Gift Box is a Grade 1 and three-time graded stakes winner with a record of 18-6-6-2 from the ages of two to six. In 2019, Gift Box was among the leading older horses in America after a string of graded stakes performances that included a Grade 1 victory in the Santa Anita Handicap. He joins his sire and his grandsire Candy Ride at Lane’s End.
Bred by Craig and Carrie Brogden of Machmer Hall, Gift Box was a $135,000 Fasig-Tipton November foal purchase. He is out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Special Me, who has proven an excellent producer. Special Me's daughter Gina Romantica bolstered the pedigree with a win in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) in 2022, and Special Me is also the dam of graded stakes winners Stonetastic and Special Forces. Gift Box's pedigree is free of Storm Cat and A.P. Indy which will be appealing to breeders as both have been a proven success with Candy Ride and Twirling Candy, producing the likes of Grade 1 winner Collusion Illusion.
Look for the Grade 1 winner's first yearlings this year.