Ghostzapper

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Ghostzapper
Sire Awesome Again
Grandsire Deputy Minister
Dam Baby Zip
Damsire Relaunch
Sex Stallion
Foaled 2000
Country United States
Colour 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
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)
Honours
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (2012)

Ghostzapper (foaled April 6, 2000) was a Thoroughbred racehorse, who 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 title, which he went on to 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.

2004 Season[edit]

After Ghostzapper's victory in the 2003 Vosburgh, he took time off to recover from quarter cracks. His first 2004 start came on July 4 at Belmont Park in the Tom Fool Handicap. He won the 7-furlong race in 1:20.40, 2/5 seconds off the track record.

Although Ghostzapper was primarily thought of as a sprinter, Frankel decided to point the horse towards the Breeders' Cup Classic run at 114 miles. Before that, Frankel needed to find out how far Ghostzapper could actually run, since he had never been further than 7 furlongs.

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 118 miles. Over a muddy track, Ghostzapper won the race by 10 lengths in 1:47.6. He earned a 128 Beyer Speed rating, one of the highest ever recorded around 2 turns and one of the fastest Beyers 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 and 132 in back-to-back 6-furlong races in 1987.)

Ghostzapper's next race was the Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park on September 11. Saint Liam (eventual 2005 Horse of the Year) ran stride for stride with him down the stretch as the horses bumped several times before Ghostzapper got his head in front in the final few strides.

His final race of 2004 was the Breeders' Cup Classic at Lone Star Park. Returning Breeders' Cup champ Pleasantly Perfect went off at almost identical odds to Ghostzapper, with Ghostzapper a slight favorite. 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 won the 2004 Horse of the Year title, beating Smarty Jones in votes 174-95.

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

In his debut 2005 race, he won the 112th running of the Grade 1 $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park.

Ghostzapper at stud[edit]

Ghostzapper was retired from racing on June 13, 2005, after the 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), 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 first progeny hit the track in 2009.

Ghostzapper covered 111 mares in the 2006 breeding season. On October 20, 2006, Adena Springs announced a reduction in his 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. His 2010 stud fee was reduced to $30,000 per live foal.

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

In 2012, Ghostzapper was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.[1]

Racing Record[edit]

Pedigree[edit]

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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