Last year’s New York-bred champion sprinter, older male and New
York-bred horse of the year Giant Ryan
was euthanized Thursday afternoon after developing laminitis resulting from an
injury sustained during the running of the Grade 2 True North Handicap at Belmont Park last Saturday. The 6-year-old son
of Freud was sent to New Bolton Center
at the University of Pennsylvania in Kennett
Square, Pa. on Monday and was scheduled
for surgery, which never occurred, to repair sesamoid fractures in his left
“They couldn’t do the surgery right away because there were
problems with blood flow to his ankle, he had a clot,” Parbhoo said.
“They treated him and Wednesday afternoon, the clot went away, but by
Thursday morning there was a 10 percent trace of laminitis, the horse was
starting to feel pressure, and we had to make a decision.”
“I didn’t want him to suffer at all,” the owner
continued. “He was happy until the end, he was eating and drinking, but
there was nothing more to do. It was a part of the game that we never really
see – or, we see it, but before this we didn’t know how it feels.
We look at racing in a different way now…it makes you think about how
fast they go and it’s very, very scary.”
Giant Ryan finished his career with a record of 8-1-1 from 17 starts
and $686,841 in earnings. Winner of the Grade 1 Vosburgh Invitational at
Belmont last fall, Giant Ryan was trained by Shivananda Parbhoo’s father,
Bisnath Parboo. The horse carried the red and yellow colors of Shivananda
Racing, with which a large segment of the Parbhoo/Parboo family is involved.
Shivananda Racing also campaigns Trinniberg, winner of three graded
stakes this year including a bittersweet victory in last Saturday’s Grade
2 Woody Stephens presented by VisitNassauCounty.com.
“The whole family is kind of leaning on Trinniberg because of
what happened to Ryan,” Shivananda Parbhoo said. “It was very sad
and very hard.”