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Won at 3ARLINGTON CLASSIC S.
(T 8.5f , defeating No Inflation, El Crespo, Golden Mexico (IRE), Southern Anthem, Flashmans Papers (GB), Proceed Bee, Orthodox, Poltergeist ).
Giant Oak is the horse to watch in the Mid-America Triple at Arlington Park. The 3-year-old son of GiantÕs Causeway rallied to win the first race in the series, the May 23 Arlington Classic Stakes. He is being pointed toward the other two events, the July 11 American Derby (gr. IIT) and the Aug. 8 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT). A sweep will be worth $500,000 to Giant OakÕs breeder/owner, Virginia H. Tarra Trust.
An Illinois-bred, Giant Oak was on the road toward the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brand (gr. I) at Churchill Downs but that changed after a runner-up effort in the April 4 Illinois Derby (gr. II) at Hawthorne.
ÒThe Illinois Derby was a race that would tell us whether we were going to the Kentucky Derby,Ó said Giant OakÕs trainer Chris Block. ÒHe had to put in a solid, solid performance. He put in a solid performance (beaten two lengths by Musket Man, who ran third in the Kentucky Derby) but not solid enough to go to Churchill, where he would have been a longshot. We had the Mid-America Triple as part of our back-up plan. It turned out to be a good idea.Ó
Virginia H. Tarra Trust has bred and/or raced additional stakes winners Crafty Oak (gr. III), Apple Martini, and Link to My Heart. Crafty Oak is the dam of Giant Oak and Apple Martini. A full sister to Giant Oak, Apple Martini is on track for the restricted Lincoln Heritage Handicap June 20 at Arlington. She also is trained by Block.
Virginia H. Tarra bought Crafty Oak for $60,000 at the 1996 Fasig-Tipton Florida February sale of 2-year-olds in training from Hart Farm, agent.
The trust boards its horses at Indian Creek near Paris, Ky. The trust plans to relocate them to nearby Sheltowee Farm, which is owned by Indian Creek farm manager Mike Evans. Crafty OaksÕ 2-year-old colt by Saint Liam is named after EvansÕ farm. The colt is in training with Block.
Crafty Oak produced an After Market filly April 6. She is booked to Bluegrass Cat.
GiantÕs Causeway has sired 66 stakes winners. His 13 added-money winners of 2009 include Ghanaati (Eng-I), Cowboy Cal (gr. II), Hold Me Back (gr. II), and Palavicini, who won the May 23 Spillers Horse Feeds Fairway Stakes in England. GiantÕs Causeway stands for $125,000 at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.ÑD.S.
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