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Ghostzapper

Ghostzapper
Sire Awesome Again
Dam Baby Zip
Grandsire Deputy Minister
Damsire Relaunch
Gender Stallion
Foaled 2000
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Adena Springs Farms
Owner Frank Stronach & Ghostzapper Syndicate
Trainer Robert J. Frankel
Jockey Javier Castellano
Record 11:9-0-1
Earnings $3,446,120
Summary
Ghostzapper is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Baby Zip by Awesome Again. He was born around 2000 in the United States, and was bred by Adena Springs Farms.
Major wins

Vosburgh Stakes (2003)
Woodward Stakes (2004)
Tom Fool Handicap (2004)
Philip H. Iselin Breeders' Cup Handicap (2004)
Metropolitan Handicap (2005)

Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Classic (2004)
Awards
Champion Older Male (2004)
United States Horse of the Year (2004)
World's Top Ranked Horse (2004)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on January 6, 2007

Foaled in Kentucky on April 6 in the year 2000, the thoroughbred racehorse Ghostzapper won the Breeders' Cup Classic in 2004, outdistancing Roses in May by three lengths in a stakes record of 1:59.02. His gate-to-wire Classic victory completed a 4-for-4 season and established him as one of the favorites for the 2004 Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year, which he would eventually win.

Ghostzapper's victory gave trainer Robert J. Frankel his second Breeders' Cup victory in 62 starts and jockey Javier Castellano his first Breeders' Cup win. His overall performance for the year made Ghostzapper the "World's Top Ranked Horse" for 2004 as compiled by the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings.

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2004 Season

After a smashing victory in the 2003 Vosburgh, many racing fans eagerly awaited the return of Ghostzapper in 2004. Unfortunately,it took the 4-year-old almost six months to make his debut, battling quarter cracks. His first start came on July 4 at Belmont Park in the Tom Fool Handicap. He won the 7 furlong race in 1:20.40, just 2/5's of a second off the track record.

Always thought of as a sprinter, Frankel now decided he wanted to point Ghostzapper towards the Breeders Cup Classic run at a 1 1/4. Before that, Frankel needed to find out how far Ghostzapper could actually run, since he had never been further than 7 furlongs.

To find the answer to that question, Frankel entered him in the Philip H. Iselin Breeders' Cup Handicap at Monmouth Park Racetrack, on August 21. It was his first distance race, run at 1 1/8. The track was muddy but that didn't stop Ghostzapper from flying home in 1:47.6, winning the race by 10 lengths. He earned a 128 Beyer Speed rating, one of the highest ever recorded around 2 turns and one of the fastest Beyers ever recorded since the figures were invented. (Groovy, 1987 American Champion Sprint Horse, was the last horse to break the 130 Beyer Speed Figure, earning 133 & 132 in back-to-back 6-furlong races in 1987.) Now Frankel was confident he had not only a possible starter in the Breeders Cup Classic, but a probable favorite for the race. But before that, he would get one more prep.

That prep came in the Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park on September 11. Ghostzapper ran the same impressive race as he did in the Iselin, however this time he wasn't alone. Saint Liam (eventual 2005 Horse of the Year) ran stride for stride with Ghostzapper down the stretch, bumping several times, before Ghostzapper finally got his head in front in the final few strides.

His next, and final race of 2004 would come in the Breeders Cup Classic. Returning Breeders Cup champ, Pleasantly Perfect, went off at almost identical odds to Ghostzapper (Ghostzapper was a slight favorite). The betting was close, however the race was not. Ghostzapper led the entire way, pulling away in the stretch to a 3 length victory. The final time of 1:59.02 set a new track record and Breeders Cup Classic record.

Ghostzapper would go onto win the 2004 Horse of the year, edging out Smarty Jones in votes 174-95.

In 2005, owner/breeder Frank Stronach returned Ghostzapper to racing which is very rare for a previous Horse of the Year winner. Ghostzapper could easily earn $10 million a season as a stud, which dwarfs what could be made racing. Stronach said he wanted to give something back to the game by returning Ghostzapper to competition, thus taking the financial risk.

Ghostzapper did not disappoint. In his debut 2005 race, he won in 112th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park.

Ghostzapper at stud

Ghostzapper was retired from racing on June 13, 2005 after discovery of a hairline fracture in his left front ankle. He retired with career earnings of $3,446,120. He is currently standing stud at Stronach's Adena Springs Farm in Kentucky where his own sire, the champion racehorse Awesome Again (by Deputy Minister) also stands. Ghostzapper's dam is Baby Zip, the 2005 Broodmare of the Year.

Ghostzapper commands $200,000 per live foal, the highest fee ever for a first time stallion. His progeny will hit the track some time in 2009.

Ghostzapper covered 111 mares in the 2006 breeding season. On October 20, 2006, Adena Springs announced a reduction in Ghostzappers stud fee. His 2007 stud fee was $150,000 per live foal. From that year's crop he sired Stately Victor, winner of the 2010 Blue Grass Stakes.

"Few horses have devastated their opponents in so many ways, at so many distances, and in such fast times."--Steve Haskin

Racing Record

  • 4th - Allowance Race, Hollywood Park, December 26, 2002
  • 1st - Allowance Race, Belmont Park, June 20, 2003
  • 1st - Philip H Iselin Breeders Cup Handicap G3, Monmouth Park, August 21, 2004

Pedigree

Pedigree of Ghostzapper
Sire
Awesome Again
1994
Deputy Minister
1979
Vice Regent Northern Dancer
Victoria Regina
Mint Copy Bunty's Flight
Shakney
Primal Force
1987
Blushing Groom Red God
Runaway Bride
Prime Prospect Mr. Prospector
Square Generation
Dam
Baby Zip
1991
Relaunch
1976
In Reality Intentionally
My Dear Girl
Foggy Note The Axe
Silver Song
Thirty Zip
1983
Tri Jet Jester
Haze
Saliaway Hawaii
Quick Wit (F-No.23-b)

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