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John Terranova II

Trainer

Terranova learned about horses from his father who owned horse for many years. While attending Boston College, Terranvoa decided to take a leave of absence to become an assistant trainer and never returned to school. He took out his training license in 1993 and began training for Team Valor in 1998 for whom he won the Aqueduct Handicap for with Star of Valor. He has also trained top stakes horses, Laragh, Negilgee, Gander, Fanny Freud and Shadow Caster.

Long Island Racing Stables, Sunrise Stables, Bentivegna

Owner

Robert Castelli isa an American Security consultant, politician and professor. He is considered an expert in criminal justice and security matters and had a 21 year career in the NYPD prior to  the New York State Assembly.

Pedigree

West Hills Giant is from the first crop of Frost Giant, a regally-bred son of Giant's Causeway.

Frost Giant scored his two biggest career victories at 1 1/4 miles, in the 2008 Suburban Handicap on dirt and the 2006 Kilternan Stakes in Ireland on turf.

Off to a fast start at stud, Frost Giant has also sired Kelli Got Frosty, twice a stakes winner in New York-bred company, and Giant Finish, runner-up in the John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway.

West Hills Giant is the first foal from turf sprinter Outtawesthills, who won once from five starts.

Outtawesthills is a daughter of sprinter/miler Take Me Out. Hero of the seven-furlong King's Bishop in 1991, Take Me Out also set a 6 1/2-furlong track record at Churchill Downs. But he managed 1 1/8 miles well enough to land the Tropical Park Handicap and miss by a nose in the 1993 Clark Handicap.

Not a fashionable sire, Take Me Out was responsible for one major winner in Kimberlite Pipe, who took the 1999 Louisiana Derby and finished a creditable sixth in the Kentucky Derby.

West Hills Giant has no significant relatives in his immediate family. Further back, his great-great granddam (fourth dam in the maternal line) is Lilac Hill, heroine of the 1973 Cotillion Handicap. She is the ancestress of several stakes winners, including the sprinter Classic Olympio and her speedy daughters Classify and Simplify.

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