Gio Ponti (horse)
|Sire||Tale of the Cat|
|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, 2010)
Arlington Million (2009)
Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes (2010, 2011)
|American Champion Male Turf Horse (2009, 2010)
American Champion Older Male Horse (2009)
|Last updated on March 25, 2010|
Gio Ponti (foaled February 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, trained by Christophe Clement,
Named for a well-known Italian artist and architect, Gio Ponti became one of the best American turf horses of all time. He began racing in the silks of Shane Ryan's Castleton Lyons Farm under Trainer Christophe Clement and broke his maiden in his first start as a two-year-old at Belmont Park, winning by 2½ lengths. He was then was entered in the Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland in his second start, where he scored the first stakes win of his career. After an unplaced effort in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, he was given time off to prepare for his 3 year old campaign.
As a 3 year old, Gio Ponti gained graded stakes success in the G3 Hill Prince Stakes at Belmont, the G2 Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs, and the G3 Sir Beaufort Stakes at Santa Anita. He was also runner up in the G2 Del Mar Derby at Del Mar and the G2 Jamaica Handicap at Belmont. By the end of his three-year-old year he had $820,800 in career earnings over the turf and synthetic surfaces.
At age 4, the bay colt won four consecutive Grade One races: the Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap, the Manhattan 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 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 1¼ miles, as opposed to the Turf's 1½ mile distance. However, Gio Ponti lost to the undefeated mare Zenyatta.
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. He started the year with a second in the Tampa Bay stakes. In the Dubai World Cup, he was boxed in and then went to the far outside, earning fourth.
In 2010, Gio Ponti first raced at Belmont Park, where he was second in the Manhattan Handicap, and first in the Man O' War Stakes. He then ran in the Arlington Million but lost to Debussy. At Keeneland Racetrack in Lexington, Kentucky, under jockey Ramon A. Dominguez he won the Shadwell Turf Mile, earning a spot in the Breeders Cup with a "Win and You're In" race title. In the 2010 Breeders' Cup Mile, Gio Ponti ran second to the mare Goldikova. As Clement once put it, "He is very well educated - ladies first." His efforts earned him the title of Eclipse Male Turf champion for the second straight year.
In 2011, Gio Ponti won the Grade 1 Shadwell Mile, finished second in the Arlington Million and Man O' War, and ran fourth in his fourth Breeder's Cup start, this time in the Mile. He earned 6.1 million dollars in 28 starts, making him one of the richest Thoroughbreds in America of all time.
Tale of the Cat
|Storm Cat||Storm Bird||Northern Dancer|
|Yarn||Mr. Prospector||Raise A Native|
|Alydar||Raise A Native||Native Dancer|
|Salt Spring (ARG)||Salt Marsh||Tom Rolfe|
|Jungle Mythologic (ARG)||Mount Athos (GB)|
|Jungle Queen (ARG)|
- "Clement Racing Stable".
- "Interpatation Beats Gio Ponti". Daily Racing Form. 2009-10-03.
- "It's All Zenyatta in the BC Classic". Bloodhorse. 2009-11-07.
- h"Gio Ponti to Race in 2010". Bloodhorse. 2009-11-13.