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Giant Run

Turf Runner

Ch.c., 2013, by Giant’s Causeway—Who Did It and Run, by Polish Numbers.
Bred by Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds; owned by Robert C. Baker and William L. Mack; trained by Tom Albertrani.
Foaled at Sycamore Hall Farm, Chesapeake City.

Richard Golden saw promise in Giant Run first hand during the colt’s early days at Sycamore Hall Farm in Chesapeake City, Md., and even more improvement as he approached the day he’d sell for $200,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale in 2014.

These days Golden follows the Giant’s Causeway colt’s progress from afar, perhaps even with an eye on landing the 2016 Maryland-bred champion 3-year-old and champion turf horse for a second career in the breeding shed.

“He obviously was a very nice foal and kept improving as he matured,” said Golden, who bred Giant Run out of his multiple graded stakes-winning Polish Numbers mare Who Did It and Run. “I am sure that he is even better looking right now. I think with that female family, I should try to buy him as a stallion when he retires.”

Giant Run is certainly on his way to establishing himself as a potential stallion prospect, going from a winless maiden as a 2-year-old to a three-time stakes winner and two-time graded stakes competitor as a 3-year-old with an even bigger upside approaching his 4-year-old campaign.

Giant Run started his career with three fifths and a second at 2 – the lone placing coming in his only start on turf that year – before finding a permanent home on the grass for trainer Tom Albertrani and owners Bill Mack and Robert Baker. The switch to turf translated into victories, the first coming the second day of 2016 when Giant Run defeated eventual multiple graded stakes winner Inspector Lynley in a maiden race at Gulfstream Park.

The first graded stakes-placing came in his next start, a second behind Converge in the Palm Beach-G3 at Gulfstream, and the first stakes win a month later in his next start in the $75,000 Cutler Bay again at Gulfstream. By the end of the season Giant Run won five times, placed second twice and third once to earn $399,340.

“He broke his maiden at Gulfstream on the turf in January of 2016. When he did that, I was very encouraged because it is not easy to win on the turf at Gulfstream during the winter,” Golden said. “When he was second in the Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream, I was very impressed with the company he had to compete with.

“He is still learning how to run. By that I mean, does he want to come from off of the pace or run with the pacesetters? He has earned over $400,000 and he just turned 4.”

Giant Run, working steadily for Albertrani at Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida, is the latest successful runner produced by Who Did It and Run. The four-time stakes winner took the 1998 Jersey Derby-G2 over males and Reeve Schley Jr.-G3 as a 3-year-old. As a broodmare, she is the dam of eight winners from nine starters.

Who Did It and Run’s second foal, the Cozzene filly Who’s Cozy, won for Golden and placed in three stakes, including a third in the 2005 Lake George-G3 at Saratoga, and is the dam of Golden’s stakes winner Who’s in Town. Giant Run is Who Did It and Run’s ninth of 11 foals and one of four to sell for six figures as a yearling. He's her richest runner, having banked $419,480 from 14 starts. Who Did It and Run is the dam of an unraced 3-year-old filly by Not For Love named Worthy of Love and a 2-year-old full-brother to Giant Run named El Commendatore. She delivered what Golden said was a “beautiful Great Notion filly” Feb. 9. She was bred to that stallion at nearby Northview Stallion Station by design and will return to him this year.

“She turned 22 this year . . . Right now the plan is to breed her back to him. We do not want to ship her anymore.”

Tom Law

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