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First Samurai

First Samurai
Sire Giant's Causeway
Dam Freddie Frisson
Grandsire Storm Cat
Damsire Dixieland Band
Gender Stallion
Foaled 2003
Country United States
Color Chestnut
Breeder John D. Gunther
Owner Bruce Lunsford & Lansdon B. Robbins III
Trainer Frank L. Brothers
Record 8: 5-1-1
Earnings $915,075
First Samurai is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Freddie Frisson by Giant's Causeway. He was born around 2003 in the United States, and was bred by John D. Gunther.
Major wins
Hopeful Stakes (2005)
Champagne Stakes (2005)
Fountain of Youth Stakes (2006)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on September 3, 2007

First Samurai is a thoroughbred race horse born February 2, 2003. He was a contender for the Triple Crown in 2006, but after his defeat due to a starting gate incident in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes he was ruled unlikely to race in the Kentucky Derby.[citation needed] Two weeks after the race, First Samurai was diagnosed with two broken ribs following an ultrasound. His entry was not submitted by the deadline for the Kentucky Derby, presumably due to his injury.



First Samurai is owned by Bruce Lunsford and Lansdon B. Robbins III and is trained by Frank Brothers. He has been ridden by Pat Day and Jerry Bailey, both jockeys now retired, and the still racing Edgar Prado. First Samurai was bred in Kentucky by John D. Gunther.


First Samurai is the son of Giant's Causeway who is the son of Storm Cat. His breeding line includes such notable horses as Secretariat, Bold Ruler, Mr. Prospector, Northern Dancer, Native Dancer, Dr. Fager, and Graustark. First Samurai was one of the best juveniles of his year, winning the Champagne (gr. I) and Hopeful (gr. I) Stakes in New York. He is out of the stakes-winning Dixieland Band mare, Freddie Frisson.


Finish Race Distance Track Condition
5th Blue Grass Stakes One and One-Eighth Miles Keeneland Race Course Fast
1st (by disqualification) Fountain of Youth Stakes One and One-Eighth Miles Gulfstream Park Fast
2nd Hutcheson Stakes Seven and One-Half Furlongs Gulfstream Park Sloppy
3rd Breeders' Cup Juvenile One and One-Sixteenth Miles Belmont Park Fast
1st Champagne Stakes One Mile Belmont Park Sloppy (Sealed)
1st Hopeful Stakes Seven Furlongs Saratoga Race Course Fast
1st Allowance Six Furlongs Saratoga Race Course Fast
1st Maiden Six Furlongs Churchill Downs Fast

In his career, cut short by injury, he started 8 times, winning 5 , placing in 1, and showing in 1. He earned almost a million dollars, to be precise: $915,075

Standing at stud

First Samurai stands at stud at the Hancock Family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky. His starting fee in 2007 was $40,000 and he is standing with Claiborne's other stallions, among whom are: Pulpit, Seeking the Gold, During, Eddington, and Strong Hope.



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