Shaman Ghost produced one of the more underrated runs of recent memory, and has retired as a six-year-old. He will venture to Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in California where he will help anchor a west coast breeding operation that the Stronach Group is attempting to invigorate. The Canadian bred competitor had multiple wins including the 2017 Santa Anita Handicap and 2016 Woodward Stakes.
Frank Stronach himself spoke about the importance of locating Shaman Ghost to Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in order to spread the wealth, so to speak. “Basically, as you know, we own two racetracks here in Golden Gate Fields and Santa Anita Park,” the Stronach Group owner began. “We’re a little concerned there aren’t enough horses, there are small fields, so we want to make sure that we have a good horse population. Naturally, it’s also important that we get new owners.”
The surfaces at these tracks is synthetic, and Shaman Ghost produced well running on these types of tracks. Stronach hopes that Shaman Ghost will attract those interested in competing future horses on these surfaces. “He won the Santa Anita Handicap, and he also won on Polytrack, and they have a synthetic track at Golden Gate,” Stronach continued. “I think he’s quite a versatile horse. I think conformation-wise he’s very correct, and he has a great disposition. Naturally, you always get high on your own horses, but I’ve been around good horses, and I think he’s a very nice horse.”
There were many potential landing spots for Shaman Ghost, but Stronach based his decision on what he felt was best for the horse. “It was a hard decision because there were so many good farms, but I decided to do what is the best for Shaman Ghost,” Stronach revealed. “I think Tommy Town is more central, being in Santa Ynez, and where the mare population is concerned, I think that would be helpful.”
Shaman Ghost ran 17 times for a record of 8-3-2 with $3,859,311 in career earnings. He will retire to Tommy Town Thoroughbreds and stand for $10,000 which is an attractive price for a multiple Grade 1 winner.