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Shaman Ghost

Shaman Ghost

Jockey Javier Castellano has more than just a business relationship with Shaman Ghost.

“I love the horse and I have so much confidence in him because he reminds me of his father Ghostzapper,” he told the Los Angeles Times after they teamed to win the Pimlico Special Handicap in May.

Castellano was the regular rider of Ghostzapper, who was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 2012 following a career punctuated by his Breeders’ Cup Classic victory and Horse of the Year honors in 2004.

A Classic victory by Shaman Ghost would make him a third generation winner as Ghostzapper’s sire Awesome Again won the 1998 renewal. Upon retirement, Shaman Ghost likely will join his sire and grandsire at Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs on the outskirts of Lexington. All three horses were bred and raced by Stronach.

Shaman Ghost has earned a place in the stallion barn with a glitzy record. The highlights include capping a four-race winning streak with a triumph in the 2015 Queen’s Plate Stakes in his native Canada and earning the Sovereign Award as that country’s champion 3-year-old colt.

He first made a name for himself in America by winning the Brooklyn Invitational Stakes June 11, 2016 and has been upgrading his resume ever since. He won the Santa Anita Handicap and Belmont Park’s Woodward Stakes and was second to Arrogate in the inaugural Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes at Gulfstream Park. He was the overwhelming favorite to win Belmont’s Suburban Stakes, but was overtaken late by Keen Ice July 8.

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