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Giant Ryan wins 2011 Vosburgh.
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese
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.

"Very, 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.

Early 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.

"When 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.

"I 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 unbelievable."
 

 

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