Pensioned New York sire Frost Giant set for next career

Monday, February 1st, 2021

Pensioned New York sire Frost Giant will spend retirement at ReRun in East Greenbush. EquiSport Photo.

By Melissa Bauer-Herzog

Successful New York sire Frost Giant is preparing for a role heading into the 2021 breeding season – that of ambassador at ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption in East Greenbush after being pensioned from stud duty last month.

The sire of 17 stakes winners that include graded stakes winner Giant Expectations and multiple Australian stakes winner Valor Road, Frost Giant most recently stood at Irish Hill & Dutchess View Stallions in Stillwater. The 18-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway started his career at Vinery New York and shuttled to Australia and Chile for four seasons while also standing at Keane Stud during his career.

ReRun’s program director Lisa Molloy has the unofficial title of “Queen of the Frost Giants” due to how many of his foals have come through the program, but she never expected that the stallion would make his way there.

“I have always had a good relationship with [owner] Andy Cohen and he has always been very supportive of the program but even so, I was still surprised when he asked me,” Molloy said. “I have become known as the ‘Queen of the Frost Giants’ because of the amount that have come through the ReRun program, predominantly via NYTHA’s Take The Lead program that supports NYRA tracks.

“We have had tremendous success with those that we have retrained and placed – they are just so athletic and he really stamps them, there is no second guessing a Frost Giant. Anyone that knows me knows that West Hills Giant is one of my most favorite horses ever – he is just so smart, huge personality and what a performer. It’s very humbling to be entrusted with his sire, Frost Giant.”

Just like West Hills Giant, Frost Giant has already made his home at ReRun’s facility. Molloy was told by Irish Hill & Dutchess View Stallions’ Bill Leak that Frost Giant is a gentleman to be around and she quickly found out they couldn’t be more right. The horse was a little stressed coming off the van, but settled into his routine by the second day and is quickly getting down to the task of enjoying retirement.

While COVID-19 has shut down tours at ReRun, Frost Giant will be there to welcome visitors alongside West Hills Giant and successful New York-bred multiple stakes winners Saratoga Snacks and Fox Rules and others when tours reopen.

The stallion will stay intact but support the New York breeding flag in other ways – such as raising money for Thoroughbred aftercare.

“When you come to ReRun to see the horses, it’s a very personalized experience – very much a one-on-one tour,” she said. “It’s a great privilege to be able to show off the New York best of the best and let the fans get up close to them. Frost Giant will continue to wave the flag for New York breeding and racing. He may also like to show his artistic flair by painting a Moneigh for ReRun, which raises funds for horses in the program.”

Frost Giant won’t be available for adoption. ReRun adopts out many of his runners and other New York-breds who are looking for new homes after their racing careers.

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