Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Ghostzapper’s Versatility

by | 05.18.2018 | 2:33pm
Ghostzapper's daughter Holy Helena holds off Lottie and Santa Monica in the 2018 Sheepshead Bay

May 5 was a monumental day for the Adena Springs stallion Ghostzapper, the 2004 Horse of the Year by Awesome Again. Both Ghostzapper and Awesome Again were bred and raced by Frank Stronach, owner of the Paris, Ky., farm where they both stand.

Ghostzapper's daughter Stage Magic produced G1 Kentucky Derby winner Justify (by Scat Daddy), and he is also the broodmare sire of G1 Distaff winner American Gal on the Derby undercard at Churchill Downs. The daughter of Concord Point is out of the graded stakes placed American Story.

Ghostzapper is the only broodmare sire to have three individual AGS winners thus far in 2018, with G3 winner Cosmic Burst joining Justify and American Gal.

But wait, there's more.

Ghostzapper was also the sire of two AGS winners on Derby day, when Proctor's Ledge won the G2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile at Churchill Downs and Holy Helena won the G2 Sheepshead Bay on turf at Belmont Park. Earlier this year, Ghostzapper's son Runaway Ghost won the G3 Sunland Derby at Sunland Park.

Like Ghostzapper, a G1 winner at distances ranging from 6 ½ furlongs to a mile and a quarter, his offspring and those of his daughters have both speed and stamina. American Gal's victory was at seven furlongs, while Justify won at the classic American distance of a mile and a quarter. Holy Helena, who beat colts going 1 ¼ miles on synthetic surface to win the 2017 Queen's Plate in Canada, won the Sheepshead Bay over 11 furlongs.

Graded Stakes Wins by Sales Company     
RankSale CompanyWins
Graded Stakes Winners by Sale      
1Keeneland Sept.53
2Keeneland Nov.17
3OBS March9
4FT May8
FT October8
6FT Florida6
7FT Saratoga5
8Kee January4
OBS April4
10FT July3
FT New York3
Graded Stakes Winners by Sale Year     
RankWhen SoldGS Winners
43 and up7
Graded Stakes Winners by Consignor     
Rank ConsignorWinners
1Lane's End9
2Taylor Made7
3Denali Stud6
5Claiborne Farm4
Eaton Sales4
Wavertree Stables4
8Crupi's New Castle3
Four Star Sales3
Penn Sales3
Select Sales3
Graded Stakes Winners by Sire     
RankNameWinners (Wins)
1Tapit 5 (6)
2Uncle Mo4 (4)
Curlin4 (4)
Into Mischief4 (5)
5Distorted Humor 3 (3)
Ghostzapper3 (4)
Macho Uno3 (3)
Quality Road3 (4)
Scat Daddy3 (4)
Street Sense3 (3)
Graded Stakes Winners by Breeder     
RankBreederWinners (Wins)
1WinStar Farm5 (5)
Stonestreet4 (4)
3Claiborne Farm3 (4)
Spendthrift Farm3 (4)
John Gunther3 (4)
6Adena Springs2 (4)
Calumet Farm2 (2)
Sarah Farish2 (2)
Charles Fipke2 (2)
Godolphin2 (2)
John Liviakis2 (2)
Ramona Bass2 (3)
SNC Regnier & San Gabriel Inv2 (2)
T/C Stable2 (2)
Graded Stakes Winners by Owner     
RankOwner(s)Winners (Wins)
1WinStar Farm7 (9)
2China Horse Club6 (8)
Head of Plains Prtnrs6 (7)
4Medallion Racing4 (5)
Michael Dubb4 (7)
Bethlehem Stable4 (7)
Madaket Stables4 (4)
8Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey3 (3)
SF Racing3 (4)
Gary Barber3 (3)
Graded Stakes Winners by Trainer     
RankTrainerWinners (Wins)
1Chad Brown12 (12)
2Todd Pletcher
11 (15)
3Bob Baffert5 (6)
Mark Casse5 (5)
Mike Maker5 (5)
6Brad Cox4 (6)
Peter Miller4 (4)
8Steve Asmussen3 (3)
Richard Baltas3 (3)
Simon Callaghan3 (3)
Jerry Hollendorfer3 (4)
Kiaran McLaughlin 3 (3)
Total Graded Stakes Wins by Horse     
Midnight Bisou3
Blended Citizen2
City of Light2
Heart to Heart2
Hi Happy2
Magnum Moon2
Martini Glass 2
Monomoy Girl2
My Boy Jack2
Something Awesome2
Graded Stakes Wins by Jockey     
1Jose Ortiz13
2Irad Ortiz Jr.9
John Velazquez9
4Javier Castellano8
Mike Smith8
Flavien Prat8
Luis Saez8
8Tyler Baze6
Florent Geroux6
10Joe Bravo5
Kent Desormeaux5
Julien Leparoux5
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