Ghostzapper (KY)

Bred in Kentucky by owner Frank Stronach at Adena Springs, Ghostzapper was one of the most spectacular racehorses of the 21st century’s first decade.

Ghostzapper (Javier Castellano up) turning for home in the 2005 Metropolitan Handicap, his final career race (NYRA)
Inducted

2012

Foaled

2000

Sire

Awesome Again

Dam

Baby Zip

Damsire

Relaunch

Breeder

Adena Springs

Owner

Stronach Stables

Trainer

Robert J. Frankel

Career

2002-2005

Earnings

$3,446,120

Racing Record

11

Starts

Year Starts First Second Third Earnings
Year Sts 1 2 3 $
2002 2 1 0 0 $27720 $27,720
2003 4 3 0 1 $378400 $378,400
2004 4 4 0 0 $2590000 $2,590,000
2005 1 1 0 0 $450000 $450,000

Biography

Bred in Kentucky by owner Frank Stronach at Adena Springs, Ghostzapper was one of the most spectacular racehorses of the 21st century’s first decade.

A son of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Awesome Again out of the Relaunch mare Baby Zip, Ghostzapper broke his maiden in his career debut at Hollywood Park in November 2002 for Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel. Ghostzapper made only one other start that year, finishing fourth in an allowance race at Santa Anita. It was the only time in his 11-race career that he finished out of the money.

As a 3-year-old, Ghostzapper won an allowance at Belmont Park and one at Saratoga Race Course before finishing third in the King’s Bishop at Saratoga, which was his second and final career defeat. Ghostzapper closed out his 2003 campaign with his first Grade 1 victory in the Vosburgh Stakes at Belmont in September.

An injury kept Ghostzapper off the track until July 4, 2004, but his return to the races was spectacular. Ghostzapper secured an easy victory in the Grade 2 Tom Fool Handicap, then romped by 10¾ lengths in the Grade 3 Philip H. Iselin Handicap at Monmouth Park. His jaw-dropping performance in the 1⅛-mile Iselin earned Ghostzapper a Beyer Speed Figure of 128, the highest figure in the history of the American racing for a non-sprinting distance. 

Ghostzapper followed his Iselin romp with a spectacular victory in the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes over a strong field that included Saint Liam, the 2005 Horse of the Year. With Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano in the irons, Ghostzapper concluded his 4-year-old season with a remarkable effort in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Lone Star Park in Texas. In a star-studded field that included Azeri, Funny Cide, Birdstone, Perfect Drift, Pleasantly Perfect, and Roses in May, Ghostzapper drew away and covered the 1¼-mile distance in 1:59.02 to set a track and Breeders’ Cup Classic stakes record.

The 4-for-4 campaign garnered Ghostzapper Horse of the Year and Champion Older Male honors in the 2004 Eclipse Award voting. He returned to the races in late May of 2005, winning the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap. Ghostzapper was retired a couple weeks later with a hairline fracture in his left front ankle. He closed out his career on a six-race win streak for an overall record of 9-0-1 from 11 starts with earnings of $3,446,120. 

Achievements

Eclipse Award Horse of the Year — 2004
Eclipse Award Champion Older Male — 2004

Breeders' Cup Highlights

Won the Classic — 2004

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