Ghostzapper

Awesome Again - Baby Zip, by Relaunch , 16.1 hands

Consistently Brilliant

  • America's #4 sire by 'A Runner Index' ahead of Tapit, Into Mischief, Curlin, Quality Road, etc.
  • 2019 Stakes winners include unbeaten MG1SW Guarana, millionaire MGSW Holy Helena, new GSW Varenka 
  • $455,000 average at 2019 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale (5 sold)
  • 2019 2YOs: $600,000, $600,000, $550,000, $445,000, $400,000, etc.
  • 7 straight years with 10 or more Stakes winners
  • Lifetime: 11% blacktype SWs & 6% Graded SWs/starters, among the best percentages in Kentucky
  • Yearlings have sold for: $1,025,000, $925,000, $850,000, $825,000, $800,000, $800,000, $725,000, $675,000, $650,000, etc.
  • Sire of 8 millionaires & 5 Champions, including Canadian Hall of Famers Shaman Ghost & Judy the Beauty
  • Damsire of 8% blacktype runners including Triple Crown hero Justify & Eclipse Champion Drefong
  • “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
Prime Prospect
Baby Zip Relaunch In Reality
Foggy Note
Thirty Zip Tri Jet
Sailaway
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Molly Morgan - La Troienne S. (G1)
Varenka - Lake Placid S. (G2)
Shaman Ghost - Queen's Plate
Shaman Ghost - Woodward S. (G1)
Guarana - Acorn S. (G1) (NSR)
Contested - Test S. (G1)
Shaman Ghost - Santa Anita H. (G1)
Holy Helena - Dance Smartly S. (G2)
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Guarana - Coaching Club American Oaks (G1)
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

08.17.2019

Ghostzapper's Varenka Dramatic DH Winner of Saratoga's Lake Placid S. (G2)

Favored Varenka and second-choice Regal Glory hit the wire as one after a thrilling four-horse...

Favored Varenka and second-choice Regal Glory hit the wire as one after a thrilling four-horse stretch drive to dead-heat for the win on Saturday in the 36th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Lake Placid at Saratoga Race Course.

Both fillies settled off the pace as Blowout led the field of 3-year-old turf fillies through dawdling fractions of 26.36 and 51.10 seconds, with three-quarters going in 1:15.39 under darkening skies and over an inner turf course rated firm. Heading into the turn, jockey Luis Saez made the first move aboard Regal Glory, tipping the Animal Kingdom filly to the outside in the three path as Amandrea ranged up to challenge the pacesetter.



Following along, however, were Varenka and Javier Castellano, who went even wider to trigger a contentious stretch run among the four fillies, with Blowout grimly hanging on to the lead on the inside and Amandrea staying in the mix until the final yards, when the top two surged to the front with inches to spare in the photo finish.

Both fillies were walked in a circle outside the winner's circle for several minutes as rain began to fall while racing officials perused the photo before posting the "head heat" sign.

"You have to be lucky," said Castellano. "Those 'bobs' can go either way. It was a very exciting race and those two horses showed up and I rode to win. In the moment, I thought I had won the race but after watching the replay, I thought it could go either way."

The final time for the 1 1/16-mile race was 1:43.68.

It was the second straight victory and first in a stakes for Augustin Stable's Varenka, who won an optional claimer earlier in the meet. Overall, the daughter of Ghostzapper is now 3-2-2 from eight career starts, with her only off-the-board effort coming when fifth in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

The H. Graham Motion trainee returned $2.90 for a $2 win wager and earned $75,000, boosting her bankroll to $278,100.

"I'm speechless, to be honest," said Motion, who won the race in 2009 with Shared Account. "I had another one of these up here in the Amsterdam [with Secret Firm in 1998, who dead-heated with Mint] when I first started training. I just can't believe she got there because they went so slow. That was a crazy performance.

"I thought we had [it won] right before the wire and right after the wire, but I wasn't sure on the line. All credit to Javier [Castellano]. He said he was going to be patient with her, and he was patient."

The Lake Placid was the second graded stakes win for the Chad Brown-trained Regal Glory, who took the Grade 3 Lake George at the Spa on July 18. Owned by Paul Pompa, Jr., the filly has never been worse than second in seven career starts, with five victories including the Penn Oaks at Penn National earlier this year and the Stewart Manor last fall at Aqueduct Racetrack.

"Both horses finished great to run into a slow pace like that," said Brown, who won last year's Lake Placid with Rushing Fall. "I thought Luis [Saez] did a great job."

-edited from www.nyra.com

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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.

