Monday, June 13, 2011

Dangerous Ghost prevails in Canterbury allowance

Dangerous Ghost, a $12,000 2-year-old among my 187 mostly bargain-minded prospects from last year's juvenile sales, on Sunday kept up her string of strong efforts at age 3, winning an allowance at Canterbury Park by a hard-fought half-length.

The filly who broke maiden at Remington Park last year had previously finished second in her first two starts during a 2011 "road trip" that has taken her from Lone Star Park in Texas, to Prairie Meadows in Iowa, and now to Minnesota, which is actually where her racing career began a year ago.

On Sunday Dangerous Ghost (Ghostzapper-Katy Kat, by Forest Wildcat) pressed the fast pace set by 6/5 favorite City Wife, who went out in 22.32 and 46.02. As City Wife shortened stride in the stretch, second-favored Dangerous Ghost held on to prevent a mild upset by 5/1 It's Partytime, scoring in 1:05.65 for five and a half furlongs over fast dirt.

Dangerous Ghost now has two wins and three seconds from nine starts, for $29,732 in earnings. Her four unplaced efforts include three tries on grass and a start against colts and geldings in Remington Park stakes company at age 2. She nearly broke maiden in her debut at Canterbury last year, missing by a nose in maiden special weight company before shipping south to Remington.

I recommended Dangerous Ghost before she sold for that paltry price as Hip 1205 at last year's Ocala April sale of 2-year-olds in training. She was bred in Kentucky by White Fox Farm, and though she "only" breezed 10.3 at Ocala, I liked the blacktype in her female family. Her dam KATY KAT was a Fairgrounds stakes winner, G3-placed, and full-sister to a stakes winner. Her second dam, Kombat Kate, was stakes-placed and a multiple stakes producer. Third dam Caitland retired a maiden, but was a half-sister to G1 winner and sire WILD AGAIN and herself produced four stakes horses (three blacktype winners) including multiple G3 hero LANCE.

You can follow the further exploits of Dangerous Ghost and her 186 classmates on my 2010 juvenile sales-tip list at this link.


  1. It was a very nice effort. Further proof that those ridiculous breeze times at sales are no barometer of future performance. I'd rather have a nice pedigree with athletic conformation and correctness than a 2YO that's being totally fried asked for speed to early. Nicely done.

  2. Thanks, Ted. She's at least a useful racehorse and for $12,000 that was a pretty good score in itself for her buyers.

    Definitely some of those 2-year-olds who are really fast for an eighth aren't worth a thing once the real racing begins. My list includes nine horses that I went against, and while many of them are now winners, they all cost $100,000 or more and only two of them show any promise of meriting their purchase prices; most notably Akkadian, who was fourth this weekend in a G3 and has two wins from five starts.

    My theory is that I can do at least as well at a sale for a client as the average bloodstock agent, for half the price. (Maybe better than most, but we'll see.)


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