Saturday, June 08 2019

G3 Winner Ghost Hunter Record-Setting Winner of Saturday Feature

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LAUREL, MD – Triple K Stables and Jagger Inc.’s Grade 3 winner Ghost Hunter earned the second win of his 9-year-old season in record-setting fashion at Laurel Park, splitting horses in deep stretch and closing steadily for a neck victory over favored Dundalk in Saturday’s featured sixth race.

It was the 21st win from 62 lifetime starts for Ghost Hunter ($11.60), who ran one mile in 1:33.63 over a firm Bowl Game turf course layout to break the mark of 1:33.91 set by Pizmo Time April 28.

Ghost Hunter, who has 45 top three finishes in his career, also holds the course record of 1:39.00 for 1 1/16 miles on the All Along turf course, set July 10, 2016.

“He had [the record] before,” winning trainer Jamie Ness said. “He had it for a couple years and he lost it, and now he’s got it back again. I guess he wanted it back.”

Dundalk, sent off as the 8-5 favorite over six rivals in the $45,000 second-level optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds and up, established command early from his far outside post position and was in front through fractions of 23.30 and 47.29 seconds and 1:10.58. Hall Pass gave chase for a quarter mile before dropping back and having No Bull Addiction pick up the stalking spot.

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