Ghost Hunter winning the Arlington Handicap

Ghost Hunter winning the Arlington Handicap

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Ghost Hunter Makes Grade in Arlington Handicap

Ghostzapper gelding broke through in 46th start.

Count Ghost Hunter as the latest example of good things that come to those who wait.

In his 46th career start, the 7-year-old Ghostzapper gelding notched his first career graded stakes triumph when he shot through up the inside in the lane to prevail by three-quarters of a length in the $100,000 Arlington Handicap (G3T) at Arlington International Racecourse

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Having long toiled in the allowance ranks—where he was a consistent top-three runner—Ghost Hunter took his first swing at graded company last November when he finished fourth in the Autumn Stakes (G2) over the all-weather surface at Woodbine. The bay gelding stepped it up a bit with a runner-up effort in the May 13 Hanshin Cup Stakes (G3) at Arlington on synthetic and came into the 1 3/16-miles Arlington Handicap off a half-length triumph in a salty allowance turf test at Delaware Park | Track Profile"> Park June 15 where he bested grade 1 winner Ring Weekend.

The Jamie Ness-trained Ghost Hunter put it all together Saturday, saving ground along the rail in a close-up third as 79-1 shot Crewman  had fellow longshot Oak Brook at his hip through fractions of :23.71 and :48.61. While Oak Brook bravely outran his 45-1 odds and was still holding tough in midstretch, Ghost Hunter came up the rail under Edwin Gonzalez on his way to covering the distance in 1:55.86 over a firm turf.

"He's very versatile. His best surface is probably Polytrack, and he's a horse who tends to find trouble, but today we found the rail and got through and got the 'W'," Ness said.

Sent off at 12-1 odds, Ghost Hunter bested his seven rivals to earn his 18th career win and boost his earnings to  $633,523 for owners Triple K Stables. Oak Brook edged out Kasaqui for the place. Manitoulinfinished fourth.

Ghost Hunter was purchased by Triple K Stables for $30,000 out of the 2012 June Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. 2-year-olds and horses of racing age sale. He is out of the stakes-winning Kafwain mare Hartfelt.