Despite Low Expectations, Giant Expectations Upset Winner Of San Antonio
By Margaret Ransom
For a race expected to answer so many questions about next month’s $16 million Pegasus World Cup (GI) and who the legit contenders from the west would be, Tuesday’s San Antonio Handicap (GII) result could not have created more confusion.
In an upset of enormous proportions, longshot Giant Expectations and jockey Gary Stevens wired the field after setting a pace that can only be described as pedestrian. The New York-bred son of Frost Giant crossed the wire 3 ¾ lengths ahead of fellow longshot Accelerate, while upsetting the heavily favored Collected, who was third, and casting serious doubt on whether or not Santa Anita will be represented at all in the world’s richest horse race at Gulfstream Park in four weeks.
After Top of the Game scratched, five remained in the 1 1/16-mile race and, as expected, Speedway Stables’ Grade 1 winner and confirmed frontrunner Collected was the heavy 2-5 favorite off a strong second to likely Horse of the Year Gun Runner in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) last out. When the gates opened, however, it wasn’t Mike Smith on Collected who made the lead, but rather… (more)