01/12/2018 9:30AM

Shaman Ghost to stand at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in California

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Barbara D. Livingston
Shaman Ghost will stand at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds for a $10,000 fee in 2018.

Grade 1 winner and Canadian champion Shaman Ghost will begin his stallion career at Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in Santa Ynez, Calif., during the 2018 breeding season for an advertised fee of $10,000.

Special considerations will be made for young stakes-winning mares at a reduced fee of $7,500.

The 6-year-old Ghostzapper horse was retired in early December. Owner/breeder Frank Stronach announced at the time that he would stand in California, but the decision on which farm he would reside at was still pending. At the same time, the operation announced the relocation of Kentucky-based Adena Springs stallions North Light and City Wolf to EF1 Farm in Hemet, Calif., all with the goal of boosting the state’s foal crop, and in turn, boost field sizes at the state’s tracks. The Stronach Group owns Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields.

Stronach spent the following weeks researching California’s farms and decided on Tommy Town for its central location to a large concentration of the state’s broodmare population.

“Shaman Ghost is a multiple Grade 1 stakes winner who obviously liked Santa Anita, having won the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap.” Stronach said. “The Stronach family’s commitment to California is to improve and preserve the beautiful race tracks. Without a large quality horse population, the race tracks cannot exist. By sending Shaman Ghost to California, we want to demonstrate that, besides owning the racetracks, we also will do our share to breed and race in California.”

Racing for trainer Jimmy Jerkins, Shaman Ghost won 8 of 17 starts for earnings of $3,859,311, making him the second-highest-earning Canadian-bred of all time behind his paternal grandsire, Awesome Again, also a Stronach homebred.

His victories of notes include the he Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap and Woodward Stakes, the Grade 2 Brooklyn Invitational Stakes, and Grade 3 Pimlico Special Handicap. He ran second to Arrogate in the inaugural Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes last year and also finished in the money in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap and Grade 2 Suburban Handicap.

He was named Canada’s champion 3-year-old male in 2015 on the strength of a campaign that included wins in the Queen’s Plate and the Grade 3 Marine Stakes and a runner-up effort in the Prince of Wales Stakes.

Bred at Stronach’s Adena Springs North base in Ontario, Shaman Ghost is out of the stakes-placed Gilded Time mare Getback Time, who is the dam of two winners from three runners. His extended family includes Grade 3 winner Deputy G and stakes winners Shay, Lookin Like a Lady, and Bestdressed.