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Giant Oak

Trainer: Chris Block
Jockey: James Graham
Owner: Virginia H. Tarra Trust

Weight: 122                Morning Line Odds: 4-1

Contender Analysis

By: James Scully (Brisnet Editorial)

GIANT OAK won early on turf and Polytrack, but he switched to dirt for conditioner Chris Block in his juvenile finale, the Kentucky Jockey Club S. (G2) at Churchill Downs, and stamped himself as one to watch for the Kentucky Derby (G1) with an excellent runner-up effort.

The massive, long-striding colt endured trouble in his seasonal bow, finishing fifth in the Risen Star S. (G3), but the late runner is capable of much better on Saturday. The Illinois-bred is bred to relish route distances, and a fast early tempo could set him up for a big run in the 1 1/6-mile Louisiana Derby at a square price. James Graham will pick up the mount on the Virginia H. Tarra Trust colorbearer.

Pedigree Analysis

By: Tim Holland (Brisnet Editorial)

Giant Oak. Illinois bred is by Giant’s Causeway, the sire of over fifty black-type winners from his first six crops including champions Shamardal and Primary and grade one winners including Aragorn (Ire), My Typhoon (Ire) and Heatseeker (Ire). While Giant’s Causeway passes along stamina with his offspring winning at an average distance of 8.3f, Giant Oak is out of Crafty Oak who is by the speed influence Crafty Prospector. However, Crafty Oak maybe an exception having scored her biggest triumph in the Sixty Sails H. (G3) over nine furlongs and inherited stamina is reflected in Giant Oak’s running style.

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