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Giant Oak Named Illinois Horse of the Year

The son of Giant's Causeway was also named champion older handicap male.

Daniel Sullivan, president of The Illinois Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Foundation, announced Feb. 14 that Giant Oak had been named the state’s 2010 Horse of the Year and champion older handicap male.

Trained by Chris Block for Virginia Tarra Trust, Giant Oak holds a record of 5-5-3 from 24 starts and has earned more than $1.2 million during his career. The son of Giant's Causeway  is out of the Crafty Prospector mare Crafty Oak, who was named Illinois’ broodmare of the year. 

Other divisional awards, which were voted on by members of the state’s racing media and racing secretaries, are as follows:

Luck With A Kiss, 2-year-old male
Sire: Trust N Luck  Dam: K. K.’S Kiss
Breeder: Moises Yanez
Owner: Earl Trostrud, Jr. and Greco Racing  
Wonderlandbynight, 2-year-old female
Sire: Sky Mesa    Dam: Onemiracleatatime
Breeder: Michael Reavis
Owner: Mark Dedomenico

St. Maximus Gato, 2-year-old male
Sire: Tactical Cat    Dam: Religious Colony
Breeder: Anne and Barney Gallagher
Owner: Robert Hunt

Dundalk Dust, 3-year-old female and turf female
Sire: Military  Dam: Plus Beau
Breeder: Judy Dorris
Owner: Dundalk 5 

Kathleen L, older handicap female and sprint female
Sire: Pine Bluff     Dam: Negra Perla
Breeder and Owner: Joseph O’brien

Amazing Results, turf male
Sire: Grand Slam  Dam: Ioya Two
Breeder and Owner: Team Block

River Bear, sprint male
Sire: Unreal Zeal  Dam: Jabber
Breeder and Owner: Dana Waier Thoroughbeds

Denham, male claimer
Sire: Unreal Zeal   Dam: Danger Dances
Breeder and Owner: Kenneth Hutchens

Pretty Slic Chick, female claimer
Sire: Silic  Dam: Bound To Play
Breeder: Robert Sedlacek
Owners: Robert Sedlacek and Rita Pucci

Dana Waier Thoroughbreds, small breeder

Richard and Gail Radke, persons of the year