07/14/2004 12:00AM

Giant's Causeway bears following

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LAS VEGAS - Along with Fusaichi Pegasus, the most recognizable name among this year's group of freshman sires is Giant's Causeway, who increased his value and reputation when he finished a neck shy to Tiznow in the 2000 Breeders' Cup Classic to end his brilliant career.

While many Thoroughbreds are born to be something special, Giant's Causeway fulfilled this promise. A striking chestnut colt by Storm Cat, Giant's Causeway won nine races (eight stakes) from 13 starts with four seconds (all in stakes), and was already a cause celebre when he appeared in the Breeders' Cup Classic, his first race in the United States and his only start on dirt. He was undefeated in three starts at 2, including victories in the Group 1 Prix de la Salamandre and Group 3 King of Kings E.B.F. Futurity Stakes.

At age 3, Giant's Causeway scored five straight Group 1 triumphs: the Irish Champion Stakes, St. James's Palace Stakes, Coral-Eclipse Stakes, Sussex Stakes, and the Juddmonte International Stakes. All but the St. James's Palace were against older runners. He was named champion 3-year-old in England and Ireland..

Giant's Causeway is out of a multiple stakes-winning mare, Mariah's Storm, a daughter of international sire Rahy. Mariah's Storm is out of a stakes winner, Immense (Roberto), who is a half-sister to 1975's 2-year-old filly champion, Dearly Precious. Dearly Precious inherited her high speed from her sire, Dr. Fager, and was nearly perfect as a 2-year-old. After losing her maiden debut, Dearly Precious reeled off seven straight victories, which included the Polly Drummond, Fashion, Colleen, Astoria, Sorority, Spinaway, and Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes.

The majority of Giant's Causeway's offspring are in Europe, but with 129 runners in his first crop, there are many based in the United States. He has sired two winners from 13 runners so far, including one stakes winner, Aischa, a filly who remained undefeated in three starts when she captured the listed Premio Vittorio Crespi in impressive style. His other winner is Maids Causeway, a filly who also finished second in the Wedgewood Estates Maiden Auction Fillies Stakes.

Eight of his runners have been knocking on the door in maiden races, and it won't be long before they are added to his list of winners. This group includes King of Tory, National Swagger, Aragom, Key Causeway, Cappa Blanca, Northern Splendour, Catch a Star, and Tanzani.

There are numerous runners by Giant's Causeway in the United States, and the following list of juveniles may be worth following:

Ask First (filly, out of Clementine's Cap, by Forty Niner). Her dam is a half-sister to Bright Feather, the dam of Albert the Great. Her second dam, In My Cap, is a stakes-winning full sister to stakes winners Trumpet's Blare and Passing Vice.

Cause He's Irish (colt, out of Irish Linnet, by Seattle Song). His dam was a stakes winner on grass in the United States.

Cause Ur Mine (colt, out of Lavender Mine, by Mr. Prospector). His second dam, Dream Touch, is a half-sister to Slew City Slew.

Charm the Giant (filly, out of Olympic Charmer, by Olympio). Bred for high speed, this female family produced Like a Charm, Herecomesthebride, Acharmer, and Outofthebox.

Complicated (colt, out of Humble Eight, by Seattle Battle). He is a half-brother to the turf horse Stage Call. His dam is a half-sister to Thady Quill, and this family produced Balanchine and Romanov.

Dancingintheaisles (colt, out of Amizette, by Forty Niner). His dam, out of the legendary broodmare Courtly Dee, is a half-sister to eight stakes winners.

Finnegan (colt, out of Pleasant Performer, by Pleasant Colony). From prolific female family of Patelin and 2-year-old filly champion Pleasant Stage.

Foragoodcause (colt, out of Missy's Mirage, by Stop the Music). His multiple stakes-winning dam was a popular runner for trainer Allen Jerkens.

Giant Hope (colt, out of Hopespringsforever, by Mr. Prospector). A half-brother to Apollo Cat, Steady Cat and Union City. His dam is a full sister to Miswaki.

Giant Shift (colt, out of Downshift, by A.P. Indy). His second dam is Easy Goer's stakes-winning half-sister, Easy Now.

Giant Wrecker (colt, out of Homewrecker, by Buckaroo). He is half-brother to four stakes winners: Prenup, Cat's at Home, Honor the Hero, and Capitalimprovement, as well as the dam of Yonaguska.

Jewel of the Night (filly, out of Jeweled Lady, by General Meeting). Her dam is a full sister to General Challenge and Western Hemisphere, and a half to Notable Career.

Just Cause (colt, out of Angelica Tree, by Time for a Change). His dam is a half-sister to Sligo Bay, and his second dam is a full sister to Devil's Bag, Saint Ballado, and Glorious Song.

Morning Raider (colt, out of Antics, by Unbridled). His second dam is the stakes winner Aurora, a daughter of champion Althea.

My Typhoon (filly, out of Urban Sea, by Miswaki). She is a half-sister to group 1 winner Galileo, and her dam won the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Zurich (colt, out of Utr, by Mr. Prospector). Trained by Bill Mott, he finished eighth in his career debut at Belmont Park on July 7 in a six-furlong turf race. His female family is that of stakes winner Al Bahathri, Chain Store, and Geraldine's Store.

Like most sons of Storm Cat, Giant's Causeway has offspring who should have good speed and be versatile, winning on all surfaces.

Bred to high quality mares, he has offspring who can be expected to get better with maturity and distance. Storm Cat, Rahy (Blushing Groom), and Roberto up close in his pedigree strongly suggest that while his runners should win on dirt, they should ultimately prove best on grass, and the sires of the mares he was bred to will help determine their surface preference.