01/11/2008 12:00AM

Highcliff adds some giant potential


Stonesider, a young horse by Giant's Causeway who showed high potential in his brief career, has retired to stud at Carl Lizza's and Joe Bartone's Highcliff Farm in Delanson, N.Y.

His fee for the 2008 breeding season is $3,000, live foal.

The 5-year-old Stonesider is the property of the Stonerside Stable of Janice and Robert McNair of Houston, Texas.

Stonesider raced just once, as a 2-year-old in the barn of trainer Todd Pletcher, before an injury prematurely ended his racing career. He won at Belmont Park over a field that included future Grade 1 winner Flashy Bull.

"We're very pleased to be sending Stonesider to Highcliff Farm," said John Adger, racing and bloodstock manager for Stonerside Stable. Highcliff Farm is managed by resident veterinarian Dr. Lynwood O'Cain and his wife, Suzie.

"The O'Cains are a great team, and have done an excellent job with Highcliff's other stallions over the years," said Adger.

Stonesider is from the first American crop of Giant's Causeway, the Storm Cat stallion who has gotten Grade 1 winners Shamardal, Aragorn, First Samurai, My Typhoon, and others from his first few crops to race.

Giant's Causeway, a multiple Group 1 winner in Europe with earnings of more than $3 million, finished second in the Breeders' Cup Classic in 2000 to Tiznow.

Stonesider is out of Added Gold, a daughter of Gilded Time who won the Grade 2 Black Eyed Susan Stakes. Added Gold is out of Added Elegance, winner of the Grade 3 Forward Gal Stakes.

Yet another graded winner in Stonesider's immediate family is Added Elegance's daughter Added Asset, winner of the Grade 3 Arlington Heights Oaks.

The family continues on with yet another producing daughter of Added Elegance, Added Time. Added Time is the dam of Irish Smoke, winner of the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes.

"Had Stonesider been able to reach his predicted Grade 1 stakes potential, we would not have been given this opportunity to stand him at Highcliff Farm," said Suzie O'Cain. "Being by Giant's Causeway, who is viewed as the next sire of sires, out of a graded-stakes-winning dam, Stonesider should be a great addition to the New York breeding program."

Highcliff Farm also stands Key to Contender, Maybry's Boy, Millennium Wind, Stanislavsky, Talk Is Money, and Western Expression.

Stonerside Stable is the breeding and racing operation of the McNairs. The Paris, Ky., farm has bred and raised 34 stakes winners, including Congaree, Country Star, Van Nistelrooy, The Cliff's Edge, and Bob and John.

Open stakes score for Giant Moon

Speaking of Giant's Causeway, his New York-bred son Giant Moon could be developing into a colt with potential as the classics trail gets under way.

Racing for Albert Fried Jr. and trainer Richard Schosberg, he remained unbeaten in four starts with a clever tally in the Count Fleet Stakes last weekend at Aqueduct.

The Count Fleet was his first venture into open company. Giant Moon had previously won the Sleepy Hollow and Damon Runyon stakes in restricted company.

Bred by Fried at his Buttonwood Farm in Rhinebeck, Giant Moon sent his earnings to $184,785. He is out of Moonlightandbeauty (by Capote), also campaigned by Fried and Schosberg.

Moonlightandbeauty is a daughter of Stolen Beauty, winner of the Grade 2 Demoiselle Stakes in 1991 for Fried. Stolen Beauty's half-brother, Finality, won the Grade 2 Jamaica Handicap and was Canada's leading freshman sire for 2007.

The Count Fleet was a 1-2 affair for New York-breds, as Spanky Fischbein finished second to Giant Moon.

Smooth Jazz has Grade 2 stakes winner

New York stallion Smooth Jazz, who stands at Buckridge Farm in Kinderhook, is the sire of Smooth Air, winner of the Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes last weekend at Gulfstream Park.

Smooth Air sent his career earnings to $165,500 with a record of 3-1-1 from 5 starts.

Smooth Jazz, a son of Storm Boot, won the Grade 2 Commonwealth Breeders' Cup. He is from the family of major turf stakes winners Royal Chariot and Future Storm. Smooth Air is from his first crop to race.