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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Giant Oak Surprises Donn Foes

Giant Oak had gone 14 consecutive starts without winning a race from the summer of 2009 to fall of 2010. In a span of a little more than two months, he has bagged a pair of grade I victories.

With Shaun Bridgmohan aboard for trainer Chris Block, the son of Giant's Causeway rallied from off the pace with a wide stretch run and passed a trio of horses late to post a two-length victory in the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) Feb. 5 at Gulfstream Park. The win validated his previous victory in the Nov. 27 Clark Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, which came via disqualification.

A 5-year-old homebred for Virginia H. Tarra Trust, Giant Oak was graded stakes placed five times during his winless streak, but had not posted a victory since the May, 2009 Arlington Classic before he was awarded the top prize in the Clark when Successful Dan was disqualified for interference. That losing streak is a distant memory now, as he proved that he is one of the best horses in the handicap division when defeating a stellar field in the Donn.
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correction-Track was playing to speed
It was only a prep race for Fly Down.Personally I bet Morning Line because the has been playing to speed. I was surprised a closer even got up let alone win.
that he does,but i wasn't surprised at oak. if fly down didn't finisht them off it would be oak. greek, wasn't a strong closer as those two. anyway fly down should make a come back.
Fly Down has bigger things down the line. I look for big improvement from this one.BTW In the Donn Giant Oak ran over that field with no exertion.
The Donn Handicap Stakes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMY90cjIOVM&feature=player_embedded
what's with Fly Down...AP Indy, S Slew , must be from mom's side of family http://www.horseracingnation.com/horse/Fly_Down

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