Rick Samuels

Grade II Winner Santiva Retired

Giant's Causeway colt broke maiden in the grade II Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes.

Santiva , a grade II-winning son of Giant's Causeway , has been retired from racing because of ankle issues. Breeding plans are undecided for the 4-year-old colt.

Santiva broke his maiden in the 2010 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) at 1 1/16 miles at Churchill Downs, becoming the first son of Giant’s Causeway to win a graded stakes at 2 going two turns on dirt. In his previous race, he finished second in the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (gr. I) at Keeneland.

At 3, Santiva ran second in the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) and finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) in a 19-horse field.

Santiva was retired with a record of 1-4-1 from 10 starts and earnings of $266,097 for owner Tom Walters.

Bred in Kentucky by Paget Bloodstock, Santiva is out of the Smarten mare Slide and is a full brother to grade II stakes-placed Her Majesty and a half brother to grade II stakes performer Take Arms. Slide is a half sister to champion sprinter Safely Kept and grade II winner and successful sire Partner's Hero.