When one is asked about the best stallion in New York, the frequent answer is perennial sire leader Freud, a powerfully made son of Storm Cat and a full brother to leading international sire Giant’s Causeway.
In his patch, Freud has certainly been as dominant as his more widely known brother, who’s as different from him as chalk and cheese. The dark bay Freud is quite in the Storm Cat mold, blocky and muscular. Set a bit low and built a bit wide, he did not excel as a racehorse, placing only in the G2 Cork & Orrery Stakes
in Ireland at Royal Ascot. As a sire, however, Freud has sired nearly 50 stakes winners, and he has been a splendid vehicle for the better qualities of the Storm Cat tribe: speed, strength, and courage under fire.
In contrast, Giant’s Causeway is a chestnut with a lot of white, flashy in his own way. Narrower and a bit leggier than Freud, Giant’s Causeway stayed 10 furlongs well in Europe and America, where he ventured in a sporting attempt to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He proved a gallant second in that effort.
In their future contributions, it appears that the two brothers may take different paths, as well. To date, no sons of Freud have shown the flair to set breeders on the path to their door. But the best sons of Giant’s Causeway have been otherwise. The best so far have been overseas, with the very notable exception of First Samurai, who has made a highly respectable niche for himself at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky. Although a first-class juvenile himself, First Samurai has done his best work with later-maturing stock.
The relative infrequency of top juveniles among the stock by Giant’s Causeway has been one of the quandaries about the horse as a sire; instead, most of them mature well, stay well, get at least a mile and frequently more. That was certainly the case with Frost Giant, a chestnut son of Giant’s Causeway who is bidding to fill the shoes of “uncle” Freud.
Winner of the G3 Killavullan Stakes in Ireland earlier in his career, Frost Giant came to the States and scored the most important victory of his career in the G1 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park. Possessing the narrower body type and leggier profile of his sire, Frost Giant has risen to immediate prominence among New York’s resident sires because of the success of such offspring as West Hills Giant (New York Breeders’ Futurity), Comandante, and Frosty Margarita.
With a half-dozen yearlings cataloged, Frost Giant was one of the better-represented New York sires in this year’s auction of select New York-bred yearlings.
For instance, Hip 416 is a dark bay filly out of It’s In His Kiss, a daughter of Yes It’s True. The dam of the yearling filly is a half-sister to four winners, including G1 winner A Shin Forward (by Forest Wildcat), who earned more than $3.3 million. Their dam is New York stakes winner Wake Up Kiss (Cure the Blues), and few things will cure the blues more effectively than a promising stallion prospect.