Giant Expectations Fires Bullet Ahead Of Pegasus World Cup

In his final major breeze for the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park Jan. 27, San Antonio Stakes winner Giant Expectations went five furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track at 7:45 Friday morning in a bullet 58 seconds flat under exercise rider Pepi Aragon.

It was the fastest of 53 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 1:02.01.

“He went well,” said trainer Peter Eurton, who once again will have Hall of Fame rider Gary Stevens aboard for the world’s richest race, to be decided at 1 1/8-miles. “I couldn’t be happier. We’ll know more as he goes along. We’re taking it one day at a time.”

Private clocker Gary Young was a tad more effusive, saying the New York-bred son of Frost Giant looked “terrific,” but added the caveat, “Whether he is good enough to win a $16 million race is the question.”

Among those Giant Expectations is expected to face in the Pegasus are likely Horse of the Year Gun Runner and Pacific Classic winner Collected, who ran one-two in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at a mile and a quarter.

Giant Expectations turned the tables on Collected, however, in the Grade II San Antonio Stakes Dec. 26, leading throughout under Stevens to post a 3 ¼-length victory, with Collected, the 3-10 favorite, third, a neck behind runner-up Accelerate.

Giant Expectations, Collected and West Coast, the latter pair trained by Bob Baffert, are due to ship on Wednesday, Jan. 24, for the Pegasus.

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