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Nov 24 2012 Demoiselle Stakes Aqueduct II 1 1/8 M 3 REPLAY


Thomas Albertrani


Tom Albertrani comes from a horse racing family, his brother Luis trained Breeder's Cup Sprint winner Artax. Tom was introduced to racing at age 13 by an Uncle who was a trainer at Belmont Park. After learning the ropes around the barn Tom became a jockey and continued in that role for 6 years before taking a job as an assistant trainer. He worked for Mark Casse in that role until he met up with Hall Of Fame trainer Bill Mott in 1986 to take over as his top assistant in New York. During that time he was around such great horses as Theatrical and Cigar. In 1995 Godolphin Racing hired him to go to Dubai and be the assistant to their head trainer, Saeed Bin Suroor where he was involved with the campaigns of such stars as Street Cry and Daylami. He returned to the states and began training his own public stable. Top runners include 2006 Preakness Stakes winner, Bernardini, Balletto, Gossip Girl and Brilliant Speed.

Live Oak Plantation


Charlotte Weber is the owner of Live Oak Plantation and was introduced to horse racing at a very young age by family members. She is the granddaughter of the Campbell Soup founder, John T. Dorrance, and one of the heirs to the company’s fortune. In 2005 she was honored with the Penny Chenery Most Distinguished Woman in Racing Award. Charlotte’s, Live Oak Stud, a 4500 acre breeding operation in Ocala Florida, has had offspring that have won at least $1 million in earnings for the past decade. Top horses include Breeders Cup Turf Mile winner, Miesque's Approval, Grade 1 winners To Honor and Serve, Brilliant Speed and Sultry Song to name a few. Charlotte Weber splits her time between her homes in Ocala, Florida; Hobe Sound, Florida; Saratoga Springs, New York; and New York City.


Giant's Causeway--Unreal Cat, by Unreal Zeal

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Giant Cats Eye made her first three starts on turf last year in New York before finally breaking her maiden in an off-the-turf contest at Belmont Park by 4 ¾ lengths.

Her dam, the Unreal Zeal mare Unreal Cat, went back and forth between turf and dirt, but also didn’t break her maiden until going in an off-the-turf maiden, this time scoring by 16 ¼ lengths at Mountaineer Park.

Giant Cats Eye’s sire, Giant’s Causeway, suffered no such problems when taking his first four races, including a Group 1 in France. He captured six total Group 1s during his time on track and nearly upset the 2000 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in his first start on dirt when just missing by a quarter-length to Horse of the Year and top sire Tiznow.

Giant’s Causeway has joined Tiznow as a leading sire, responsible for such runners as fellow Grade 1-winning stallion Aragorn, and European champion and French classic winner Shamardal, just to name two.

The female family of Giant’s Causeway contains such notable names as champion Dearly Precious.

Giant Cats Eye is a half-sister to stakes winner Cat Tour, while Unreal Cat herself counts Grade 2 hero Tour of the Cat and Grade 3 victress Cat on Tour as half-siblings.

This female line also boasts champion Family Style, who ran third against the boys in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby before just missing by a neck when third in the 1986 Kentucky Oaks; influential classic-winning sire Editor’s Note; prominent Grade 1-scoring stallion Hennessy; and European champion sire Hold That Tiger. 

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