Frost Giant filly Perfect Landing launched her career with an on-pace victory over 1200 metres on Saturday evening.
Perfect Landing (3f Frost Giant – Fancy Landing by Formal Gold) sat three-wide before ranging up to the leaders Power Of Snunner and Easy A leaving the back straight. She drew clear and then had enough in reserve to score by two lengths on debut in Pennsylvania.
Frost Giant now sits in sixth position between Street Boss and War Pass on the North American second-season sires’ table. The Group 1 winning son of Giant’s Causeway will shuttle to Yarradale Stud for the first time in 2013.
Perfect Landing is trained by Todd Beattie for owner Dennis Sweigart and is from an unraced half-sister to LR Lone Star Futurity winner El Sancho (Alwuhush). Second dam Land Running (Assault Landing) was a LR winner of the Laurel Jameela Stakes.
Perfect Landing was bred by Richard Bosshard and she has a yearling half-sister from the first crop of Tale of Ekati. He was a G1 winner of the Wood Memorial and Cigar Mile at Aqueduct and, like Frost Giant, is a grandson of Storm Cat.
Frost Giant flag-bearer West Hills Giant will have his next lead-up for the Kentucky Derby in either the G1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 6 or the G1 Blue Grass Stakes in Keeneland a week later. He is sitting at No.15 on the qualifying list for the Run for the Roses.
Giant Finish is another Frost Giant colt on the Triple Crown trail after his solid third in the G3 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on Saturday. It was worth 10 points in the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” points standings.
Trainer Tony Dutrow said it was “highly likely” the owners will pay a late nomination for the Kentucky Derby. Giant Finish is currently No.24 on the qualifying list for the Churchill Downs classic on May 4.
– Karl Patterson