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Gio Ponti (horse)

Gio Ponti
Sire Tale of the Cat
Dam Chipeta Springs
Grandsire Storm Cat
Damsire Alydar
Gender Stallion
Foaled 2005
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Kilboy Estate
Owner Castleton Lyons
Trainer Christophe Clement
Record 16: 9-4-0
Earnings $3,153,800
Summary
Gio Ponti is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Chipeta Springs by Tale of the Cat. He was born around 2005 in the United States, and was bred by Kilboy Estate.
Major wins
Bourbon Stakes (2007)
Hill Prince Stakes (2008)
Sir Beaufort Stakes (2008)
Virginia Derby (2008)
Manhattan Handicap (2009)
Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap (2009)
Man o' War Stakes (2009)
Arlington Million (2009)
Awards
American Champion Male Turf Horse (2009)
American Champion Older Male Horse (2009)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on March 25, 2010

Gio Ponti (foaled Feb 28, 2005 in Kentucky) is a United States race horse and a specialist on the turf course. He was sired by Tale of the Cat, a son of Storm Cat, out of the stakes-placed Alydar mare Chipeta Springs, making him half-brother to stakes-winner Fisher Pond. Gio Ponti is owned by Castleton Lyons and he is trained by Christophe Clement.

Racing career

Gio Ponti had a slow start as a two year old, winning only one race, the Bourbon Stakes, in his second start. After an unplaced effort in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, he was given time off, and came back as a three year old to win the Hill Prince Stakes, the Sir Beaufort Stakes and the Virginia Derby.

The bay colt dominated his four year old campaign, winning four consecutive Grade One races: the Manhattan Handicap, the Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap, the Man o' War Stakes, and the Arlington Million, thus making him one of the favorites for the Breeders' Cup Turf. After a stunning upset[1] in the Turf Classic Invitational, his owners decided to point him towards the Breeders' Cup Classic instead, which was run at a more favorable distance of 1 1/4 mile, as opposed to the Turf's 1 1/2 mile distance. Although he ran a winning race, he was beaten by the undefeated mare Zenyatta. [2]

Shortly after the Breeders' Cup Classic, Gio Ponti's connections announced he would remain in training for 2010 and be pointed toward the Dubai World Cup However, after having a good ride till the stretch, he was boxed in and had to go into the far outside, earning fourth.[3]

References

  1. "Interpatation Beats Gio Ponti". Daily Racing Form. 2009-10-3. http://www.drf.com/news/article/107812.html. 
  2. "It's All Zenyatta in the BC Classic". Bloodhorse. 2009-11-7. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/53354/its-all-zenyatta-in-the-bc-classic. 
  3. "Gio Ponti to Race in 2010". Bloodhorse. 2009-11-13. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/53444/gio-ponti-to-race-in-2010. 



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