Stronach Stables' Queen's Plate winner Shaman Ghost upset Frosted in Saratoga's G1 Woodward Stakes Saturday, turning the tables on the winner of two G1 races in a row. The 4-year-old son of Ghostzapper rode the rail under Javier Castellano to save all the ground, defeating Mubtahiij by a head with Frosted another neck back in third in a final time of 1:48.92 for nine furlongs over the fast main track. Shaman Ghost is trained by Jimmy Jerkens.
“The last race was a little disappointing,” Jerkens explained.” After the Brooklyn, he came down with a little bit of a nagging cough. It took him a while to get over it. It looked like he was training good up to it, and then was a little flat in the Suburban. The rail was pretty deep that day and he was stuck on it all the way around. I think a combination of the two, he got beat six lengths.
Bradester broke on top as expected, but had immediate company from Breaking Lucky to lead through a first quarter in :24.38. Shaman Ghost tracked from fourth with Catholic Cowboy fifth. Frosted broke a half-step slow under Joel Rosario, and was relegated to sixth early. Samraat moved up to press the pace, a length off Bradester's lead through a half-mile in :48.43 as Frosted settled nearly six lengths off the leaders.
Approaching the far turn, Frosted began to make his move for Rosario, but was forced wide all the way around the turn as Bradester held onto his lead as long as possible. Shaman Ghost was able to find room inside along with Mubtahiij who was closing strongly inside of Breaking Lucky. Breaking Lucky got a brief lead as Bradester fell back, but was immediately joined by both Mubtahiij and Shaman Ghost.
Frosted was still under a hand-ride by Rosario in mid-stretch, but he was being ridden confidently. He rolled up alongside the leading trio fairly easily, but seemed to hang just a bit late, keeping him out of the exacta as Shaman Ghost thrust his head in front at the wire. Mubtahiij kept his neck in front of Frosted as well in what was nearly a four-horse photo, with Breaking Lucky fourth.
“I am very happy and satisfied the way my horse ran today,” said Castellano of Shaman Ghost. “He cut the corners, saved ground on the first turn and I could see how the race was developing on the backside. When I saw Frosted moving on the outside, I decided to go on the inside, cut the corners, split horses. The way [Shaman Ghost] did it, he was very impressive today.”
Bred in Ontario by Adena Springs, Shaman Ghost was the Sovereign Award Champion 3-Year-Old Colt in Canada. With an overall record of six wins from 12 starts, with earnings of over $1.3 million.
“Frosted was just very wide and he didn't break sharp,” said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. “It just wasn't our day but we didn't get beat very far. Mubtaahij ran very well but just not himself.”
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