Godolphin homebred Comical Ghost (c, 3, Ghostzapper– Hystericalady, by Distorted Humor) entered the starting gate with a big reputation after working a trio of bullets at Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s Los Alamitos base this spring–including a four-furlong move in :47 (1/14) May 15–and ran to the billing with a ‘TDN Rising Star’ performance on debut at Santa Anita Saturday.
The 1-2 favorite broke sharply and battled in between horses through an opening quarter in :21.93. He began to shake free approaching the quarter pole, kicked for home in charge and was kept to task down the lane by Joe Talamo en route to a promising, 2 1/4-length tally. The runner-up Beleth (Medaglia d’Oro) was also a rallying second on debut in late March.
Comical Ghost is a half-brother to Lady Montdore (Medaglia d’Oro), GSW & GISP-US, GSP-Fr, $308,356. His dam Hystericalady, heroine of the 2007 GI Humana Distaff S. and narrow runner-up in that term’s GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff in the Monmouth slop, brought $3 million from John Ferguson on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed’s operation at the 2008 KEENOV Sale. She is also represented by the 2-year-old colt Tapage (Tapit) and a yearling filly by Frosted. Comical Ghost’s second dam Sacramentada (Chi) (Northair) earned champion older mare honors in her native country.
4th-Santa Anita, $65,702, Msw, 6-1, 3yo, 6f, 1:10.93, ft.
COMICAL GHOST, c, 3, by Ghostzapper
1st Dam: Hystericalady (GISW, $2,390,556), by Distorted Humor
2nd Dam: Sacramentada (Chi), by Northair
3rd Dam: Sembrada (Chi), by El Oriental (Arg)
Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $39,000. Click for the Equibase.com chart or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O/B-Godolphin, LLC (KY); T-Bob Baffert.