Dirt Mile Division
Giant Expectations lived up to his lofty name August 26 at Del Mar, annexing the Pat O'Brien Stakes and earned high praise from his Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens. The 4-year-old colt by Frost Giant had just broke his maiden in his seventh start this past May at Belmont.
“He's a bulldog,” Stevens said after the stakes win. “I rode him last time and he ran great. I thought he was sitting on something big. He showed it today.”
In the Pat O'Brien, Giant Expectations, trained by Peter Eurton, was well back and wide during the early going. Stevens got him in gear in the turn, and the chestnut kept on coming, passing Calculator in the final sixteenth to score by a length and a half. He ran the seven furlongs in 1:21.08.
The victory secured Giant Expectations a slot in the Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) as a part of the “Win and You're In” Challenge Series.
Even though it took the colt awhile to break his maiden, he ran well in his prior starts, including running second to none other than superhorse Arrogate last June at Santa Anita.
“He broke sharp and he was right in it,” said Stevens of the O'Brien score. “I used one of his gears a little earlier than I wanted to get position. There was some jockeying going on out there, especially between [Kent] Desormeaux [on Silent Bird] and me. We were going in and out, but my horse loved it (the competition).”
Giant Expectations was a $135,000 purchase as a two-year-old in-training at Ocala in 2015 and has now earned $253,200.