giant expectations

New York-Breds Take Center Stage On Monday’s Big Apple Showcase Day

New York-breds will take center stage on the Memorial Day holiday slate Monday at Belmont Park as the New York Racing Association hosts its annual Big Apple Showcase Day, featuring an 11-race all New York-bred card, including six stakes races worth $900,000 in purses, highlighted by the $200,000 Commentator and $200,000 Critical Eye. Harold Lerner, […]

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Giant Expectations Favored Over Quip, Tenfold In Oaklawn Handicap

An evenly matched field of nine is entered in the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) for older horses Saturday at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Ark. Probable post time for the 1 1/8-mile Oaklawn Handicap, which goes as the ninth race, is 5:22 p.m. CT. Last year’s edition was won by City of Light, who edged Accelerate […]

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Rated R Superstar Nails Snapper Sinclair In Essex Photo

Crystal Racing Enterprises and Cipriano Contreras’ Rated R Superstar, claimed for $62,500 at Churchill Downs in November, jumped up to win this Saturday’s $350,000 Essex Handicap at 14-1, defeating 5-1 chance Snapper Sinclair by a head in a photo finish. The 6-year-old son of Kodiak Kowboy, ridden by Walter De La Cruz for conditioner Contreras, […]

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Longshots Giant Expectations, Pavel Prepare For ‘Tough Spot’ In San Pasqual

Peter Eurton would like to have a decent start for Giant Expectations in Saturday’s Grade II San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita, a nine furlong test for older horses that is a precursor to the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 9. A six-year-old New York-bred son of Free Giant, Giant Expectations is a […]

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Bellafina, Baffert Quartet Have Penultimate Breeders’ Cup Works At Santa Anita

With owner Kaleem Shah on hand, Chandelier Stakes winner and Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies favorite Bellafina worked five furlongs Friday morning in a minute flat for her ultimate goal at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2. “I’m really happy,” trainer Simon Callaghan said. “She’ll have one more breeze here before leaving for Kentucky.” Bellafina (1:00.00) & Kazan […]

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Accelerate Pulls Away Late, Gives Sadler His First Big ‘Cap Victory

Hronis Racing’s Accelerate did just that in Saturday’s Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap, pulling away from the field in the final sixteenth of a mile to win by about five lengths. The 5-year-old son of Lookin at Lucky was co-favored at 5-2, along with both runner-up Mubtaahij and fourth-place finisher Giant Expectations. Ridden by Victor […]

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Hoppertunity Y Mubtaahij: Los Veteranos De Baffert Encabezan Un Parejo Santa Anita Handicap

Si algo tiene en particular esta edición del Santa Anita Handicap (G1, $600,000) es veteranía. Ocho caballos, con edades entre 5 y 7 años, y con un promedio de 20 actuaciones por participante, que medirán fuerzas en la carrera central del programa sabatino de Santa Anita, en distancia de 2000 metros. Entre estas “caras conocidas” […]

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Accelerate, Hoppertunity, Mubtaahij Set For Big ‘Cap Battle

Top older horses Accelerate, Hoppertunity, Mubtaahij and Giant Expectations head a field of eight older horses set to run a mile and a quarter in Saturday’s Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap, presented by San Manuel Casino. The 81st running of the legendary Big ‘Cap is one of four graded stakes on Saturday that help to […]

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Eurton ‘Pondering’ Giant Expectations For Big ‘Cap

Giant Expectations is nominated to both the Triple Bend Stakes and the Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Casino next Saturday, both Grade I events, but trainer Peter Eurton is leaning towards the mile and a quarter, $600,000 Big ‘Cap over the seven furlong, $400,000 Triple Bend at seven furlongs. “We’re still pondering, but I […]

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McKinzie, Solomini Breeze Seven Furlongs Saturday At Santa Anita

Bob Baffert’s booming, bottomless barn of Triple Crown bluebloods had two on Santa Anita’s work tab Saturday morning, undefeated McKinzie and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Solomini, each going in company for their next stakes engagements. At 9 a.m., McKinzie, with Drayden Van Dyke up, went seven furlongs in 1:25.40, while stablemate Downtowner was given a six […]

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