Giant Surprise to Stand at Vinery New York

Giant's Causeway juvenile colt won by 4 1/4 lengths at Saratoga in his first start.

Giant Surprise , an impressive 2-year-old Saratoga maiden winner in his first start this year, has been retired from racing and will stand at Vinery New York at Sugar Maple Farm near Poughquag in 2012. The son of Giant's Causeway  colt will stand for $3,500 live foal.

Giant Surprise scored by 4 1/4 lengths at six furlongs in 1:10.23 for owner Mike Repole, earning a 90 Beyer Speed Figure. Following the triumph, it was discovered that the colt sustained a non-displaced, condylar fracture to his left foreleg during the race. Subsequent surgery to repair the injury proved successful.

“Giant Surprise was training as well as any of my top 2-year-olds this year,” said trainer Todd Pletcher.  He is a great looking colt, with great conformation and a pedigree that was really meant for the classic distances. I was amazed at the early speed he showed in training and in his impressive win.”

“He has a great pedigree and would have had unlimited potential,” Repole said. “I will support him with my own mares and am very excited about the future of the New York Breeders’ program and the future of the Giant Surprise future foals.”

Giant Surprise is out of the A.P. Indy mare Twisted Sis, who is a half sister to stakes winner A New Twist. His second dam, Twist Afleet, won the Test Stakes (gr. I) and the Top Flight Handicap (gr. I).