In a response to yesterday’s post about the potential of staying sires, Sid Fernando mentioned Giant’s Causeway as a stallion of high repute in the States who raced nearly all his career on turf in Europe.
This stallion is also on the cusp of reversing the trend we’ve among breeders to dismiss stallions with turf pedigrees or performance. Already the sire of multiple classic winners in Europe, Giant’s Causeway now has a live prospect for the Triple Crown in Eskendereya, winner of last Saturday’s G1 Fountain of Youth at nine furlongs.
And furthermore, Giant’s Causeway has made a scintillating start as a sire of stallions in Europe. His two first-crop classic-winning colts, Shamardal and Footstepsinthesand, were respectively leading freshman sire in Europe and a top 10 freshman sire there.
Should Claiborne Farm’s freshman sire for 2010, First Samurai (from the first US crop by Giant’s Causeway), have a similar success with his runners this year, Giant’s Causeway will become the full-fledged successor to his famous sire Storm Cat, the hottest stallion in the world, and just possibly the pivot point to swing opinion back in favor of considering turf runners as legitimate sires anywhere.