Jun 17, 2005
Ghostzapper retired due to injury
By: SPORTS NETWORK
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Ghostzapper, who ran away with the
Metropolitan Handicap two weeks ago, was retired Monday because of a hairline
fracture in his left front ankle.
Ghostzapper's injury was discovered after he won the Metropolitan Handicap by
6 1/4 lengths on May 30. It is a minor injury that did not show up on X-rays.
However, a nuclear scan revealed a "hot spot" around the horse's sesamoid -- two
small bones located above and at the back of the ankle.
The 5-year-old Ghostzapper, who is a son of Awesome Again, will retire to stud
at owner Frank Stronach's Adena Springs stables in Kentucky. He racked of nine
victories in 11 starts over his career and amassed more than $3.4 million.
His biggest wins included the Breeders' Cup and the Vosburgh Stakes. He beat out
Smarty Jones for 2004 Horse of the Year last year.
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