The McCraken that inspires confidence from trainer Ian Wilkes is the one that showed up in the June 17 Matt Winn Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs, unleashing his typical kick after ranging up on the final turn en route to a 2 1/4-length triumph.
East West Stable's Enstone (by Tiznow), holds a class edge over her fellow 3-year-old fillies in Sunday's Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser. The nine-furlong filly classic drew a field of 12 Canadian-breds.
Baby Zip, the 2005 Broodmare of the Year and dam of grade 1 winners and sires City Zip and Ghostzapper, was euthanized at age 26 due to complications from laminitis, Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Kentucky announced April 20.
The Silver Deputy branch of the Deputy Minister sire line—has suffered two blows recently via export. They would be Silver Deputy’s son Posse, and Posse’s son Kodiak Kowboy, now in Uruguay and Brazil, respectively.
Shaman Ghost, trainer Jimmy Jerkens, and jockey Javier Castellano swept into town and swept up the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap (G1) March 11.
Trainer Ian Wilkes breathed a sigh of relief March 11 when he sent unbeaten McCraken out for an easy half-mile move at Palm Meadows Training Center, the first work for the colt since a mild ankle strain was discovered in his left front Feb. 28.
This week is a recap of the 2004 Tom Fool Handicap (G2), run that year on July 4 at Belmont Park and won by Ghostzapper. Following is a short recap written by Steve Haskin followed by the stakes shell filed by Dan Liebman.
One of the more highly regarded classic prospects for 2017, McCraken gets his first chance to make good on his buildup when he makes his seasonal bow against eight others in the 1 1/16-mile Sam F. Davis (G3).
Despite being accidentally hit with the whip of a rival's jockey in deep stretch, Phillips Racing Partnership's homebred Bellavais quickly regained her focus and momentum to capture the $100,000 Ginger Brew Stakes Jan. 7 at Gulfstream Park.
Chiefswood Stable's homebred Ghostly Presence got up in the final strides to catch heavy favorite Enstone in the $250,000 Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Woodbine Nov. 12.
Multiple grade I winner Fort Larned will relocate from Florida back to Adena Springs Kentucky near Paris, Ky., along with King's Bishop (gr. I) winner Capo Bastone and City Wolf, the graded stakes-winning half brother to Ghostzapper and City Zip.
Jeff and Kathleen Hebert fell in love with a Kentucky-bred daughter of Ghostzapper at the 2013 Keeneland yearling sale. She had some veterinary issues, which scared enough bidders away that the couple got her for just $15,000.
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens will send out a pair of horses as he tries to win the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) for the first time and secure the third Breeders' Cup win of his career Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.
Herbert Bloodstock, Richard Leggio, and Peter Peluso's Gloryzapper earned her first graded win Oct. 9 with a game effort in the $100,000 L.A. Woman Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park.
Former Florida sire Hunters Bay will be introduced to Ontario breeders during an Adena Springs North open house being held Oct. 8 from noon to 3 p.m. EDT.
Vince Scuderi homebred Paulassilverlining edged past pacesetter Momameamaria in the stretch to win the $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II), her third graded victory this year, Oct. 1 at Belmont Park.
A striking gray Tapit colt who is a half brother to multiple grade I winner Mucho Macho Man is among the top horses to watch for during the Sept. 14 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Pinhookers who deal in the upper end of the bloodstock market had a very good Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Aug. 8-9.
Nine Tapit yearlings averaged $713,889
Sires of earners of $250,000 or more from 2011-13 crops
Vincent Scuderi's homebred Paulassilverlining picked up her second graded stakes victory of the year with a win in the grade III, $150,000 Vagrancy Handicap May 21 at Belmont Park.
Ivan Dalos' homebred Gamble's Ghost, patiently handled by jockey Luis Contreras, swooped to a score in the $150,000 Selene Stakes (Can-III) May 15 at Woodbine.
More than 24 hours after Paulassilverlining won her second graded stakes, the Distaff (gr. III) at Aqueduct Racetrack April 17, owner and breeder Vincent Scuderi was still beaming.
Topped by a Quality Road filly sold for $775,000, the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training concluded April 22 with a slight decline overall in gross, and record average and median prices.
