Stronach Stables’ Shaman Ghost and jockey Javier Castellano win the Grade I $ 750,000 Santa Anita Handicap
Stronach Stable’s multiple Grade 1 winner Shaman Ghost is doing well following his throat surgery last week and is recuperating at Jimmy Jerkens’ barn at Belmont Park, the trainer said.
Shaman Ghost was forced to miss his title defense in the Grade 1, $ 750,000 Woodward this weekend after Jerkens said the 5-year-old son of Ghostzapper was making noise during training two weeks ago. He was sent to Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists near Belmont and had the procedure on August 21.
“I saw him the other day after his surgery,” said Jerkens. “He’s at Belmont and he’s just going to hand walk until the staples come out of where the incision is. You never know exactly until you get them going, but there weren’t any problems while they were doing it, and they didn’t find anything more than they thought.”
This year, Shaman Ghost was second to Arrogate in the inaugural Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup in January and followed up with wins in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap and Grade 3 Pimlico Special. He was second last time out to Keen Ice in the Grade 2 Suburban at Belmont on July 8 and was training up to the Woodward, which he won by a head last year.
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