Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship S. (gr. I)
(gr. IT , 10f ,)
Giant's Causeway Beyond the Sun , by Kingmambo
BMarilyn Seltzer, KY.; OPeachtree Stable; TTodd A. Pletcher
Out of Control (BRZ)
Vettori (IRE) Heavenly Dancer (BRZ) , by Fitzcarraldo (ARG)
BStud TNT, BRZ.; OStud TNT; TRobert J. Frankel
(DK B/ g,
Formal Gold Moondust Mink , by Great Above
BDr. & Mrs. John Glenney, KY.; OGlenney, John and Kim; TJohn Glenney
Red Giant became a grade I-winning millionaire in grand style as he gutted out a head victory over Out of Control in the Sept. 27 Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship Stakes (gr. IT) at Oak Tree at Santa Anita. The pair finished six lengths ahead of Transduction Gold, and Red Giant set a world record of 1:57.16 for 10 furlongs.
A 4-year-old colt by GiantÕs Causeway, Red Giant came into the Clement Hirsch off a neck victory in the Aug. 3 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT), which was his first start since finishing second in the Jamaica Handicap (gr. IIT) last October. He was sidelined for 10 months because of an ankle problem. Before that, he won the Virginia Derby (gr. IIT) and Restoration Stakes.
Todd Pletcher trains Red Giant for John FortÕs Peachtree Stable. Fort bought the chestnut colt for $350,000 at the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale from Dromoland Farm, agent, and he has now earned $1,092,410.
Bred in Kentucky by Edward and Marilyn Seltzer, Red Giant was foaled at Dromoland Farm near Lexington. He is the second foal out of the stakes-placed Kingmambo mare Beyond the Sun, and her first foal, Carnera, is also a stakes winner. A colt by Old Trieste, Carnera sold for $550,000 as a yearling to John Ferguson.
Beyond the SunÕs only other foal of racing age is a 3-year-old colt by Forest Wildcat named Shan Naa. Purchased by Shadwell Estate for $600,000 as a yearling, Shan Naa did not start racing until this year and broke his maiden Sept. 10.
Kept at Dromoland, Beyond the Sun was barren to Cozzene and Vindication for 2006 and 2007, respectively. The 12-year-old mare delivered a Vindication filly in February and is in foal to Ghostzapper.
GiantÕs Causeway is the sire of 55 stakes winners. Among his 24 added-money winners in 2008 are additional grade I winners Frost Giant and Heatseeker. His Fairbanks won the Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) the same afternoon. The 11-year-old son of Storm Cat stood the 2008 season at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., for a fee of $125,000.ÑA.H.D.