Multiple grade I winner Giant Oak has been retired from racing and will stand at Millennium Farms as property of the Virginia H. Tarra Trust and Millennium Stallions. He will stand for a fee of $7,500, live foal, stands and nurse.
Bred and owned by the Virginia H. Tarra Trust, Giant Oak began his career as a juvenile by winning his first two starts and went on to win two grade I events on dirt, the 2010 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs and the 2011 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park. In his four-year career, Giant Oak won on dirt, turf and synthetic and either won or placed in 12 graded events, including the Breeders’ Cup Marathon (gr. II) at Churchill Downs in his last start. His career tally is 31-5-5-6 with earnings of $1,484,829.
“We are excited to welcome Giant Oak to Millennium Farms at the conclusion of a stellar racing career,” said Millennium Farms owner Ro Parra. “He won two grade I races on dirt, was graded stakes placed at 2, beaten a neck, and is Giant's Causeway ’s top-earning colt on dirt, with $1.2 million coming on dirt surfaces. He ended his racing career with nine straight Thorograph ‘zeroes’. We plan to support him in the breeding shed.”
“Giant Oak has taken the Tarra family on a great ride for the last four years, and now it is time for him to move to his next career,” said Rudy Tarra. The Tarras were honored as 2010 national small breeder of the year by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association for the extraordinary success they have had with their blue hen mare Crafty Oak, the dam of Giant Oak. “We look forward to breeding our mares to him and seeing his first runners hit the track.”
Giant Oak was durable and versatile as a racehorse. “In four years in my barn, he never missed a day of training, never missed a planned breeze, and never missed a race we pointed him toward,” said trainer Chris Block.
Giant Oak is available for inspection immediately at Millennium Farms, which also stands Even the Score , Student Council , Will He Shine and Zanjero . For more information, visit www.millenniumfarms.com.