Giant Gizmo

Giant's Causeway - Golden Antigua, by Hansel , 16.1 hands

Canada's #1 APEX Sire

  • Canada's #1 sire by 'A Runner Index' 
  • Canada's #1 sire by Lifetime AEI
  • Top 5 Sire in Canada 4 straight years
  • Starters average over $80,000
  • Recent SHs include Where's the Widget & multiple Classic-placed Cooler Mike
  • Sire of 2 Classic winners in first 3 crops
  • Sire of Champion & Classic winner Amis Gizmo ($800,022)
  • Sire of Graded & Classic winner Brooklynsway ($724,597)
  • Other top runners include record-setting SW Freitag
  • 13% blacktype horses/starters
  • Multiple Graded winner of over $500,000
  • Canada's most accomplished son of 3X champion sire Giant's Causeway
Giant Gizmo Giant's Causeway Storm Cat Storm Bird
Mariah's Storm Rahy
Golden Antiqua
Hansel Woodman
Count on Bonnie
Greinette Greinton

Keen Gizmo -Steady Growth S.
Jurojin - Kingarvie S.
Ruth Less Blue - Vandal S.
Brooklynsway - Princess Elizabeth S.
Freitag - Sir Barton S. (NTR)
Amis Gizmo - Ontario Derby (G3) (NTR)
Spin the King - Clarendon S.
Amis Gizmo - Bull Page S.
Amis Gizmo - Simcoe S.
Brooklynsway - Doubledogdare S. (G3)
Brooklynsway - Bison City S.
Where's the Widget - Steady Growth S.
Race Record
Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
2 2 1 0 0 $35,357
3 5 2 1 1 $94,632
4 4 3 0 0 $378,696
Totals 11 6 1 1 $508,685

At 2


  • Maiden Special, by 3 3/4 lengths at Woodbine

At 4


  • Alysheba S. -G3
  • Lone Star Park H. -G3


A 'Keen' New Stakes Winner for Giant Gizmo

Keen Gizmo, bred and owned by Ivan Dalos (Tall Oaks Farms), made his third Steady Growth Stakes...

Keen Gizmo, bred and owned by Ivan Dalos (Tall Oaks Farms), made his third Steady Growth Stakes appearance his most memorable one, winning impressively in Holiday Monday’s $125,000 feature, at Woodbine.

Watch the Steady Growth Stakes

The six-year-old multiple stakes placed son of Giant Gizmo, bred in Ontario, finished second in the 1 1/16-mile main track stake in 2015 and seventh last year.

On Monday, he broke through with a flawless effort that yielded his first added-money score.

Eurico Rosa da Silva put defending champ Where’s the Widget (also by Giant Gizmo) in front from the get-go, as Nipigon kept pace to the outside, while Keen Gizmo, under Luis Contreras, tracked from third. The lead duo took the field through an opening quarter-mile in :24.53 and were still in front after a half-mile clocked in :48.43.

With his rivals turning up the pressure through the turn for home, Where’s the Widget began to fade, as Keen Gizmo struck front, going on to a 1 ¼-length victory in the 16th running of the Steady Growth, stopping the clock in a final time of 1:42.73.

It was fifth career win for the chestnut, who now has 16 top-three finishes from 24 starts and earnings of $336,423.

Contreras was relieved to see the quirky six-year-old gelding put together a giant effort in the Steady Growth.

“This horse always tries,” said the veteran rider. “But he’s one of the most difficult horses to ride. I just wanted to stay close to the pace. He likes to switch his leads a lot, so he loses his momentum sometimes.”

Today, it wasn’t an issue. 

“We’ve had a lot of confidence in this horse over the years,” said winning trainer Josie Carroll. “He’s his own worst enemy. He’s not a very focused horse and he’s always doing something silly where we miss races. Finally, he’s put it all together and done his job.”

Is he getting better with age?

“He was today,” quipped Carroll. 

Dalos was equally enthused with the mistake-free showing.

“He definitely has a lot of idiosyncrasies,” offered Dalos. “You just have to keep your fingers crossed that you get a good ride and nothing goes wrong for him.”

-edited from, photo by Michael Burns

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Top Runners
Giant Gizmo has sired:
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Giant Gizmo has sired:
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AMIS GIZMO - $800,022
(dam by Victory Gallop)
Champion 3YO in Canada
Sovereign Award finalist, 2yo Male

1st Ontario Derby G3 (9F, AW) NTR
 Prince of Wales S. (9.5F, Dirt)
1st Plate Trial S. (9F, AW)
1st Kingarvie S. (8.5F, AW)
1st Frost King S. (7F, AW)
2nd Queen's Plate S. (10F, AW), etc.

(dam by Radio Star)
Sovereign Award finalist, 2yo Female
Sovereign Award finalist, 3yo Female
1st Doubledogdare S. G3 (8.5F, Dirt)
1st Bison City S. (8.5F, AW)
1st Algoma S. (8.5F, AW)
1st Muskoka S. (6.5F, AW)
2nd Fleur de Lis H. G2 (9F, Dirt) 
3rd Arlington Matron S. G3 (9F, AW), etc.

(dam by Valid Expectations)
1st Steady Growth S. (8.5F, AW) by 8 lengths
1st Bunty Lawless S. (8F, Turf), etc.

