Ghostzapper Blows Away Rivals in Iselin

He went by them so fast they might have thought he was a ghost. Ghostzapper sat off the pace and then blew by to win the Iselin Breeders' Cup Handicap at Monmouth Saturday by 10 3/4 lengths.

Preidentialaffair made the lead in the Iselin, which had a field reduced to four with three scratches because of the off track condition. Javier Castellano simply bided his time and then flew to the lead in the stretch and drew off for the easy win.

Ghostzapper is a homebred racing for Frank Stronach's Adena Springs. He is a Kentucky-bred son of Awesome Again  out of the Relaunch mare Baby Zip.

He covered the nine furlongs in 1:47.66.

The heavy favorite, Ghostzapper paid $2.80 and $2.10 and Presidentialaffair returned $3.10. There was no show wagering because scratches reduced the field to four. Zoffinger finished far back in back in third, beating only Private Lap.

Castellano kept Ghostzapper on the outside all the way.

``I had plenty of horse,'' he said. ``He did it all pretty easy today and came home nicely.''

The win was the sixth in eight starts for Ghostzapper, a son of Awesome Again  trained by Bobby Frankel. He has earned $616,120 for the Stronach Stables.

(Chart, Equibase)