Won at 4FOURSTARDAVE H.
(gr. IIT , 8.5f , defeating Stalingrad, Thorn Song, Distorted Reality, Inca King, War Monger, Elusive Fort (SAF), Prince Rahy, Danak (IRE) ).
Red Giant didnÕt let a 10-month layoff get in the way of a victory in the Aug. 3 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga. The 4-year-old son of GiantÕs Causeway trailed by two lengths at the eighth pole before unleashing a rally that resulted in a neck triumph in the 11Ú16-mile race over a yielding turf course.
Red Giant was one of the top 3-year-old grass runners before an ankle problem sidelined him last year. He won the 2007 Virginia Derby (gr. IIT), in course record time, and Restoration Stakes, also on turf, and was beaten a half-length in the Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) in a runner-up effort. He finished second in the Jamaica Handicap (gr. IIT) in October.
John P. Fort, who races Red Giant in the name of his Peachtree Stable, purchased him for $350,000 at the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale from Jerry DilgerÕs Dromoland Farm, agent. Red Giant was bred in Kentucky by Edward and Marilyn Seltzer and foaled at Dromoland near Lexington.
The Seltzers also are the breeders of Red GiantÕs stakes-winning half-brother, Carnera.
Peachtree, based in South Carolina, has raced 13 stakes winners, including other graded winners Chimichurn, Coin Silver, High Cotton, and Shrike. This year, the outfit is represented by additional added-money winner Merchant Marine.
One of the best Peachtree runners over the years has been Invisible Ink. Although he did not win a stakes, he ran second in the 2001 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and was third in the Florida Derby (gr. I).
Red GiantÕs dam, Beyond the Sun, is kept at Dromoland, where she is in foal to Ghostzapper. She produced a Vindication filly this year.
As an owner, Edward Seltzer is represented by 2008 stakes winners Balian, Verdana Bold, and Wow Me Free, alone and in partnership. Verdana Bold won a graded stakes at Woodbine, and Wow Me Free did so at Aqueduct.
GiantÕs Causeway experienced a big weekend Aug. 2-3. The same day that Red Giant won the Fourstardave, another son, Mr Maccool, captured the Jersey Derby at Monmouth Park. The day before, Antrim County and JoffeÕs Run won stakes. GiantÕs Causeway has sired 50 stakes winners, with 18 added-money winners this year, including 10 graded/group winners. GiantÕs Causeway stands at Ashford Stud near Midway, Ky. His 2008 fee was $125,000.-D.S.
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