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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 front ankle.


“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.”




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