Jun 03, 2005
Ghostzapper runs away with Met Mile
By: SPORTS NETWORK
Elmont, NY (Sports Network) - Defending Horse of the Year Ghostzapper made a
successful return to the racetrack on Memorial Day by winning the Metropolitan Mile
at Belmont Park. Ghostzapper was making his first start since winning the
Breeders' Cup Classic last October.
Ridden by Javier Castellano, Ghostzapper notched his sixth straight stakes victory
and the fifth straight as the favorite. The five-year-old is owned by Frank Stronach
and trained by Bobby Frankel.
As the field of six was being loaded into the starting gate, Ghostzapper proved
reluctant to be loaded. This was an unusual occurrence for the 3-5 favorite.
Once the field broke Love of Money quickly took the lead followed by Forest Danger
and Ghostzapper. Entering the far turn Ghostzapper made his move to the lead and
in a flash pulled away. Down the stretch he ran away from the challengers to win
by 6 1/4 lengths.
Finishing second was 35-1 longshot Silver Wagon followed by Sir Shackleton,
Pomeroy, Forest Danger and Love of Money. The time of the Met Mile was 1:33.29.
Ghostzapper adds $450,000 to his bankroll which now totals $3.4 million. Frankel
has set a schedule of races for his horse that will get him to the World Thoroughbred Championships in October at Belmont Park. Ghostzapper is expected to next start
in the Suburban Handicap on July 2.
Ghostzapper returned $3.30, $2.50 and $2.10. Silver Wagon paid $9.90 and $2.60,
and Sir Shackleton paid $2.50 for show.
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