There is a certain type of quality that we come to expect as buyers at the Saratoga Select Sale. Our team arrives there each year knowing there will be certain horses that have an impressive physical appearance, some that have strong pedigrees and some that present themselves at the walk with fluidity and athleticism. Often times most horses have a combination of a few of those things, but the ones that have all three are the horses that get us most excited to bid aggressively in the ring. Our new colt by Ghostzapper had us salivating at the thought of bringing him home.
Mike Shannon has been inspecting horses at the sales for over 40 years. He’s owned and selected champions for himself and a number clients. As a member of David Ingordo’s shortlisting team he has notes on every horse in the sale. All of our heads picked up for good reason during our pre-sale meeting when this colt was Mike’s pick of the lot. Physically this colt was a dream to look at from the side and very correct when looking at him from the front. He walked with an energetic vigor each day we went back to pull him out and every step was made with the seamless range of motion we look for. Physically and at the walk he passed with flying colors.
A deep dive into his pedigree page quickly cemented him as one of our top choices of the entire sale. His sire Ghostzapper was potentially the most talented racehorse of the past two decades as a winner of the Met Mile and the Breeders Cup Classic. His Grade 1 victories ranged from 6.5f to 10f. He dominated his competition with a balance of brilliant speed and stamina. He has been a very good sire as well with 5 champions and 11 individual Grade 1 winners.
This colt’s dam, Liza Too was a stakes-placed runner in New York and the vast majority of the female family were prominent New York racehorses.
This colt’s very own half brother, Long Weekend, is one of the favorites in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special Stakes on Saturday after an impressive debut victory at Churchill Downs.
Liza Too herself is a half-sister to two Grade 1 winners in New York: Paulassilverlining, who also happens to be by Ghostzapper, making this colt a three-quarter relation to one of the fastest female sprinters in New York over the past decade, as well as Dad’s Caps, who captured back-to-back editions of the Grade 1 Carter Handicap.
This blend of speed and stamina in the female family create vast possibilities for our colt going forward. Take, for instance, Ghostzapper’s current top filly Guarana, who is undefeated in three career starts, ranging from a 15-length debut win in a Keeneland sprint, a Grade 1 victory at a mile in Belmont’s Acorn Stakes, and another Grade 1 triumph on July 21 going 9 furlongs at Saratoga in the Coaching Club American Oaks.
Between this colt’s physical, his athleticism, his sire power and the plethora of strength in his female family, you don’t want to miss out on a simply outstanding prospect that we picked up at a sale that’s very well known for producing G1 level horses.
Christophe Clement will train, looking to build on his resume of top colts including the versatile Gio Ponti (champion older male, champion turf male) and Tonalist (winner of the Grade 1 Cigar Mile as well as the classic, mile-and-a-half Belmont Stakes).
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