02/06/2009 1:00AM

Frost Giant brings lines of class to Empire


Frost Giant, winner of the Grade 1 Suburban Handicap last year, begins his stud career for the 2009 breeding season at Empire Stud in Hudson, N.Y.

The announcement was made by owner IEAH Stables and partner Andy Cohen on Jan. 30.

The fee for Frost Giant, a 6-year-old son of Giant's Causeway, is $10,000, the highest in the state.

Frost Giant retired with earnings of $454,277, with a record of 4-4-2 from 15 starts. Purchased for $600,000 as a Keeneland September yearling, Frost Giant began his career in Ireland, where he won the Kilternan and Killanullen stakes, both Group 3 events. Frost Giant raced at that time for Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and Susan Magnier.

IEAH purchased him privately in the fall of 2006, after his American debut in the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont Park.

Frost Giant is a member of the second crop of Giant's Causeway, the European Horse of the Year who fell a neck short to Tiznow in the 2000 Breeders' Cup Classic. He is out of Takesmybreathaway, by Gone West, and she comes from one of the great families in American breeding.

A half-sister to the good sire Mutakddim, Takesmybreathaway is a granddaughter of Dance Number, by Northern Dancer. Dance Number, the dam of Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Travers Stakes winner Rhythm, is out of champion filly Numbered Account, by Buckpasser.

Numbered Account produced Private Account, winner of the Widener and Gulfstream Park handicaps and the sire of the unbeaten champion Personal Ensign. It is the family of the great La Troienne.

Frost Giant joins five other stallions at Empire Stud, which is owned by Kurt Butenhoff and James LaMonica.

Empire stallions Silver Wagon, Sunriver, and Midas Eyes are Grade 1 winners, while Defer is a Grade 3 winner and Chief Seattle is twice placed in Grade 1 company.

Big weekend at Big A

New York-breds What a Pear and Mr. Fantasy turned in noteworthy performances last Sunday at Aqueduct.

What a Pear, owned by the Tri-Bone Stables of Bernice Cohen and bred by her son Russell S. Cohen, won the open Wistful Stakes in her first start outside restricted company. A daughter of E Dubai, she is unbeaten in three starts with earnings of $92,100.

The 3-year-old filly is out of Perfect Pear, by Pine Bluff. Her third dam is Best in Show, who was Broodmare of the Year in 1982. Best in Show is the mother of Irish champion Malinowski and Blush With Pride, who won the Kentucky Oaks. Blush With Pride's daughter Better Than Honour is the dam of consecutive Belmont Stakes winners Jazil and Rags to Riches.

Best in Show also produced Sex Appeal, the dam of champions El Gran Senor and Try My Best, plus Compliance.

Compliance, who stood in New York, is the sire of outstanding New York-breds Fourstardave and Fourstars Allstar.

Possible next starts for What a Pear include the Busher Stakes on Feb. 22 and the Grade 2 Comely Stakes on Apr. 11.

Mr. Fantasy, owned by West Point Thoroughbreds and partners, won his first-level allowance on the Sunday card in impressive fashion to remain unbeaten in two starts. Breaking from the outside post in a field of 10, he quickly took command and was an easy winner at 1 1/16 miles, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 93. Mr. Fantasy's Beyer Figure for his debut on Dec. 28 was 97.

Bred by Corra Cavalo Thoroughbreds, Mr. Fantasy is also by E Dubai. He is out of the Spectacular Bid mare Twice Forbidden. He is a half-brother to Tin Cup Chalice and Don Corleone, both winners of the New York Derby. The family continues on to include the popular Santa Anita Derby winner Silky Sullivan.

Tin Cup Chalice became the first horse to sweep the Big Apple Triple last year, earning a bonus of $250,000 for winning the Mike Lee, New York Derby, and Albany Handicap. A son of New York sire Crusader Sword, Tin Cup Chalice also won the Grade 2 Indiana Derby.

Mr. Fantasy could make his open-company debut in the Gotham Stakes on March 7. The Grade 3 Gotham could also attract top New York-bred Haynesfield.