Giant Expectations, who registered a mild surprise at 9-2 in winning the Grade II Pat O’Brien at Del Mar Aug. 26, his first-ever stakes start, is on course for the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship a week from Saturday, Oct. 7.
The Sprint Championship is a Win and You’re In race for three-year-olds and up at six furlongs, giving the winner a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup come Nov. 3 and 4.
“We hope to follow Goldencents,” trainer Peter Eurton said, alluding to the Doug O’Neill trainee that was second in the 2013 and 2014 Santa Anita Sprint Championship before winning the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile both of those years.
“He’ll have a little half-mile blowout tomorrow and race a week later,” Eurton said.
Giant Expectations, a New York-bred colt by Frost Giant, has three wins from 10 career starts with earnings of $253,200.
Eurton’s other graded stakes-winning sprinter, Kobe’s Back, worked six furlongs Friday morning in 1:14.20 for the $70,000 Comma to the Top Stakes at one mile on Oct. 28.
Source: Santa Anita Park