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Giant Ryan Goes Gate to Wire in Vosburgh

Giant Ryan wins 2011 Vosburgh.
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese
Giant Ryan had won five straight races – including the Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap, a “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint – but that didn’t command him much respect heading into the Grade 1, $350,000 Vosburgh Invitational Stakes at Belmont Park.

 

Sent off at odds of 12-1 in the field of eight, Giant Ryan shot straight to the front when the gate opened, set a pressured pace through a blazing half-mile in 44.36 seconds, and held off the persistent Force Freeze in the lane to win by a half-length.

 

Owned by Shivananda Parbhoo and trained by his father, Bisnath Parboo, Giant Ryan ran the six-furlong race – also a “Win and You’re In” race on “Super Saturday” at Belmont – in 1:09.10 on a track labeled muddy.

 

The 5-year-old New York-bred son of Freud paid $26.40 for a $2 win bet.

 

“Yes, we will,” Bisnath Parboo answered when asked if he would pay the $100,000 supplemental nomination fee needed to get into the Breeders’ Cup on November 5 at Churchill Downs.

 

The race provided another disappointment for even-money favorite Trappe Shot, who finished fourth after being bumped at the start, racing wide and failing to reach the leaders in the lane.

 

“We got squeezed a little bit at the break,” Trappe Shot’s trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. “Basically, [jockey John Velazquez] said they weren’t coming back. Speed held up. He didn’t run that bad. When you’re even money, it’s disappointing.”

 

Giant Ryan had been a moderately successful runner until coming to life March 4 with a 2 1/2-length score on the Aqueduct inner track. He then won a stakes for New York-breds at Aqueduct, an optional claimer at Belmont, the Ponche Handicap at Calder and the Grade 2 Smile Sprint.

 

In each of the starts, Giant Ryan raced close to the pace, but in the Vosburgh he went to the front.

 

“My horse likes the sloppy track,” said jockey Cornelio Velasquez. “He broke fast and wanted to go to the lead. I had a lot of horse at the top of the stretch. It’s been a long time since he ran, but he tries hard every time.”

Runner-up Force Freeze was followed home by late-running Caixa Eletronica, Trappe Shot, Calibrachoa, Justin Phillip, Apriority and Euroears.

 

Giant Ryan now has won eight of 14 lifetime starts and the Vosburgh winning purse of $210,000 boosted his lifetime earnings to $626,841.

 

Shivananda Parbhoo said Giant Ryan had been off since the Smile on July 9 only because he had raced a lot and needed a rest. Now he is ready for the Breeders’ Cup.

 

“This is his home track; he loves Belmont Park,” he said. “I will keep him here [at Belmont] for a week or two and then he will ship directly to Churchill Downs. He will leave three weeks before the Breeders’ Cup. This was to see if he could compete with the best horses.”

 


 

 

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