Giant Expectations Out for Revenge in 2020 Debut
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By Emily Shields for TVG
The lone stakes race on the Del Mar card Saturday is the $150,000 Pat O’Brien Stakes (G2) for older sprinters. It goes as Race 10 on an 11-race program, with a field of eight lining up to sprint seven furlongs on the main track. Watch and wager on all the Stakes action at Del Mar with TVG.
Runner up by just a head in last year’s Pat O’Brien was Giant Expectations, who is out for revenge this year. The seven-year-old son of Frost Giant has not raced since the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) at Santa Anita on November 2. He finished 10th that day, but is a consistent campaigner with $1.3 million earned and 13 top three efforts in 23 starts. He has been working steadily at Del Mar including a six-furlong bullet on August 7. Peter Eurton trains, Umberto Rispoli will be up.
Three-year-old Vertical Threat is an interesting prospect in this race. The son of Tapiture did not debut until May 23 at Santa Anita, where he ran poorly on the grass. Switched to the main track, the Richard Baltas-trainee rolled to win by six lengths at Los Alamitos, then added the Smiling Tiger Stakes by over five lengths on this track July 25. He has had three works since then at San Luis Rey Downs.
Trainer Peter Miller has been moving C Z Rocket up through the ranks. The gelded son of City Zip is on a three-race win streak, starting with a $50,000 claiming race at Churchill Downs on May 25. He was a winner in allowance company at Keeneland on July 12. Flavien Prat will be on board.
Six-year-old gelding Flagstaff was a Grade 2 winner earlier this year at Santa Anita. John Sadler trains the son of Speightstown, who was second by less than a length in the Count Fleet (G3) at Oaklawn in April, and won the Damascus at Santa Anita last fall. He worked two bullets on this track earlier in August.
Law Abidin Citizen drew the rail for Mark Glatt. The son of Twirling Candy was Grade 1 placed here on August 1, missing the Bing Crosby by a length and a quarter. He was an allowance winner at Santa Anita in June, and a star in the Longacres Mile (G3) at Emerald Downs a year ago. Abel Cedillo will ride the six-year-old gelding, who is seeking his first Del Mar win.
P R Radio Star, Manhattan Up, and Blameitonthelaw round out the field. While wagering on racing at Del Mar, keep an eye on the 2020 Kentucky Derby, with information on contenders and wagering available with TVG.
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