2011 Donn Handicap (G1)

2/5/2011, Gulfstream Park
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5:26 PM ET
1 1/8 m (Dirt)
3+ M

What the Nation is saying about the 2011 Donn Handicap (G1)...

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 w...Read More
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  • icyhotboo · 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. · 1165 days ago ·
  • icyhotboo · correction-Track was playing to speed · 1165 days ago ·
How does a horse go from finishing first in one out of nineteen starts the past two calendar years to becoming one of the most respected older horses in the country in a time span of less than two minutes? Yesterday we found the answer, as the long untapped potential of Giant Oak exploded down the G...Read More
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  • zatt · Point well taken Mike, this could be the year where the 3-year-olds take it to their elders later this year. I am especially thinking of one in particular ;-) RL, I thought I Want Revenge ran quite well in the Donn, all things considered. · 1165 days ago ·
  • RachelLover · Zatt, I absolutely agree with you that IWR ran well (I didn't mean to give the impression I thought he ran lousy - sometimes sharing thoughts in print doesn't always come out the way I want it to!) I had hoped to see his connections start conversatively and work him up. Of course, they aren't interested in my opinion! HA · 1165 days ago ·
That's two Grade 1 wins in a row for Donn winner Giant Oak; that comes after 14 losing efforts in a row (15 since he actually crossed the wire first) of mostly reliable rallies that nonetheless fell short on various different surfaces. He earned a career high Beyer of 105 in the Donn, benefiting fro...Read More
Did Nakatani really have to send Square Eddie into a suicidal pace with Morning Line? Giant Oak ran a good race but it was definitely set up for him. I thought Morning Line ran great. Rule ran well, had every chance to win it but couldn't punch it in at the end.
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  • icyhotboo · BTW: neither horse can be rated so he had no choice · 1167 days ago ·
  • cugel the clever · i agree with icy. square eddie isn't a graded stakes calibre horse at 9 furlongs and he ran the only way he can run. the pace was relatively moderate which makes Giant Oaks' victory that much more impressive. The moderate pace is also the reason that Morning Line was still around at the wire. The only surprise in the race was Fly Down - I expected a better stretch run from him and a top-four finish. Clearly he needed a race after the 3-month layoff. · 1167 days ago ·
Question: Who is the man that would risk his neck for his brother man? Question: Who is the cat that won’t cop out when there‘s danger all about? The answer to both of those questions is Nick Zito of course. How is this trainer who will celebrate his 63rd birthday on Sunday and is 17 years removed f...Read More
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  • coolcoleman · <3 Mineshaft Zito CCM Morningline flydown robert lapenta et al great barn and its nice to see the great barn do great work · 1168 days ago ·
  • zatt · I have not many people who aren't fond of Nick. I'll say it again ... he's a bad mutha, and 2011 could be a very big year for him. · 1167 days ago ·
How strong is the field for the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I)? Included among the nine starters is a horse that enters off a win in a Breeders’ Cup race, another that bagged the Clark Handicap (gr. I) last out, and a third that set a track record in his season debut. And none of those three ar...Read More
More than a year from his last start in a stakes race, 2009 Kentucky Derby contender Square Eddie will enter the starting gate for Saturday's Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park. The 1 1/8-mile event will be his second race of the year after having to sit out all of 2010.Owned by J. Paul Reddam, Squar...Read More
Three probable starters in the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) Feb. 5 at Gulfstream Park -- Giant Oak, Eldaafer and Rule -- posted workouts during the morning of Jan. 30.At Gulfstream, Virginia Tarra Trust’s 5-year-old Giant Oak worked five furlongs in :59 3/5 and Alghuwayriyah’ Stable’s 6-year-old g...Read More
  • tiznow · i really hope IWR does not go in the Donn...he needs an allowance race to get some foundation back. Throw him in a G1 off the long layoff again? Look what happened last year, he very clearly needed a race and you bring him back in a G2 at 1 1/8 and then bring him right back in a G2 after he very clearly showed how tired he got. IEAH imo doesn't put the best interest of the horse first. This horse has always worked lights out, doesn't mean jump right into a G1. · 1172 days ago ·
  • tiznow · G2 then G3 last yr, but you get my point. Ease him back in...don't throw him into the fire. · 1172 days ago ·
I'll be there and hope the field remains intact. Fly Down would be the obvious selection but Rule with Castellano / Pletcher connection is intriguing

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