Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile Division
TrainerPeter A. Eurton
OwnerExline – Border Racing LLC, David A Bernsen LLC, Garrett Zubok & Gatto Racing LLC
Tenacity has been the name of the game where Giant Expectations is concerned as the son of Frost Giant has methodically made himself a millionaire over the course of four seasons of racing.
Though he was bred in New York by Sunrise Stables, Giant Expectations has made the West Coast his home base under trainer Peter Eurton. It took the chestnut horse seven tries to break his maiden, finally getting over the hump in May 2017. Once that hurdle was out of his way, he proceeded to take his form to the next level by earning multiple graded stakes wins.
His first major victory came when he took the 2017 Pat O’Brien Stakes (G2) at Del Mar, an effort that earned him a start in that year’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. He would close out that campaign with a win over eventual champion Accelerate in the San Antonio Stakes (G2), a race that also saw him defeat Grade 1 winners Hoppertunity and Collected.
Giant Expectations hasn’t prevailed since that San Antonio triumph, but he has made his presence felt against some top company. Owned by Exline-Border Racing LLC, Gatto Racing, LLC and Garett Zubok, Giant Expectations finished fifth in the 2018 Dirt Mile and was third in his first two starts of 2019.
He fell a nose short of victory in the Commentator Stakes at Belmont Park in May and was part of one of the most thrilling races of this year’s Del Mar meeting when he and Catalina Cruiser battled to the wire in the August 24 Pat O’Brien Stakes, with the latter just getting up by a head.
Purchased for $135,000 out of the 2015 OBS March 2-year-olds in training sale, Giant Expectations has a bankroll of more than $1.3 million to date.