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Ghostzapper Tops Adena Springs’ 2019 Fees At $85,000

Adena Springs Kentucky has set its 2019 stallion roster and fees, headlined by Ghostzapper who will remain at a fee of $85,000 S&N for the upcoming breeding season. The roster is also highlighted by the arrival of multiple Grade 1 winner Shaman Ghost, a champion son of Ghostzapper, who is relocating from California to Kentucky. […]

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Brian Hernandez Jr. Hits Churchill Downs Milestone

Brian Hernandez Jr. became the 14th jockey in Churchill Downs history to ride 500 winners at the home of the Kentucky Derby when the 32-year-old won the seventh race on Thanksgiving Day aboard Rock Shandy for trainer Jordan Blair. “It’s great to have my family here with me for this,” Hernandez said. “I’m thankful for all […]

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Ghostzapper Leads 2018 Sire Roster At Adena Springs

Adena Springs’ nine-horse stallion roster is led by Ghostzapper, who finished 2017 as the eighth general leading sire in North America. A homebred son of Adena Kentucky stallion Awesome Again, Ghostzapper enjoyed considerable success in 2017 with 15 black-type winners, eight graded winners, and two grade 1 winners, and his progeny earnings exceeded $10.3 million. His 2018 […]

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$85,000 Fee For Ghostzapper Tops Adena Springs Roster; Shaman Ghost Possible 2018 Addition

Adena Springs Kentucky, located in Paris, Ky., confirmed their 2018 stud fees this week. The nine-horse roster is led by 2017 leading sire Ghostzapper.  A homebred and raced son of Adena Kentucky stallion Awesome Again, Ghostzapper has enjoyed considerable success in 2017.  He has sired an impressive 15 blacktype winners, eight Graded stakes winners, and […]

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Fort Larned Gets First Winner In Mile Turf Race At Ellis Park

Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Fort Larned had his first winner as a sire on Tuesday at Ellis Park when Mark Breen’s juvenile Fort Wise Treaty won a maiden special weight over one mile on the turf. Trained by Brad Cox and ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, the colt won by a neck to complete the mile […]

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‘He Didn’t Quit’: Wilkes Not Disappointed With McCraken’s Blue Grass Effort

Trainer Ian Wilkes was not terribly disappointed in his star 3-year-old colt on Sunday morning, telling bloodhorse.com that McCraken will definitely move forward off the effort. The son of Ghostzapper, previously undefeated, finished third in the G2 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday. “He’s a little tired,” Wilkes said. “He’s jogged, but he’s a […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘One Of The Most Underrated Jockeys Out There’

It was with an air of absolute confidence that jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr., rode top 3-year-old McCraken in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. While making his first start of 2017, the son of Ghostzapper was impressive, extending his undefeated record and announcing himself a major candidate for the Kentucky […]

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Whitham, Wilkes Enjoying The Ride With Top 3-Year-Old McCraken

February is a very good time to have an ascending 3-year-old colt on the road to the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby. Janis Whitham and Ian Wilkes, the respective owner-breeder and trainer of Saturday’s G3 Sam F. Davis winner McCraken, are enjoying the ride. “We’re all excited,” Wilkes said in the blush of the Ghostzapper colt’s […]

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McCraken: Wilkes Tentatively Lays Plans For Tampa Bay Derby

Ian Wilkes says his role in helping McCraken get to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands at Churchill Downs on May 6 is relatively simple. “I’ve just got to stay out of his way and let him take me,” Wilkes said this morning. The unbeaten (4-for-4) 3-year-old colt raised his connections’ optimism several notches […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘You Don’t Get In The Way’ Of Good Horses

Success on the racetrack often comes in bunches. That was certainly the case last weekend, as trainer Ian Wilkes won a total of three stakes races at Churchill Downs. Starting on Thursday, Thatcher Street won the Grade 3 River City Handicap. Linda took the G2 Mrs. Revere on Friday, and on Saturday the talented juvenile […]

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