04/20/2017 12:31PM

Baby Zip, dam of Ghostzapper and City Zip, dies at 26

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Barbara D. Livingston
Ghostzapper, a son Baby Zip, wins the 2004 Breeders' Cup Classic on his way to Horse of the Year honors.

Baby Zip, dam of Hall of Fame member Ghostzapper and Grade 1 winner City Zip, died from complications stemming from laminitis. She was 26.

The daughter of Relaunch resided at Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs in Paris, Ky., after being purchased privately by the operation at the conclusion of her racing career.

Baby Zip won 6 of 14 starts for earnings of $60,395. She won the Kattegat’s Pride Stakes and finished third in the Marshua Stakes, both at Laurel Park, racing as a homebred for J. Robert Harris Jr. Baby Zip was claimed for $47,500 in her final start by John J. Lenzini Sr.

Baby Zip produced 14 foals over her broodmare career, with eight winners from 12 starters. Her foals were initially met with indifference in the commercial market, including her third foal, a Carson City colt who sold as a short yearling for $9,000 at the 1999 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.

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That colt, later named City Zip, became Baby Zip’s first taste of success, posting wins in the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes and the Grade 2 Saratoga Special Stakes. He won or placed in stakes in 16 of his 23 starts.

City Zip now stands at Lane’s End in Versailles, Ky., where he has sired Canadian Horse of the Year Catch a Glimpse and champions Dayatthespa, Work All Week, and Finest City.

Baby Zip's greatest work was her fifth foal, an Awesome Again colt Stronach kept as a homebred and named Ghostzapper. Ghostzapper earned Horse of the Year honors in 2004 on the strength of a campaign that featured wins in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Woodward Stakes. Ghostzapper also won  the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap in 2005 and the Grade 1 Vosburgh Stakes in 2003. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.

Baby Zip was named Kentucky’s 2005 Broodmare of the Year.

Ghostzapper continues to carry the standard for his sire, dam, and breeder as a member of the Adena Springs stallion roster, with notable runners including Eclipse Award winner Judy the Beauty, Canadian champions Shaman Ghost and Hunters Bay, and Kentucky Derby hopeful McCraken.

Ghostzapper is joined on the Adena Springs roster by half-brother City Wolf, a son of Giant’s Causeway who was a Grade 3 winner in Canada.

Baby Zip’s progeny is represented at stud internationally by Aristrocat, a son of Awesome Again standing in Venezuela; Zampano, a Smart Strike horse in Chile; and Saudi Arabian stallion Pablo, also by Awesome Again.

The mare’s final foal was Kid Zip, a gelded son of Unbridled’s Song born in 2012 who went unplaced in six starts.

Baby Zip can be found in pedigrees as the second or third dam of Grade 3 winner Northern Causeway and stakes winners Phantom Income and Eye Love Jeanie.

“Baby Zip's influence on our stud book will remain prominent for generations to follow," said Adena Springs general manager Eoin Ryan. "It's a rarity to produce a pair of stallions that have made such a strong impact on our breed. We'll certainly miss having her around the farm."