FREITAG - $490,232
(dam by Regal Classic)
1st Sir Barton S. (8.5F, AW) new track record
2nd Durham Cup S. G3 (9F, AW)
2nd Steady Growth S. (8.5F, AW)
2nd Sir Barton S. (8.5F, AW), etc.

KEEN GIZMO - $382,275
(dam by Victory Gallop)
1st Steady Growth S. (8.5F, AW)
2nd Victoria Park S. (9F, AW)
2nd Steady Growth S. (8.5F, AW), etc.

SPIN THE KING - $369,737
(dam by Bold Executive)
1st Clarendon S. (5.5F, AW)
2nd Bold Ruckus S. (6F, Turf)
3rd Kingarvie S., etc. (8.5F, Turf)

- $245,860
(dam by Lemon Drop Kid)
1st Vandal S. (6F, AW)
2nd Clarendon S. (5.5F, AW)
3rd Bull Page S. (6.5F, AW), etc.

JUROJIN - $114,910
1st Kingarvie S. (8.5F, AW)

Cooler Mike - $314,284
(dam by Bold Executive)
2nd Simcoe S. (6.5F, AW)
2nd Steady Growth S. (8.5F, AW)
3rd Queen's Plate (10F, AW)
3rd Prince of Wales S. (9.5F, Dirt)

Ethical Funds - $294,473
(dam by Victory Gallop)
3rd Valedictory S. G3 (14F, AW) twice
3rd Simcoe S. (6.5F, AW)

Splashy Gizmo - $239,996
(dam by Pikepass)
2nd Fanfreluche S. (6F, AW)
2nd Ontario Lassie S. (8.5F, AW)

Nevaeh's Valentine - $223,748
(dam by Jacksonport)
3rd Sir Barton S. (8.5F, AW)

Fresh Princess - $126,899
(dam by Royal Academy)
2nd Passing Mood S. (7F, Turf)
3rd Algoma S. (8.5F, AW)

Royal Laser - $112,882
(dam by Green Dancer)
2nd Vice Regent S. (8F, Turf)
3rd Frost King S. (7F, AW)

Blu Without You - $66,065
(dam by Lemon Drop Kid)
3rd Simcoe S. (6.5F, AW)

Happy is Lucky 
(dam by Tethra)
3rd Ontario Debutante (6F, AW)


Progeny Photo Gallery Mating Recommendations

Updated October 9, 2018 

Mares from the Fappiano branch of the Mr. Prospector line are working predictably well with Giant Gizmo. From just four starters, he’s sired Classic/graded winner Amis Gizmo, SW Keen Ice and GSP Ethical Funds out of mares by Victory Gallop, a son of the Fappiano stallion Cryptoclearance.

This pattern figured to be a powerful for Giant Gizmo based on the success of the larger Giant’s Causeway/Fappiano cross that's produced over 25 stakes winners and three Grade 1 winners. Unbridled's Song is the damsire of seven of those making his daughters and granddaughters attractive for Giant Gizmo. Mares by other Unbridled-line stallions like Broken Vow, Empire Maker, Pioneerof the Nile, Grindstone, Birdstone, Summer Bird, and daughters and granddaughters of the Cryptoclearance grandson Candy Ride, can also be considered prime targets.

Victory Gallop is out of a mare by Vice Regent, an influence found in nearly 50% Giant Gizmo’s stakes horses. SP Freitag is out of a mare by the Vice Regent son Regal Classic, also the second damsire of GSP Ethical Funds (the dam of that runner carries a double of Vice Regent). This put mares showing Marquetry in play as he too is bred on the Mr. Prospector/Vice Regent cross. Silver Deputy is bred Vice Regent over Mr. Prospector and we find his influence in SP Splashy Gizmo’s second damline. Daughters and granddaughters of Awesome Again (by Deputy Minister, second dam by Mr. Prospector) should also go well with Giant Gizmo.

Giant Gizmo has done well with another important Canadian influence, that of Bold Ruckus. From 9 starters out of the Bold Ruckus son Bold Executive he’s sired SW Spin the King and Cooler Mike, dual Classic-placed in 2018. Bold Ruckus is also found in the third damline of the mare Luna Blu, dam of a pair of blacktype runners by Giant Gizmo.

Giant Gizmo has had success with the Forty Niner branch of the Mr. Prospector tree. SP Splashy Gizmo is out of a mare by the Forty Niner son Pikepass while the second dam of Classic/graded winner Brooklynsway is by another Forty Niner stallion, Editor’s Note.

SW Ruth Less Blue and his stakes-placed full sibling Blu Without You are out of a mare by Lemon Drop Kid, a son of Kingmambo. The larger Giant's Causeway/Kingmambo cross has yielded at least 18 other stakes winners, four of them at the Grade 1 level.

Other Mr. Prospector-line strains that have done well with Giant’s Causeway and his sons include Seeking the Gold, Gone West, Thunder Gulch and Machiavellian.

Reinforcing the Storm Bird influence has paid dividends for Giant Gizmo. Classic & Graded winner Brooklynsway is out of a mare by the Storm Cat son Radio Star and is among the over 115 total stakes winners inbred to Storm Cat so far (within four generations). We also find a double of Storm Bird in SP Splashy Gizmo’s pedigree.

Nijinsky II, who’s bred similarly to Storm Bird, is the grandsire of a pair of good ones by Giant Gizmo - SP Fresh Princess out of a mare by Royal Academy and 2018 SP Royal Laser out of a daughter of Green Dancer.

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