Shaman Ghost provided an upset as he got the best of a four-way finish to the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga this evening.
Beforehand much of the interest surrounded whether or not Frosted could replicate his stunning performance in the Whitney Stakes a month ago.
Nine older horses lined up for this nine furlong contest and from the off it was Catholic Cowboy who broke fastest but Bradester and Breaking Lucky took the first turn in front, as Frosted missed the break.
Racing down the back, Bradester continued to lead but the pace was not strong. Samraat moved into second, ahead of Breaking Lucky, Shaman Ghost, Catholic Cowboy and Frosted, who was ahead of Mubtaahij. On the home turn, Bradester still led with Breaking Lucky coming to challenge and then Shaman Ghost, with Frosted improving but racing very wide.
At the furlong pole, Frosted moved into contention and looked set to draw clear; but all of a sudden, apparent confidence from Joel Rosario became desperation as the horse failed to kick on.
Next to the rails, Mubtaahij headed his rivals while Shaman Ghost and Breaking Lucky closed and Frosted appeared one paced to their outside.
All four came desperately close together and at the line it was Shaman Ghost who stuck his neck out for Javier Castellano, to gain the day. Mubtaahij was a close second, with Frosted on their heels in third and Breaking Lucky also in the picture in fourth place.