggie Go - Black-Eyed Susan S. (G2)
Shaman Ghost - 2015 $1M Queen's Plate
Contested - Acorn S. (G1)
Shaman Ghost - Woodward S. (G1)
Judy the Beauty - Madison S. (G1)
Contested - Test S. (G1)
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Paulassilverlining - Matron S. (G2)
Mystical Star - New York S. (G2)
Moreno - Whitney Invitational H. (G1)
Judy the Beauty - Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1)
Hear the Ghost - San Felipe S. (G2)
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


  • Maiden Special, debut by 9 lengths

At 3


  • Vosburgh S. -G1, over older horses


  • King's Bishop S. -G1

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


  • 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


  • Metropoitan H. - G1, 123 Beyer, highest of year 


Ghostzapper's Unbeaten McCraken a '17 Derby Fave with Ky. Jockey Club (G2) Triumph

As soon as McCraken crossed under the wire as the winner of the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, the...

As soon as McCraken crossed under the wire as the winner of the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, the colt’s owner and breeder, Janis Whitham, began to weep.

Watching with family and friends in the Winner’s Circle Suites on the ground level of Churchill Downs, Whitham surely realized this is the best Kentucky Derby prospect she has had since her husband, Frank, died in a 1993 plane crash.

“Yes, it is emotional,” said Whitham, 84, before making the short walk to the winner’s circle.

Living up to his 4-5 favoritism, McCraken, a son of Ghostzapper,  remained undefeated in three career starts by reeling in a gritty Wild Shot for a 1 1/4-length victory Saturday in the 90th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 KJC under the Churchill lights. The colt earned 10 eligibility points toward the 143rd Kentucky Derby next May but, more importantly, stamped himself as a genuine contender.

"He's as good as what I thought he is," Wilkes said of McCraken's win. "He needed that race tonight, he needed a little test. He had to run tonight, they didn't hand it to him. It wasn't easy but he came through for us. He had to belly down and run, so that was good.

Ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., McCraken broke cleanly from post 11 in the 1 1/16-mile race, settling into ninth while kept in the clear. Gaining momentum leaving the half-mile pole, he circled the field while picking off rivals, and passing the eighth pole, he only had Wild Shot to beat.

“A horse like this makes it easy,” said Hernandez. “He’s a boy, but he’s growing up, and he’s getting it all together. He was a lot more settled today, and in his last race he hadn’t run in a while, but today he did everything the right way.”

"Brian positioned him well and I was very pleased where he was sitting," Wilkes added. "His mind and his turn of foot are two of the key things for him. The hype around him all week has just been tremendous. So I just want to enjoy this and then we'll map out a plan."

Wild Shot, the 4-1 second choice under Corey Lanerie, was always close to early leader Uncontested, overtaking him easily before settling for second, 3 3/4 lengths ahead of Warrior’s Club. Wild Shot was coming off a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity behind Classic Empire, the eventual winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Out of the Seeking the Gold mare Ivory Empress, McCraken improved his career earnings to $190,848. He finished the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:44.15 over a fast track. His two prior wins, both at Churchill, came in an Oct. 2 maiden race at six furlongs and the Oct. 30 Street Sense at a one-turn mile.

McCraken is named for a small town in western Kansas, near where the Whitham family lives. Together, Frank and Janis Whitham raced such all-time greats as Bayakoa and Paseana. Some of their descendants were on hand Saturday for the race.

-edited from &, photo by Coady

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

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),

JUDY THE BEAUTY - $1,795,922
(dam by Holy Bull)
Eclipse Award Champion - Female Sprinter
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.

SHAMAN GHOST - $1,339,311
(dam by Gilded Time)
Champion 3yo Male in Canada
1st Woodward S. G1 (9F, Dirt)
1st Queen's Plate (10F, AW)
1st Brooklyn Inv. G2 (12F, Dirt)
1st Marine S. G3 (8.5F, AW), 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.

(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)

(dam by Not for Love)
1st Princess Rooney S. G1 (6F, Dirt)
1st Musical Romance S. (6F, Dirt)
1st Glass Slipper S. (7F, Dirt)

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

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.

