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Giant's Causeway Adds US Gr3

Monday, 9th May 2011

Former shuttler Giant's Causeway (Storm Cat-Mariah's Storm, by Rahy) added a US graded-stakes success when 5YO entire Straight Story (Giant's Causeway-Eventail, by Lear Fan) scored by a neck in the US$98,000 Gr3 Fort Marcy Handicap (8.5 furlongs on turf) at Belmont Park in New York. Straight Story (ridden by Carlos Marquez for trainer Alan Goldberg) defeated 4YO gelding Hudson Steele (Johannesburg-Strike The Sky, by Smart Strike) & fellow 5YO entire Sal The Barber (Alphabet Soup-Alya, by Deputy Minister). Straight Story (a US$400,000 yearling at the 2007 Keeneland September Sale) took his record to 6 wins (also including 2010's Listed West Point Stakes over 9 furlongs at Saratoga) & 6 runners-up (including 2010's Listed Mohawk Handicap over 9 furlongs at Belmont Park, plus 2009's Gr1 Jamaica Handicap over 9 furlongs at Belmont Park, Gr2 Virginia Derby over 10 furlongs at Colonial Downs, Gr2 Colonial Turf Cup Stakes over 9.5 furlongs at Colonial Downs & Listed Ashley Cole Handicap over 9 furlongs at Belmont Park) from 18 starts for US$641,778 earnings.

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