Lone Star Park H. (gr. III)
(gr. III , 8.5f ,)
Giant's Causeway Golden Antigua , by Hansel
BAdena Springs, KY.; OStronach Stables; TRobert J. Frankel
(DK B/ h,
Cherokee Run Checkered Flag , by A.P. Indy
BDr. Walter Zent, KY.; OWinchell Thoroughbreds LLC; TSteven M. Asmussen
(DK B/ g,
Benchmark Social Savvy , by Deputy Minister
BPam & Martin Wygod, CA.; OJeffrey Sengara; TTed H. West
Giant Gizmo made a huge effort and overcame a difficult trip to notch his second straight stakes victory in the May 26 Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III).
Campaigned by the Eclipse Award-winning connections of owner Frank StronachÕs Stronach Stables, trainer Bobby Frankel, and jockey Garrett Gomez, the son of GiantÕs Causeway crossed the wire two lengths in front of grade II victor Zanjero.
Giant Gizmo proved his affinity for the 11Ú16-mile distance, at which he has scored the majority of his victories, including the May 2 Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs in his last start.
The Lone Star Park Handicap marked the 4-year-old coltÕs sixth win in 11 career starts. The $240,000 winnerÕs share moved his total earnings above the half-million mark to $508,685.
Bred in Kentucky by StronachÕs Adena Springs, Giant Gizmo is the first foal out of the dual stakes-winning Hansel mare Golden Antigua, who took Hawthorne ParkÕs Nicole Stakes on the turf two years in a row. Campaigned at the end of her career by Frank Carl Calabrese, Golden Antigua was also stakes-placed in Italy.
A native of Austria, Stronach is the founder and chairman of the Toronto-based Magna International and Magna Entertainment Corp., which owns 10 Thoroughbred racetracks.
Stronach first entered the horse industry in 1962. His homebreds in 2008 include graded winners Sugar Swirl, Spring Waltz, Harlem Rocker, and champion Ginger Punch.
Golden Antigua was purchased by Stronach for $145,000 at the 2004 Keeneland January mixed sale. Carrying Giant Gizmo, she was consigned by Lantern Hill Farm, agent.
Stronach no longer owns Golden Antigua, however, as she was bought for $125,000 by Mike Ryan, agent, at the 2007 Keeneland November mixed sale. In foal to Ghostzapper, she was consigned by StronachÕs Adena Springs through Hidden Brook, agent.
Though she is the only stakes winner in her immediate female family, Golden Antigua descends from such stars as multiple grade I-winning millionaire Mi Selecto (by Explodent), who is a son of her second dam, Ribonette (by Ribot), and South African champion Blossoming Fields (by Badger Land).
Giant Gizmo is the initial starter for Golden Antigua, whose most recent offspring include a yearling Golden Missile filly and a weanling filly by Ghostzapper. Bred in Kentucky by Kirk Shiner, the last mentioned foal was born Feb. 9.
GiantÕs Causeway is the sire of 45 stakes winners. Among his 11 2008 added-money winners are graded victors Heatseeker (gr. I), Carriage Trail (gr. III), Cowboy Cal (gr. IIIT), Niagara Causeway (gr. III), Juste Momente (Aust-I), and Our Giant (SAf-I). GiantÕs Causeway stands for $125,000 at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky. He will shuttle to La Mission Stallion Station for the southern hemisphere breeding season in Argentina.ÑE.M.