San Antonio Winner Giant Expectations Joins Pegasus Line-Up

Giant Expectations, upset winner of the Grade 2 San Antonio Stakes on Santa Anita Park’s opening day Dec. 26, has joined the cast for the second running of the G1 Pegasus World Cup. The nine-furlong Pegasus, the richest race in the world with a purse of $16 million, will be held at Gulfstream Park in Florida on Jan. 27.

The news that the connections of the 4-year-old New York-bred Frost Giant colt had reached an agreement with the Stronach Group – owners of Gulfstream Park – to secure a starting berth was broken on TVG by reporter Britney Eurton, daughter of Peter Eurton, who trains Giant Expectations.

Giant Expectations is owned by the partnership of Exline-Border Racing LLC, Gatto Racing LLC and Garrett Zubok.

THIS JUST IN: Britney Eurton reports that Giant Expectations will be running in the 2018 Pegasus World Cup.

— TVG (@TVG) December 31, 2017

A statement from Ryan Exline provided to TVG said: “After a lot of consideration, we have decided to run Giant Expectations in the Pegasus World Cup. From the day we purchased him, we have always believed he could compete at a very high level. The Pegasus is going to be a very tough race, but it’s the right time to take a big shot with our colt. The Eurton barn has done an incredible job with him and we are confident he can fire his best race.”

A $135,000 OBS March 2-year-old purchase in 2015 (bloodstock agent Marrette Farrell signed the ticket for Exline), Giant Expectations has won four of 13 starts, including the G2 Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del Mar Aug. 26 going seven furlongs. His front-running win in the San Antonio was the first around two turn for Giant Expectations, though he did win a New York-bred race at a mile around one turn at Belmont Park in June 2017.

Regular rider Gary Stevens will be aboard in the Pegasus World Cup.

Terms of the agreement between the connections of Giant Expectations and The Stronach Group were not disclosed. The Stronach Group purchased three unsold starting berths when the deadline for nominations passed. Two of the slots remain unfilled. Starting berths cost $1 million, but it is widely believed each buyer is being guaranteed a minimum $650,000 return from purses and revenue sharing. The $16-million is funded by 12 starting berth buyers, with Stronach Group/Gulfstream Park putting up $4 million.

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