What is it about these Chris Block-trained horses? The millionaire
8-year-old Fort Prado has this big pink strip where his front leg meets
his barrel, the result of a youthful encounter with a fence. Now there
is Giant Oak, a rich chestnut whose broad white blaze wraps all the way
around his muzzle. You can't miss him, and Giant Oak may turn out to be
memorable for more than his looks.
Giant Oak began his career last summer on grass, and it is on
grass this year at 3 that he seems to have found himself. After
dabbling in things Triple Crown this past spring, Giant Oak was taken
out of consideration for the Kentucky Derby even after running a solid
second to Musket Man in the Illinois Derby. The goal became the
Mid-America Triple on turf at Arlington -- and the goal is now.