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By Anne Peters

Grade 1 winner Red Giant is the fastest horse ever at ten furlongs, and holds the world record to prove it. A mile and a quarter is the American Classic distance, becoming the new barometer for stallion success, and Red Giant's sire, Giant's Causeway, is a prime example of the importance of this level of stamina. But no one should be thinking that "stamina" equals "slow". Red Giant blazed ten furlongs on the grass in 1:57.16, and that's smokin'!

If Red Giant were just exceptionally fast, he'd be worth a look as a stallion, but he's also very well conformed and beautifully bred. This gives him all the qualifications to be an international level sire. He was a $350,000 yearling, and has matured into arguably the most attractive son of Giant's Causeway at stud in Kentucky today.

Red Giant has a pedigree with international appeal. His sire is Giant's Causeway, the Leading Sire in North America for 2009, and the best son of perennial leading sire Storm Cat at stud. Red Giant is a half-brother to the stakes winner and multiple Graded-placed colt Carnera. His dam is Beyond the Sun, dam of two stakes winners, and was herself stakes-placed. Beyond the Sun's sire is one of racing's true aristocrats, Kingmambo, by the legendary Mr. Prospector out of the great racemare Miesque, by Nureyev.

Red Giant's second dam is the stakes-winning Sharpen Up (GB) mare Carnet Solaire, a half-sister to the champions Keos and Proskona, and to the Group 3 winner Korveya (a remarkable producer and dam of classic winners Hector Protector, Bosra Sham and Shanghai). His third dam, the blue hen Konafa, was a product of Windfields Farm's breeding dynasty and descends from one of its great foundation mares, Queen's Statute. There is extremely high racing class and breeding quality on both sides of Red Giant's pedigree.

Mr. Prospector-line mares

Red Giant is bred on Giant's Causeway's best cross, with a Mr. Prospector-line mare, and like his sire, he should also do well with mares by sons and grandsons of Mr. Prospector. His female family has produced several of the best runners sired by Woodman, a strain that looks especially promising here, along with Misawki and Seeking The Gold, who are bred on the same Mr. Prospector/Buckpasser combination as Woodman and are both proven quality crosses with Giant's Causeway.

Other Mr. Prospector lines that have worked well with Giant's Causeway include Machiavellian, Gone West, Fappiano, Forty Niner and Crafty Prospector. Machiavellian and his son Street Cry (IRE) bring in a second cross of Halo (also found in Giant's Causeway's dam's sire Rahy, out of champion Glorious Song, by Halo). Gone West adds a second cross of Secretariat (also dam's sire of Storm Cat), as well as a second cross of the mare Mixed Marriage, found in Red Giant's second dam by Sharpen Up (GB). Gone West is a proven cross with Storm Cat and Sharpen Up(GB), found respectively in the pedigrees of Breeders' Cup winners Speightstown and Johar, so his blood looks good here. Don't forget that the Fappianos, particularly the Unbridled's Song branch, have been very successful with Storm Cat in particular.

Giant's Causeway has also done well with mares bringing in a second cross of Northern Dancer and any source of Northern Dancer will do he's not particular. Proven crosses include Nureyev, Danzig/Danehill, Dixieland Band, Nijinsky II, Deputy Minister, and Sadler's Wells. Red Giant is linebred to Northern Dancer 4x5x5, first through Storm Cat; second through his dam's sire Kingmambo, whose dam was the great racemare Miesque, by Nureyev; and third through his fourth dam Royal Statute. This linebreeding is not close enough to be a concern, and frankly, you can't seem to get too much Northern Dancer nowdays.

While additional Nureyev might be a little close, it wouldn't be a disaster, although it might tilt the scales toward a smaller foal. Because Sadler's Wells is closely related to Nureyev, he and his son El Prado (IRE) might be good plays here, doubling up both Northern Dancer and the mare Special. Nijinsky II and Deputy Minister have done very well with mares carrying Blushing Groom.

Sadler's Wells' dam also brings in another cross of Hail to Reason, which should play well off Giant's Causeway's dam, Mariah's Storm, who is herself inbred to Hail to Reason. Halo is an ideal target, since he shares a granddam Almahmoud - with Northern Dancer, who is a pedigree strength here. We've already noted a prime Halo cross through Machiavellian, and also look for Saint Ballado and Devil's Bag, full brothers to Glorious Song (the dam of Rahy). Glorious Song also produced Singspiel, Rakeen and Northern Score, all of which would create notable inbreeding to this grand racemare and broodmare.

