One day after Giant Ryan ran his winning
streak to six straight with a half-length score over Force Freeze in
the Grade 1, $350,000 Vosburgh Invitational, owner Shivananda Parbhoo
said the 5-year-old New York-bred was in excellent spirits.
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese
very, very good," Parbhoo said. "He came out really happy, really good.
He ate up all his feed last night. He walked pretty strong this
morning. We had to put the lip chain on him. He didn't want to stay
still. He didn't come back tired. He came back and drank a half a bucket
of water and that was it."
Giant Ryan, off at 12-1 in the Vosburgh, zipped right to the lead and finished the six furlongs in 1:09.10 on a muddy track.
in his career, Giant Ryan, a 5-year-old son of Freud, gave little
indication he would develop into one of the top sprinters in the
country. He raced only once in 2010 and that had been his first start
since a last-place finish in the Grade 3 Gotham in 2009. From February
18, 2010, when he finished second in an optional claimer for New
York-breds at Aqueduct Racetrack until his return this past January at
Gulfstream Park, Giant Ryan missed another 11 months of racing.
he came out of the [Gotham] as a 3-year-old, he had problems under his
feet. It was all of them," Parbhoo said. "It was a type of fungus that
everything we tried, it would get better for two or three months and
then it would come back. We brought him to Florida, and we cut the skin,
the wall way down. You couldn't see it from the outside. We took a lot
of skin away. It was very soft, and we had to change the bandage twice a
day. He would breeze 59, 58 [seconds for five furlongs] and the next
day he would be lame."
Giant Ryan was sent to Gulfstream
Park, and got his hoof issues ironed out. He raced twice at Gulfstream
Park, both times off the board, and then returned to New York on March 4
and hasn't lost since. The Vosburgh was his first victory at the Grade 1
level and sets him up for a run in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, which will
cost a $100,000 supplemental fee.
"He made his own
money," said trainer Bisnath Parboo, who conditions Giant Ryan for his
son. "He won the Grade 2 Smile, $350,000. He won the Grade 1 here. I
don't have to pay from my pocket."
The owner said he is ready to face any sprinter in the country.
don't think I'm concerned about anybody right now," he said. "I was a
little concerned going into [the Vosburgh]. There were so many strong
horses in there. I didn't know what bracket to put him in, whether he
was a Grade 1 horse. I wasn't surprised, but winning the race was