When Giant Expectations is at his best, a giant performance results, to wit: victories in two Grade II stakes, the Pat O'Brien sprinting at seven furlongs and the San Antonio routing at a mile and one sixteenth.
Trainer Peter Eurton recognizes that the New York-bred son of Frost Giant will have to bring his ‘A' game for the second running of world's richest race, GulfstreamPark's $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at a mile and an eighth on Jan. 27. Exline-Border Racing, LLC and Gatto Racing, owners of the five-year-old chestnut, have obtained an entry slot at a cost of $1 million to support their hopes.
Gary Stevens, who has ridden Giant Expectations in his last five starts, two of them victories, will be back aboard for the Pegasus.
“The horse will leave here Jan. 24, the Wednesday before the race,” said Eurton, headquartered at Santa Anita. “Hopefully, Champagne Room also will be on that plane, then take a van the rest of the way to Houston, for the ($400,000) Houston Ladies Classic (at Sam Houston Race Park on Jan. 29).”
Despite facing likely Horse of the Year Gun Runner and other heavyweights, Eurton is optimistic about Giant Expectation's chances.
“He's doing so well, but his next couple works are real important,” Eurton said. “If he shows the same energy he's shown in his gallops, I feel confident he's going to be the same horse, although you never know what you're getting with him. It's like a box of chocolates.
“He trained this way into the Pat O'Brien—awesome—and he trained this way into the San Antonio. For the Breeders' Cup, he was OK, but he got away bad, and he needs a lot of gate schooling, which he's already getting, so that when he does break, he gets away well.”
Great Expectations is scheduled to breeze a half mile Friday at 7:45 a.m.
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