First Winner for Giant Surprise

Repole Stable homebred breaks maiden at Spa four years to the day his sire won.

Sudden Surprise, a Repole Stable homebred, broke his maiden in his debut July 30 in the third race at Saratoga Race Course and marked the first winner for first-year sire Giant Surprise .

Sudden Surprise, out of the More Than Ready  mare Ready and Good, was bred in New York by Mike Repole's Repole Stables. He went wire-to-wire in the slop at the Spa, winning the 5 1/2-furlong race by 2 3/4 lengths under John Velazquez. Todd Pletcher trains the bay colt.

Bred by George Bolton and Charles Bolton, Giant Surprise was a $130,000 Keeneland September sale buy by Repole in 2010. In his lone start he broke his maiden July 30, 2011, at the Spa under Velazquez under Pletcher's care. Following the triumph, it was discovered that the colt sustained a non-displaced, condylar fracture to his left foreleg during the race. Surgery was successful, but he was retired from racing.

Giant Surprise stands at Rockridge Stud near Hudson. The son of Giant's Causeway Twisted Sis, by A.P. Indy, stood the 2015 breeding season for $2,500.

Giant Surprise stood his first two seasons at Vinery New York at Sugar Maple.