GUARANA - $697,400
(dam by Distorted Humor)
Unbeaten
1st Coaching Club American Oaks G1 (9F, Dirt)
1st Acorn S. G1 (8F, Dirt)

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 - $1,307,819
(dam by Holy Bull)
Champion 3yo Female in Canada
Sovereign Award Finalist - Horse of the Year
1st Sheepshead Bay S. G2 (11F, Turf)
1st Dance Smartly S. G2 (10F, Turf)
1st 
The Very One S. G3 (9.5F, Turf) twice
1st Queen's Plate (10F, AW)
1st Woodbine Oaks (9F, AW), etc.

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 - $869,728
(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)

PROCTOR'S LEDGE - $768,170
(dam by Arch)
1st Lake Placid S. G2 (9F, Turf)
1st CD Distaff Turf Mile G2 (8F, Turf)
1st Lake George S. G3 (8.5F, Turf)
2nd Just a Game S. G1 (8F, Turf), 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)
 etc.

FAYPIEN - $444,775
(dam by Freud)
1st Summertime Oaks G2 (8.5F, Dirt)
1st Angels Flight S. (7F, Dirt)
2nd Intercontinental S. G2 (7F, Turf)
2nd Test S. G1 (7F, 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)

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)

VARENKA - $278,100
(dam by Dynaformer)
1st Lake Placid S. G2 (8.5F, Turf)
2nd Miss Grillo S. G2 (8.5F, Turf)
3rd Regret S. G3 (9F, Turf), etc.

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)

GHOST HUNTER - $854,510
(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.

GAMBLE'S GHOST - $787,696
(dam by Secret Claim)
Sovereign Award finalist, 2yo Female
Sovereign Award finalist, 3yo Female
Sovereign Award finalist, Older Female (twice)
1st Maple Leaf S. G3 (10F, AW)
1st Selene S. G3 (8.5F, AW)
1st Mazarine S. G3 (8.5F, AW)
1st Ontario Matron G3 (8.5F, AW)
1st Trillium S. G3 (8.5F, AW), etc.

RUNAWAY GHOST - $750,220
(dam by Desert God)
1st Sunland Derby G3 (9F, Dirt)
1st Golden Nugget S. (6F, AW)
1st Curribot S. (8.5F, Dirt), etc.

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.

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 - $501,723
(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.

CHAMPAGNE PROBLEMS - $382,284
(dam by A. P. Indy)
1st Groupie Doll S. G3 (8F, Dirt)
2nd Spinster S. G1 (9F, Dirt)
2nd Locust Grove S. G3 (8.5F, Dirt), etc.

WHISKEY TICKET - $327,820
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 July 3, 2019

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 his first 27 starters out of Forty Niner granddaughters Ghostzapper has sired nine stakes winners (33%). Five of those are out of Distorted Humor mares (13 starters) including Grade 1 winners Molly Morgan and Guarana (Stakes record in 2019 Acorn S.)

Seeking the Gold is found the pedigrees of 10 Ghostzapper stakes horses, including G1W Better Lucky, G2W/G1SP McCracken, both out of Seeking the Gold daughters. The second dams of both of Ghostzapper's Acorn S. (G1) winners - Contested & Guarana - are 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. SW Enchanted Ghost is out of a mare by the Gone West son Grand Slam.

Champion Hunters Bay and his SW/millionaire full-sister are out of a mare by the Two Punch stallion Smoke Glacken, as is G2SP Phantom Proton. 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 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 G1SP 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 G1W Better Lucky and SW Elghayoor. Mr. Prospector/Storm Bird are present in the dams of SW Angel Terrace and SW Ghost Locket. 

Ghostzapper has had very good success with the Roberto broodmare line. From 22 starters out Dynaformer daughters,  Ghostzapper has sired G1W Stately Victor & G2W Varenka plus 2 additional SWs & 2 GSP runners (27% total blacktype). His first two starters out of mares by the Roberto grandson Arch (by Kris S.) are graded winners - G1W Contested and G2W/G1SP Proctor’s Ledge (2nd dam by Mr. Prospector). Ghostzapper also has good ones out of mares by Silver Hawk (G3W La Cloche) and another Kris S. son, You and I (G2W Illiad). 

SW Dak Attack is an example of Ghostzapper’s success with the Caro broodmare line. He’s out of a daughter of Indian Charlie, the 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 G1W Stately Victor and G2W Hear the Ghost are by another In Reality son, Valid Appeal. G1W 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 first 10 starters with Holy Bull mares (20%).

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

Ghostzapper has sired a good deal of quality with daughters of A. P. Indy - Whitney H. (G1) winner Moreno, G3W/G1SP Champagne Problems and G3W Matthewsburg.

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