Frost Giant Joins Empire Stallions

Grade I winner Frost Giant (TrueNicks,SRO) became the latest sire to join the line-up at New York powerhouse Empire Stud. And it has with his stud-mates, Empire Stud has made Frost Giant available for breeders to run complimentary TrueNicks Thoroughbred pedigree nick reports.

Bred by J.M.J Stables Corporation -- from a mating planned by TrueNicks partner Alan Porter -- Frost Giant realized $600,000 as a yearling at the Keeneland September sale. Racing in Ireland at 2, Frost Giant carried the colors of Michael Tabor to a three-length victory in the seven-furlong Killavullen Stakes (Ire-III) only his second start. The following year he added the Bruce Betting Kilternan Stakes (Ire-III) over 10 furlongs. Transferred to the U.S., and campaigning for a partnership headed by IEAH Stables -- which retains an interest in the colt's stud career -- Frost Giant demonstrated his versatility by capturing last year's renew of the Suburban Handicap (gr. I) on the dirt.

Frost Giant is by Storm Cat's leading sire son, Giant's Causeway (TrueNicks,SRO) , a horse whose brother Freud has established himself as one of New York's leading sires. Frost Giant's dam, Takesmybreathaway, is a daughter of Gone West and is a similarly-bred half-sister to Mutakddim, a successful sire in both North and South America.

Frost Giant's third dam, Dance Number, is a grade I winner by Northern Dancer out champion Numbered Account, so this is the family of Private Account, Woodman, Not For Love, and Frost Giant's close relative, Bluegrass Cat.

Empire Stud stud also stands Sunriver, Defer, Chief Seattle, Midas Eyes and Silver Wagon.

Sunriver (TrueNicks,SRO) and Defer (TrueNicks,SRO) are both began their stud careers in 2008. Sunriver, a brother to multiple champion Ashado, gained grade I honors with a win in the 2007 Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes (gr. IT), and earlier in the season he had taken the Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT). At 2, Sunriver beat the talented Achilles of Troy to break his maiden at Aqueduct, and at 3, he took the Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) and captured third in the Belmont Stakes and Florida Derby (both gr. I).

Danzig's son Defer (TrueNicks,SRO) campaigned in the Phipps colors, taking the Laurel Futurity (gr. III) at 2. His dam is a half-sister to champion older mare Inside Information (herself dam of champion 3-year-old filly Smuggler), to multiple grade I winner Educated Risk, and to Diamond, sire of recently-crowned millionaire Silmaril.

The Seattle Slew horse Chief Seattle (TrueNicks,SRO) placed second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Champagne Stakes (both gr. I) in only three starts after a maiden special victory. He has sired nine stakes winners, three graded, including Canadian champion 3-year-old Shillelagh Slew, and the La Canada Stakes (gr. II) heroine Seafree.

Midas Eyes (TrueNicks,SRO) , whose first crop are 2-year-olds of 2009, is a grade I-winning sprinter/miler by Touch Gold. His victories included the Forego Handicap (gr. I) and the Derby Trial and Swale Stakes (both gr. III), and he was also second in the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash and Cigar Mile Handicap (both gr. I).

Silver Wagon (TrueNicks,SRO) moves to Empire for 2009, having spent his first season in Kentucky. A winner of $1,162,193, Silver Wagon captured four graded stakes, including the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at 2, and the Carter Handicap (gr. I) at 6. The brother to multiple stakes winner and graded-placed Rehoboth is by Wagon Limit, a Conquistador Cielo son who upset Gentlemen (ARG) and Skip Away in the 1998 Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I).

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