Repole’s Giant Surprise to stand at Vinery New York

by | 10.05.2011 | 12:08pm

Mike Repole's impressive 4 1/4 length Saratoga maiden winner, Giant Surprise will stand at Vinery New York at Sugar Maple for the 2012 stallion season it was announced today.

The Giants Causeway colt (out of Twisted Sis, By A.P. Indy) broke his maiden at the prestigious Saratoga summer meet July 30, garnering him a 90 Beyer Speed Figure for his impressive debut effort.

Following the colt's win it was discovered that he sustained a non-displaced, condylar fracture to his left foreleg during the race, making his win that much more impressive.  The subsequent surgery to repair the injury was successful and he will now have a bright future as a stallion in the New York Breeder's program.


“Giant Surprise was training as well as any of my top two year olds this year,” said trainer Todd Pletcher.  He is a great looking colt, with great conformation and a pedigree that was really meant for the classic distances. I was amazed at the early speed he showed in training and in his impressive win.”

 “I am very excited about Giant Surprise to stand in New York and support the New York Breeders' program,” said Repole. “He has a great pedigree and would have had unlimited potential.. I will support him with my own mares and am very excited about the future of the New York Breeders' program and the future of the Giant Surprise future foals.  I am so excited about the future prospect of racing in New York and in the NY Breeders' program that I've also become a minority partner of Bluegrass Cat, who will also be standing at Vinery New York. ”

“We here at Vinery NY are thrilled about our partnership with Giant Surprise and Mike Repole,” said Tom Ludt, President of Vinery, Ltd.  “We are very excited about the NY Breeders' program and to bring in an incredibly proven stallion like Bluegrass Cat and an impeccably bred horse like Giant Surprise, who had tons of potential after his ultra impressive maiden win at Saratoga, is great for New York.  Vinery is committed to improving and supporting the NY Breeders' program.”

 Giant Surprise will be standing for a $3,500 stud fee for his 2012 breeding season.

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