Giant's Causeway's granddam, Immense, was by Roberto, and doubling back to Roberto is proving a successful strategy on many fronts. The big, stout Dynaformer and Kris S. types would be great choices here. Other Hail to Reason sources to use could include Stop The Music, Mr. Leader and Proud Clarion.

Hail to Reason is also a key strain in the pedigree of Seattle Slew, which ought to work particularly well here. Red Giant's stakes-winning half-brother Carnera is by Old Trieste, a son of A.P. Indy (by Seattle Slew), and this family has produced several stakes horses by other Seattle Slew sons like Slew o'Gold and Seattle Song. Seattle Slew has also proven a formidable nick with Red Giant's dam's sire, Kingmambo.

Giant's Causeway has also crossed successfully with mares carrying a second cross of Rahy's sire Blushing Groom, so keep in mind sires like Mt. Livermore, Runaway Groom, Candy Stripes; and the European versions like Rainbow Quest, Baillamont, and Nashwan. Blushing Groom and Never Bend seem to work well together, and since Red Giant's family has produced a pair of top class individuals in Keos and Korveya by Never Bend's son Riverman, so Riverman and his son Irish River look useful here. Giant's Causeway has also had success with another Never Bend line through Shirley Heights, so keep an eye out for mares carrying Never Bend.

Red Giant's second dam is by Sharpen Up (GB), a bloodline that has quietly exerted a tremendous influence on global breeding. Sharpen Up (GB)-line mares have excelled with bloodlines like Danzig, Nureyev, Sadler's Wells, Blushing Groom, and Roberto, all of which we've touched on as potentially great crosses for Red Giant for other reasons. As a matter of fact, Three Chimneys stands the very good Danzig horse War Chant, who has sired 3 stakes winners, including Kingsfort [G1] and Chamberlain Bridge [G3] from Sharpen Up (GB)-line mares, underlying this pattern, so Danzig in particular should be on the list of recommended strains.

Red Giant's third dam is Konafa, by Damascus. Damascus has been a great cross for Storm Cat, and mares from the Damascus sireline would double up on this good strain. This would include mares descending from Private Account, Time For A Change, Gilded Time, Bailjumper, Ogygian, Eastern Echo, Crusader Sword, and Cutlass.

Red Giant's female line back through Konafa and Royal Statute is a very strong one, and there are several pedigree opportunities to double up on these important broodmares. This family has also produced the sires Brief Truce, Akureyri, Baederwood, Lammtarra, Hector Protector, and Luhuk. Mares carrying any of these sires would be linebreeding to a female ancestor of exceptional quality.

There are other interesting opportunities to inbreed to superior female ancestors in Red Giant's rich pedigree. These include Storm Cat's granddam, Crimson Saint, dam of Terlingua, her full brother Pancho Villa and half-brothers Royal Academy and Encino. Terlingua can also be found as the dam of Pioneering and Wheaton.

Kingmambo's dam Miesque also produced his full brothers Miesque's Son and Kitalpha. Their daughters would be interesting mates for Red Giant, doubling up both Mr. Prospector and Miesque. The Maryland-based stallion Mojave Moon is by Mr. Prospector out of Miesque's good daughter East of the Moon and his daughters might work well here. Look for these sires in your mares' pedigrees for some interesting linebreeding.

To summarize, Red Giant should do very well with a variety of bloodlines including Mr. Prospector (especially Woodman, Miswaki and Seeking the Gold), Danzig, Sadler's Wells, Nijinsky II, Seattle Slew, Halo (especially Saint Ballado and Devil's Bag), and Roberto, Blushing Groom, and Riverman.

Red Giant is a very well made horse at 16.0 hands, correct, with great balance, a good shoulder and strong hindquarters - he can probably thank his grandsires Storm Cat and Kingmambo for that. Keep in mind that horses this well-bred often serve as serious upgrades for mares with pedigrees that aren't quite as elite. Likewise, although he has tremendous physical quality, he's not a great big horse, so he'll probably also do well with large, stout, plain mares that might need a little "prettying up".

 



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