02/28/2013 12:17PM

Frost Giant: Leading New York sire by juvenile earnings, freshman earnings, juvenile average earnings per runner

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Frost Giant had the genes to become a top sire in New York, but he also got a boost from a committed owner and some careful management on his way to the top of New York’s freshman and juvenile sire ranks.

The Giant’s Causeway horse, now 10 and standing at Keane Stud in Amenia, N.Y., for $7,500, led the Empire State by both freshman and juvenile earnings and also by juvenile average earnings per runner with $56,042. Interestingly, Frost Giant had just 15 runners last year, a relatively small group as compared to the sires immediately below him on the juvenile sire list, but he still managed to edge out Bluegrass Cat as the total juvenile earnings leader with $840,633 to Bluegrass Cat’s $792,552, and that was a record for first-crop earnings by a New York-based freshman.

Frost Giant’s first crop of 28 foals included stakes winners West Hills Giant and Kelli Got Frosty, as well as stakes-placed Zekes Surprise and Nonnie Connie.

Frost Giant’s owner, Andrew Cohen, said the sire is booked full for the 2013 season and is drawing mares from Kentucky. And Cohen just inked a shuttle deal that will send the horse to Western Australia’s Yarradale Stud for the Southern Hemisphere season starting this year.

Cohen and then partners IEAH Stables and Pegasus Holdings bought Frost Giant privately in 2006 after Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith imported the colt for Belmont’s Joe Hirsch Turf Classic. He was unplaced in that race, but he already was a two-time Group 3 winner in Ireland. He went on to win the Grade 1 Suburban for Cohen and partners. There was a lot to like from the pedigree perspective, too. Giant’s Causeway, a successful sire in his own right, is a son of the legendary Storm Cat. And Frost Giant’s female family includes such horses as Mutakddim, Rhythm, Girolamo, Accelerator, Super Saver, Bluegrass Cat, Not For Love, Private Account, and Polish Numbers.

“It’s one of the most unique pedigrees out there, because it’s so live and current but yet it’s got the foundation of tremendous sires like Private Account, Polish Numbers, and Not For Love,” said Jamie LaMonica, whose Empire Stud in Hudson, N.Y., stood Frost Giant during his first season. “That’s one of the things I really loved. And a Giant’s Causeway that could do what he did, by winning Grade 3s at two and at three, and then still be around to win the Suburban at five, is pretty good. These were the things that got me interested in the horse at first.”

“The pedigree was so impressive that we felt that he would have a lot of potential as a stallion, and so far he’s proven that he’s pretty good at his job,” Cohen said. “They’ve got that will to win. I’d say 90 percent of the babies look just like him, and when you’re watching a race and see them coming around the turn at the top of the stretch, it seems more times than not they have that extra gear and that determination, and they close well.”

Cohen bred nine of the foals from Frost Giant’s first crop, including Kelli Got Frosty.

“Everybody played their role very well to get this horse, with a limited foal crop, to national recognition,” LaMonica said. “When you’re able to put about 25 or 30 percent of a horse’s foal crop in your possession, as far as management, that’s helpful.”

Cohen and Empire Stud sent Frost Giant’s first crop to a variety of facilities for their early raising and training, including Indian Creek and Katierich Farms in Kentucky, David Ingordo’s training center in Florida, then on to various trainers.

“They went to very qualified, talented trainers and managers of horses,” LaMonica said. “Whenever you can do that, especially in New York where you’re eligible for restricted racing and you’re only dealing with a foal crop of 1,000, your manipulation powers are greater. All that being said, you have to have the person with the passion, conviction, and finances to get them there, and that’s not easy. It’s a long road, and an expensive one.”

Now, Cohen is enjoying the payoff. “The phone has been ringing off the hook, and we’re to the point where we have a waiting list for next year,” Cohen said. “We’re figuring to get between 125 and 140 mares.”


Leading juvenile sires by 2012 progeny earnings

 

RANK NAME (BORN, SIRE, FARM) 2013 STUD FEE RNRS WNRS 2012 EARNINGS
1 Frost Giant (2003, Giant's Causeway) Keane Stud Operations $7,500 15 12 $840,633
2 Bluegrass Cat (2003, Storm Cat) Vinery New York at Sugar Maple $15,000 51 20 $792,552
3 Freud (1998, Storm Cat) Sequel Stallions New York $10,000 24 8 $511,546
4 Posse (2000, Silver Deputy) Vinery New York at Sugar Maple $12,500 24 4 $510,949
5 Utopia (JPN) (2000, Forty Niner) McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds $5,000 24 4 $328,807
6 Bustin Stones (2004, City Zip) Waldorf Farm $2,500 17 7 $294,307
7 Pomeroy (2001, Boundary) Vinery New York at Sugar Maple $5,000 17 9 $275,434
8 Congaree (1998, Arazi) Highcliff Stallions at McMahon of Saratoga $7,500 19 8 $192,525
9 Catienus (1994, Storm Cat) McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds $5,000 18 4 $188,236
10 Bob and John (2003, Seeking the Gold) Highcliff Stallions at McMahon of Saratoga $6,000 17 3 $181,610


Leading freshman sires by 2012 progeny earnings

 

RANK NAME (BORN, SIRE, FARM) 2013 STUD FEE RNRS WNRS 2012 EARNINGS
1 Frost Giant (2003, Giant's Causeway) Keane Stud Operations $7,500 15 12 $840,633
2 Bustin Stones (2004, City Zip) Waldorf Farm $2,500 17 7 $294,307
3 Miracle Man (2002, Yankee Victor) Pucker Ridge Farm $2,000 2 0 $3,023


Leading juvenile sires by 2012 average earnings per runner

 

RANK NAME (BORN, SIRE, FARM) 2013 STUD FEE RNRS WNRS 2012 AVG. EARNINGS
1 Frost Giant (2003, Giant's Causeway) Keane Stud Operations $7,500 15 12 $56,042
2 Freud (1998, Storm Cat) Sequel Stallions New York $10,000 24 8 $21,314
3 Posse (2000, Silver Deputy) Vinery New York at Sugar Maple $12,500 24 4 $21,290
4 Bustin Stones (2004, City Zip) Waldorf Farm $2,500 17 7 $17,312
5 Pomeroy (2001, Boundary) Vinery New York at Sugar Maple $5,000 17 9 $16,202
6 Bluegrass Cat (2003, Storm Cat) Vinery New York at Sugar Maple $15,000 51 20 $15,540
7 Disco Rico (1997, Citidancer) Keane Stud Operations $5,000 11 3 $14,337
8 Utopia (JPN) (2000, Forty Niner) McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds $5,000 24 4 $13,700
9 Bob and John (2003, Seeking the Gold) Highcliff Stallions at McMahon of Saratoga $6,000 17 3 $10,683
10 Catienus (1994, Storm Cat) McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds $5,000 18 4 $10,458

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