10/19/2007 11:00PM

Giant Moon takes three-horse photo

EmailELMONT, N.Y. - Big Truck ran into a Giant roadblock on the road to immortality.

Giant Moon, coming off a maiden win going five furlongs, turned aside heavily favored Big Truck and longshot Coastal Drive to win Saturday's $100,000 Sleepy Hollow Stakes by a head at Belmont Park. Coastal Drive rallied to get second by a neck over Big Truck. It was 19 lengths back to the rest of the field.

The loss was the first for Big Truck, a son of Hook and Ladder who had won his first two starts, including the Bertram F. Bongard despite not being 100 percent healthy. In the Sleepy Hollow, Big Truck appeared to be cruising under Ramon Dominguez while racing three-wide down the backside off of Giant Moon and Be Bullish. Big Truck battled head and head outside of Giant Moon around the turn and into the stretch, but could not match strides with Giant Moon late. Giant Moon, a son of Giant's Causeway ridden by Kent Desormeaux, owned and bred by Albert Fried and trained by Richard Schosberg, covered the one-mile in 1:38.46 and returned $9.80.

"Turning for home he didn't quicken as much as I was hoping he would,'' Dominguez said. "I still thought I had more horse than I actually ended up having.''

Barclay Tagg, the trainer of Big Truck, said he was surprised his horse got beat, but didn't immediately see an excuse.

"I was surprised about the whole thing, but you never know,'' Tagg said. "He got beat. I didn't think it would be this soon.''

Schosberg entered the Sleepy Hollow with apprehension because he said Giant Moon seemed to be acting lethargic, but blood tests taken as late as Thursday did not show anything amiss.

"His pedigree came out, his class came out,'' Schosberg said. "He trained ordinarily for this, but he trained ordinarily for his maiden race. It may not be the fastest race of the day, but he beat a real good horse. I know that's a real good horse because I was the underbidder on him at the sale.''