With Donato Lanni signing the ticket, a Ghostzapper filly was acquired by Susan Chu’s Baoma Corporation for $720,000 at the final session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training April 22.
Vincent Scuderi's homebred Paulassilverlining earned the second graded victory of her career and first since October 2014 with an emphatic score in the $200,000 Distaff Handicap (gr. III) April 17 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Mike Tarp's homebred Go Maggie Go (by Ghostzapper) making just her second career start, tops Paola Queen and odds-on favorite Off the Tracks in the 50th running of the Gulfstream Park Oaks (gr. II).
Santa Anita Park has drawn quality talent in recent years for its San Pedro Stakes and the 2016 edition shouldn't disappoint either.
Keeneland's January sale featured a robust upper market in Book 1, but that didn't prevent declines in average and median at the end of the five-day auction, which saw a continuation of 2015's finicky market.
Leading sire Ghostzapper's fee remains at $60,000.
Grade I winner Molly Morgan sold for $1.35 million to Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale Nov. 1 in Lexington
When owner-trainer Wesley Ward decided to race champion female sprinter Judy the Beauty one more season this year, the goal was always to get back to the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I).
Soaring Softly, champion turf female and winner of the inaugural Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), died Sept. 29 after a paddock acccident at Darby Dan Farm.
Southern Equine Stable's homebred grade I winner Moreno has been retired, trainer Eric Guillot said Aug. 9, a day after he finished eighth in the Whitney Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
Triple Crown champion American Pharoah returns to gallop home in the Haskell and more in the August 8, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse magazine.
The first two hours of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale see figures on par with last year's final numbers. A filly by Quality Road selling for $300,000 highlights the early going.
With a move in deep stretch, Stronach Stables homebred Shaman Ghost surged past Danish Dynaformer to win the Queen's Plate Stakes July 5 at Woodbine.
After winning the first two starts of her career, including an easy score in the Adena Springs Beaumont Stakes (gr. II), Miss Ella will try to continue her roll May 15 in the Adena Springs Miss Preakness Stakes (gr. III).
Cross the Line will try to secure his first graded stakes win when he faces an expected eight other 3-year-olds in the Illinois Derby (gr. III) April 15 at Hawthorne Race Course.
Hips 201-400 took to the track at the Ocala Training Center on April 14 for the second of six installments of under tack previews for the OBS spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Last seen cruising to an easy win in the Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II) to close 2014, Condo Commando is scheduled to make her 3-year-old season debut Feb. 21 in the $100,000 Busher Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Hard as it is to believe that a daughter of a Horse of the Year out of a mare by another Horse of the Year sold for only $20,000 as a yearling, it isn't hard to see that she could become a champion.
Favored Paulassilverlining slipped through on the rail at the head of the lane and fought Noble and a Beauty to the wire to prevail by a nose in the $98,000 Ruthless Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Jan. 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Odds-on choice My Fiona registered the third stakes win of her juvenile campaign when she outfought a game Heat the Rocks in a see-saw stretch run to prevail in the $200,000 Soviet Problem Stakes Dec. 7 at Los Alamitos.
Adena Springs has announced 2015 service fees for nine stallions standing in Kentucky, including new stallion Mucho Macho Man at $15,000.
Wine Princess, a multiple graded-stakes winner by 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper out of 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri, brought $3 million from DATTT Farm at the Fasig-Tipton November sale Nov. 3 in Lexington.
La Cloche, a 7-year-old mare by Ghostzapper out of the Silver Hawk mare Memories of Silver, was sold to Don Alberto Corp. for $2.4 million Nov. 3 at the Fasig-Tipton November sale.
Molly Morgan took charge in the stretch and cruised to a clear victory over Street Girl in the $237,510 Chilukki (gr. II) for fillies and mares the evening of Nov. 1 at Churchill Downs.
There was no Groupie Doll to stand in her way this season, and Judy the Beauty would not be denied victory in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Favored My Fiona, patiently handled by Rafael Bejarano, swept home along the rail to capture the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies in a Breeders' Cup prelim at Santa Anita Park Oct. 31.
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