Ginger Punch KO's Competition
by David Schmitz
Date Posted: 1/21/2008 11:36:24 PM
Last Updated: 1/23/2008 5:10:03 PM

Ginger Punch wins BC Distaff.
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Photo: Jeffrey Snyder

Ginger Punch was all action in 2007. Her victory in the 2007 Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) at Monmouth Park proved powerful enough to propel the daughter of Awesome Again   to an Eclipse Award in the older female division for breeder/owner Frank Stronach.

Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Ginger Punch lost momentum after getting slammed on her right side by Hystericalady in the sloppy Monmouth stretch, but fought back to post a neck win in the black Stronach Stables' silks.

"I thought she was beat there for a while, but she gutted it out," said her trainer, Bobby Frankel.

Not only did Ginger Punch deliver a knockout punch to her Eclipse Award competition in the Distaff, she also came through like a champion in three other graded stakes. In July, she won the First Flight Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park, then took the Go for Wand Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga. Back at Belmont, she made it three straight with a game effort in the Ruffian Handicap (gr. I).

Ginger Punch, who was bred by Adena Springs, was one of three homebred grade I-winning distaffers that Frankel trained for Stronach Stables in 2007. Sugar Shake, a daughter of Awesome Again, scored her big win in the Santa Maria Handicap (gr. I). She has been retired and is booked to A.P. Indy.

Citronnade, by Lemon Drop Kid  , won the Gamely Stakes (gr. IT) and four grade II turf tests in 2007. She also has been retired and is booked to Awesome Again's son Ghostzapper.

Ghostzapper stands at Stronach's Adena Springs Kentucky near Paris.



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