Incoming Yarradale Stud shuttler Frost Giant sired another winner from his first-crop in New York on Sunday.
Frosty But Funky (3f Frost Giant – Gree Lee Dee by Mr. Greeley) scored a front-running victory over 1200m at Aqueduct. Jockey Channing Hill sent her three lengths clear at the furlong and she had enough in reserve to narrowly defeat the fast-finishing A Prettydixie (Dixie Union).
The precocious filly was resuming off a 10 week break followed a midfield debut at Aqueduct on January 5. She is trained by Gary Gullo for Funky Munky Stable’s Richie Munk who manages numerous racing and harness syndicates.
“We have over 250 clients including cops, a retired parks supervisor, a grandmother and an atomic lab researcher,” Munk said. “They’re from all ages groups and we put our horses where they have the best chance to make money.”
Frosty But Funky is a younger half-sister to New York winner Authentic Shot (Officer). Their dam has a 2yo colt from the first crop of G3 Gulfstream Park winner Noonmark (Unbridled’s Song).
Frost Giant is a Group 1 winning son of champion sire Giant’s Causeway and he will shuttle from Keane Stud to Yarradale for the first time in 2013. He sired 12 individual winners from 15 starters last year for earnings over $840,000.
His three year-olds are already up and running this term with black-type placings from West Hills Giant (G3 Gotham Stakes), Giant Finish (LR John Battaglia Memorial) and Kelli Got Frosty (LR Beru Stakes).
West Hills Giant is trained by John Terranova and he earned 20 points in the new “Road to the Kentucky Derby” qualifying system in the Gotham. His next assignment on the Triple Crown trail is the G1 Wood Memorial (1800m) at Aqueduct April 6.
– Karl Patterson
WEST HILLS GIANT
Frost Giant three year-old is on the Triple Crown trail