Giant Oak

Giant Oak euthanized due to neurological disease at age 11

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Giant Oak, winner of the Grade 1 Donn Handicap in 2011, was euthanized Wednesday at age 11.

Multiple Grade 1 winner Giant Oak was euthanized Wednesday due to complications from an acute onset severe neurological disease.

The 11-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway had resided his entire stallion career at Millennium Farms in Lexington, Ky., and had not covered any mares during the 2017 breeding season.

Millennium Farms sets stallion fees for 2016

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Millennium Farms sets stallion fees for 2016

Millennium Farms in Lexington, Ky., announced stud fees for its 2016 stallions, with three of its four stallions - Even the Score, Giant Oak, and Ice Box - standing for $7,500, and the other, I Want Revenge, standing for $5,000.

Even the Score, a 17-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song out of Ashtabula, by Rahy, has sired dual Grade 1 winners Dullahan and Take the Points among his 34 black-type winners. His progeny have earned more than $41 million.

Breeders' Cup: Pace should suit improving Cease in Marathon

Barbara D. Livingston
Cease has come into his own since an off-the-turf victory at Saratoga during the summer. In a Breeders’ Cup Marathon lacking multiple speed threats, he figures to get a trip just off the expected pacesetter Birdrun.

The longer the race, the more important the pace.

This racing axiom is older than dirt, but it’s worth dredging up in the context of the Grade 2, $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon because – at a distance of 1 3/4 miles – the Marathon is about as long as races get in this country these days.

“Pace is important in every race,” notes trainer Al Stall Jr. “The longer the race, the more of a chance the pace can get away from you, if you go too fast in the middle stages. I think that true class comes out in longer races.”

Hawthorne: Block may send Giant Oak, Never Retreat to Breeders' Cup

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Trainer Chris Block is considering running Giant Oak in the Breeders' Cup Marathon.

STICKNEY, Ill. – Chicago-based trainer Chris Block could have two starters in Breeders’ Cup races next month at Churchill Downs, or he could have none. Giant Oak is probable for the BC Marathon, while Never Retreat is a possible runner in the BC Mile, Block said Monday.

Giant Oak appeared to have exited his somewhat disappointing fifth-place finish Oct. 8 in the Hawthorne Gold Cup without any physical issues or undue fatigue, though Block said Giant Oak is not the easiest horse to read.

Hawthorne Gold Cup: Giant Oak draws far outside in post 10

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The 5-year-old Giant Oak will remain in training for another season in 2012.

STICKNEY, Ill. – The Sport of Kings typically is more business than sport. Lower-level owners sell prospects for big bucks. Young horses are rushed off to a stud career that will generate more money than racing.

Rudy and Virginia Tarra already rejected the former path, turning down seven-figure offers for Giant Oak in 2008 and 2009, and now they are on the cusp of backing away from the latter, with plans to race 5-year-old Giant Oak again in 2012 rather than sell him as a Kentucky stallion.

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Giant Oak will join stablemate Mister Marti Gras in Hawthorne Gold Cup

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Giant Oak will revert to his closing style when he joins stablemate Mister Marti Gras in the Hawthorne Gold Cup on Oct. 8.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – Giant Oak, still seeking his first win since the Grade 1 Donn Handicap on Feb. 5, will make his next start Oct. 8 in the Hawthorne Gold Cup, trainer Chris Block said.

Block, in fact, will have two horses in the $500,000 Gold Cup, since he also intends to start Washington Park Handicap winner Mister Marti Gras in the race. Giant Oak is one of three nationally known horses pointing for the signature race of the Hawthorne season, with Apart and Awesome Gem also expected for the 1 1/4-mile dirt race.

Saratoga: Giant Oak, Ice Box tune up for Woodward

Barbara D. Livingston
Giant Oak works five furlongs in 1:02.56 on Saratoga's main track Saturday morning.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Giant Oak and Ice Box, a pair of late-runners who’ll be looking for a lively pace next weekend in the Grade 1 Woodward, were a contrast in styles in their final tune-ups for the race Saturday.

Giant Oak, working over the main track, breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:02.56, while Ice Box shared the morning’s bullet half-mile drill of 48 seconds across Union Avenue at the Oklahoma training track.

Saratoga: Four Whitney workers go out on busy morning

Barbara D. Livingston
Mission Impazible had jockey Javier Castellano aboard for his workout Sunday.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - More than 180 horses turned in timed workouts over a fast main track here on Sunday morning, including four tuning up Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney.

Mission Impazible, Rodman, and Giant Oak all worked five furlongs following the renovation break, while Duke Of Mischief went a half mile in his first breeze over the track since arriving from his Calder base earlier in the week.

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