06/10/2012 1:37PM

Belmont: Giant Ryan awaits possible surgery in Pennsylvania

Tom Keyser
Trinniberg, winner of the Woody Stephens and stablemate of the injured Giant Ryan, will make his next start in the King's Bishop at Saratoga.

ELMONT, N.Y. -  Giant Ryan, who fractured both sesamoid bones in his left front leg during the running of Saturday’s True North Handicap at Belmont Park, remained at Belmont on Sunday while his connections and Dr. Dean Richardson at the New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania discussed plans for possible surgery later this week.   

Shivnanda Parbhoo, the owner of Giant Ryan, said Richardson was still evaluating the X-rays and was hoping to have a more definite answer for him by late Sunday afternoon.  Giant Ryan was fitted with a cast immediately after the incident to protect the injury, which occurred just as the field was leaving the eighth pole of the six-furlong True North.

“One of our main concerns would be getting him from Belmont to the clinic safely,” said Parbhoo. “Right now he is standing pretty good, but just how long he’ll stand on a truck is the question. That’s one of the issues we’ll still have to discuss with Dr. Richardson.”

Parbhoo said Giant Ryan was the first horse he or his family have ever had break down on the track during the running of a race. The incident, obviously, put a damper on the entire day, which was only tempered slightly by the victory of Giant Ryan’s stablemate Trinniberg two races later in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens.

“What happened yesterday definitely changes your whole perspective on the game,” said Parbhoo. “You watch it happen to other owners and trainers, but when it happens to you it begins to make you see things differently. It made it hard for us to watch Trinniberg run. In fact, some members of the family turned away and couldn’t watch the race. Even for me, it was very scary watching Trinniberg go out there and set those fast fractions, wondering if the same thing could happen again. Even though Trinniberg won, it was bittersweet for all of us.”                    

Parbhoo said Trinniberg would be vanned back to his home base at Calder on Monday evening and be given two weeks off before returning to training later this month. His next goal is the Grade 1 King’s Bishop at Saratoga.