Mens Grille Racing’s Ghoul’s Night Out outran her 19-1 odds in the $75,000 Jameela Stakes, driving down the stretch to score her first stakes win by a neck on Sunday, July 14 at Laurel Park.
In her fourth start of the season, the 5-year-old mare spent the majority of the five and a half-furlong stakes for Maryland-bred/Maryland-sired fillies and mares in midpack as pacesetters Magician’squestion and Elevated Vision posted fractions of :22.16 and :45.27. Despite a powerful midstretch move by second-place finisher A Great Time, Ghoul’s Night Out managed to move up and pass them all in the final yards to get the win in 1:02.65.
Trained by Hamilton Smith, this was Ghoul’s Night Out’s first victory on the turf in three attempts, improving her record to 5-7-3 from 23 career starts for earnings of $238,481.
“She ran twice on the grass and handled herself pretty well both times,” Smith said. “It was a tough race, no doubt, but she came into the race real good and I expected her to run good. I didn’t think she’d win it, but I thought she’d run well.”
Bred by Two Legends Farm and Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds, LLC, the daughter of Ghostzapper was purchased for $42,000 by Cool Hill Farm at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall yearling sale and later sold to Patrice Miller/EQB, agent for $150,000 in the April 2016 Ocala Breeders’ Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training.
Ghoul’s Night Out broke her maiden in her fifth career start in a Laurel Park maiden special weight in January 2018, a little over a year after making her first start in December 2016, where she finished fourth. The Jameela was her stakes debut.
Out of the Maryland-bred Not For Love mare Amie’s Legend, Ghoul’s Night Out is her dam’s highest earner and first stakes winner. Amie’s Legend, winner of the 2009 Shine Again Stakes, has produced six foals, with five winners from five starters. Ghoul’s Night Out’s granddam, Lunar’s Legend (by Polish Numbers), also produced stakes winner and stakes producer Celestial Legend, stakes-placed Legendary Journey, and the dams of stakes winners Whereshetoldmetogo, Spartianos, Miss Charm City and Jim’s Prospect.
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