Hunters Bay

Ghostzapper - Smok'n Frolic, by Smoke Glacken , 16.2

Champion Son of Ghostzapper

  • Champion Older Male in Canada
  • First two-year-olds in 2017!
  • First yearlings sold for up to 10x stud fee
  • Multiple Graded Stakes winner & G1-placed
  • Game 2nd to Wise Dan in Grade 1 Woodbine Mile
  • "He was very kind, very intelligent...He was sound when he retired." -Reade Baker
  • Triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures on dirt, turf & all-weather
  • Defeated Grade 1 winner Stately Victor & Classic winner Pender Harbour in Dominion Day S. (G3)
  • Defeated champion Alpha Bettor & Classic winner Eye of the Leopard in Eclipse S. (G3) 
  • Earned over $600,000
  • Out of multiple Graded stakes winner Smok'n Frolic ($1,534,720)
  • Full brother to a multiple a Stakes-winning millionaire
Hunters Bay Ghostzapper Awesome Again Deputy Minister
Primal Force
Baby Zip Relaunch
Thirty Zip
Smok'n Frolic
Smoke Glacken Two Punch
Majesty's Crown
Cherokyfrolicflash Green Dancer
Cherokee Frolic
Race Record
Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
3 3 2 0 0 $74,950
4 4 1 2 0 $61,243
5 6 3 2 0 $472,954
6 1 0 0 0 $1,944
Totals 14 6 4 0 $611,091

At 3


  • Maiden Special at Belmont Park, on dirt by 8 1/2 lengths 
  • Allowance at Monmouth Park,  on dirt by 3 1/2 lengths

At 4


  • Allowance at Woodbine by 6 1/4 lengths 

At 5
Champion Older Male in Canada


  • Eclipse S. -G3, by 3 lengths
  • Dominion Day S. -G3


  • Woodbine Mile S. -G1, on turf to Wise Dan


Champion Hunters Bay to Adena Springs North

Stronach Stables’ Sovereign Award champion Hunters Bay will stand his first season at Adena...

Stronach Stables’ Sovereign Award champion Hunters Bay will stand his first season at Adena Springs North in 2017.

The son of Ghostzapper was a multiple graded winner of over $600,000 and his runner-up effort to Wise Dan in the 2012 Woodbine Mile (G1) helped secure honors as Champion Older Male in Canada.

Prior to his Grade 1 effort on the grass, Hunters Bay reeled off a pair of impressive graded wins over Woodbine's all-weather course. He rolled by three lengths in the Eclipse Stakes (G3) and was similarly impressive in his Dominion Day score over fellow champion Pender Harbour and Grade 1 winner Stately Victor.

Hunters Bay has proven popular with breeders in his first three seasons at stud and his first yearlings have sold for up to 10 times their stud fee.

A stud fee will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Hunters Bay retired in 2014, his first crop races in 2017.
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Updated October 15, 2016 

Champion Hunters Bay was an exceptionally gifted and versatile runner. He was a winner on dirt, a multiple graded winner on polytrack and Grade 1-placed on turf. He’s a son of Ghostzapper and grandson of Awesome Again, two Hall of Fame runners and prolific stallions.

Ghostzapper and Awesome Again have had very good success with the Hail to Reason broodmare line and Hunters Bay can be expected to follow suit. The Roberto branch of this line is worth targeting in particular. Ghostzpapper’s G1W Contested is out of a mare by the Roberto grandson Arch and his Blue Grass S. (G1) winner Stately Victor is out of a mare by the Roberto son Dynaformer. Ghostzapper/Awesome Again have also sired stakes winners out of mares by Kris S., Silver Hawk and Red Ransom.

Seattle Slew-line mares should also be strongly considered for Hunters Bay. Six stakes winners (four graded) by Ghostzapper are out of Seattle Slew-line mares, including 2014 Whitney H. (G1) hero Moreno and G3W Matthewsburg out of daughters of A. P. Indy. Ghostzapper's G2W Mystical Star and SW Zapper Belle are both out of daughters of Capote. The overall Awesome Again/Seattle Slew cross has yielded at least 14 stakes winners, seven at the graded level.

Caro is another promising influence for Hunters Bay. Ghostzapper has sired GSW/millionaire Za Approval and GSW Mr Maybe out of daughters of the Caro son With Approval. Awesome Again’s first Grade 1 winner, 2002 Champagne S. (G1) hero Toccet, is out of a daughter of the Caro stallion Cozzene. Overall, the Awesome Again/Caro cross has produced at least seven stakes winners, all but one a graded winner.

Reinforcing the Mr. Prospector in Hunters Bay pedigree should prove beneficial as around half of Ghostzapper’s stakes horses are out of mares showing Mr. Prospector within five generations

With Forty Niner granddaughters Ghostzapper has sired five stakes winners - G1W Molly Morgan (dam by Distorted Humor), G2W Arena Elvira (Twining), G2W Hear the Ghost (Coronado’s Quest), G3W Gloryzapper (Distorted Humor) and Mt Veeder (Gold Case).

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 mare by the Unbridled stallion Grindstone.

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. 

Reinforcing the In Reality/Relaunch influences is also recommended for Hunters Bay. Ghostzapper’s 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 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.

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