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Giant Expectations

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. 

Lifetime Stats

Earnings
$
Breeders’ Cup Winner
2017 Pat O'Brien S.
6
2019 Graded Stakes Points

Previous Races

ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
August 24, 2019Pat O'Brien S.DEL MAR22
May 27, 2019Commentator S.BELMONT PARK 2
April 13, 2019Oaklawn H.OAKLAWN PARK25
March 16, 2019Essex H.OAKLAWN PARK 3
February 02, 2019San Pasqual S.SANTA ANITA PARK23
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
November 03, 2018Breeders' Cup Dirt MileCHURCHILL DOWNS15
September 29, 2018Ack Ack S.CHURCHILL DOWNS33
March 10, 2018Santa Anita H. Presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo and CasinoSANTA ANITA PARK14
January 27, 2018Pegasus World Cup Invitational S.GULFSTREAM PARK19
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
December 26, 2017San Antonio S.SANTA ANITA PARK21
November 03, 2017Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt MileDEL MAR16
October 07, 2017Santa Anita Sprint Championship S.SANTA ANITA PARK15
August 26, 2017Pat O'Brien S.DEL MAR21
July 19, 2017 DEL MAR 2
June 08, 2017 BELMONT PARK 1
May 29, 2017 BELMONT PARK 1
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
June 25, 2016 SANTA ANITA PARK 4
June 05, 2016 SANTA ANITA PARK 2
May 14, 2016 SANTA ANITA PARK 4
April 09, 2016 SANTA ANITA PARK 3
March 12, 2016 SANTA ANITA PARK 2
February 06, 2016 SANTA ANITA PARK 4