(dam by Grindstone)
1st Gallant Bloom H. G2 (6.5F, Dirt)
 Matron S. G2 (6F, Dirt)
1st Vagrancy H. G3 (6.5F, Dirt)
1st Distaff H. G3 (7F, Dirt)
3rd Breeders' Cup FM Sprint G1 (7F, Dirt), etc.

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)

GO MAGGIE GO - $425,400
(dam by Tale of the Cat)
1st Black-Eyed Susan S. G2 (9F, Dirt)
 Gulfstream Park Oaks G2 (8.5F, Dirt)

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)

(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.

MCCRAKEN - $190,848
(dam by Seeking the Gold)
Unbeaten at two
1st Kentucky Jockey Club S. G2 (8.5F, Dirt)
1st Street Sense S. (8F, Dirt)

(dam by Red Ransom)
1st Golconda Oaks G2
3rd Indian One Thousand Guineas G1

UNITED COLOR - $723,385
(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.

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)

MR MAYBE - $402,350
(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)

GAMBLE'S GHOST - $361,711
(dam by Secret Claim)
Sovereign Award finalist, 2yo Female
1st Selene S. G3 (8.5F, AW)
1st Mazarine S. G3 (8.5F, AW)
2nd Natalma S. G2 (8F, Turf), etc.

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.

1st Illinois Derby G3 (9F, Dirt)

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

GLORYZAPPER - $225,390
(dam by Distorted Humor)
1st L. A. Woman S. G3 (6.5F, Dirt)

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

(dam by Known Fact)
1st Clasico Hector Aparico G3

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.

Progeny Photo Gallery Mating Recommendations

Updated November 26, 2016

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

From 15 starters out of Forty Niner granddaughters Ghostzapper has sired six stakes winners, three of them out of Distorted Humor mares - G1W Molly Morgan, G3W Gloryzapper and SW Ghostly Presence. Ghostzapper also has stakes winners out of mares by Twining (G2W Arena Elvira), Coronado’s Quest (G2W Hear the Ghost), and Gold Case (SW Mt Veeder).

We find Fappiano in eight stakes horses by Ghostzapper. Three of them, including GSW Pacific Ocean, are out of mares by Unbridled, while MG2W Paulassilverlining is out of a Grindstone mare.

Seeking the Gold is found the pedigrees of six Ghostzapper stakes horses, including Grade 1 winner Better Lucky, 2016 G2W McCraken (dams by Seeking the Gold) and Contested (second dam by Seeking the Gold).

G3W Angel Terrace & SW Elghayoor are both out of daughters of Gone West while MGSW Gamble’s Ghost is out of a mare by Gone West’s full brother, Secret Claim.

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

Mares showing both Mr. Prospector and Storm Bird/Storm Cat have produced a high degree of quality with Ghostzapper. 2016 MG2W Go Maggie Go is out of a mare by Tale of the Cat (bred Storm Cat over Mr. Prospector) and 2016 G1-placed 2YO Zapperkat it 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 is present in the dams of Angel Terrace and SW Ghost Locket.

Contested is an example of Ghostzapper’s tremendous success with the Roberto branch of the Hail to Reason broodmare line. She is out of a mare by the Kris S. stallion Arch, while Blue Grass S. (G1) winner Stately Victor is out of a daughter of Dynaformer. Ghostzapper has also sired stakes winners out of mares by Silver Hawk (G3W La Cloche) and Red Ransom (also the second damsire of My Fiona).

Ghostzapper is out of a daughter of the In Reality son Relaunch and reinforcing these influences has yielded success. Champion & G1 winner Shaman Ghost shows a double of Relaunch at 3x5 as his third dam is by the Relaunch stallion Skywalker. The second dams of Stately Victor and Hear the Ghost are by 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 is one of two stakes horses from the first seven starters Ghostzapper has sired with Holy Bull daughters.

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

Ghostzapper has done well with mares showing Caro, siring the likes of GSW/millionaire Za Approval and GSW Mr Maybe out of daughters of the Caro son With Approval. They are among the 10 Ghostzapper stakes horses out of dams showing Caro. Three of the others, including GSW Gloryzapper, show the Caro son Siberian Express, better know as the grandsire of Indian Charlie. Mares by that late stallion and his exceptional son Uncle Mo (out of a daughter of Arch) promise to go well with Ghostzapper.

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