The Ghost

Hall of Fame Inductee, 2003

Legend – Standardbred


The Ghost was a gelded son of Manager out of the Robert McGregor matron Maud and was bred by J. L. Mendenhall of Brookfield, Mississippi. After beginning his career in the United States at tracks in Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas, The Ghost arrived in the Maritimes in 1921 to join the stable of Hall of Fame Legend driver/trainer Billy Hood in Cape Breton Island, where he raced on the “Short Ship Circuit”, which included Sydney, Glace Bay and North Sydney.

Grey in color, The Ghost haunted his Maritime rivals on the turf and in popular ice races, where it is reported that he had more than 100 wins in the ice lanes. The Ghost recorded 155 wins, 46 seconds and 25 thirds, finishing on the board in 92 percent of his 246 heats. He was undefeated in the 1924 and 1925 seasons before suffering a loss in 1926, after 36 consecutive wins. He ended his career with 24 all-aged track records, including those in North Sydney and Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia, as well as Bridgeton, Waterville and Gorham in Maine.

The Ghost raced until he was 18 years of age, earning a record of 2:08 1/4 and was a popular star on both the Maritime and Maine circuits. His legendary feats on the Maritime circuit and great media coverage brought many loyal fans to see him at their local track. His snow white color and name created sentimental support in the bookies’ betting ring and he thrilled race fans across the Maritimes to the end of his career.