10/01/2011 5:16PM

Belmont: Giant Ryan wires in Vosburgh

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Barbara D. Livingston
Giant Ryan, with Cornelio Velasquez riding, goes gate to wire in the Vosburgh.

ELMONT, N.Y. - The connections of Giant Ryan were already planning to put up the $100,000 supplemental fee to run their New York-bred in the Breeders' Cup Sprint even before he entered the starting gate for Saturday's Grade 1, $350,000 Vosburgh Invitational at Belmont Park.

Giant Ryan's gate-to-wire victory in the Vosburgh against a Breeders' Cup Sprint-quality field only confirmed that they had made the right decision.

Now, Giant Ryan will enter the $1.5 million Breeders' Cup Sprint on a six-race winning streak, one that began in March over Aqueduct's inner track.

Despite the presence of other speed horses such as Force Freeze and Euroears, it was Giant Ryan who cleared the field early under Cornelio Velasquez and was able to hold off a game Force Freeze to win the Vosburgh by one-half length. It was 1 1/2 lengths back to the late-running Caixa Eletronica.

Favored Trappe Shot could manage only fourth and was followed in the order of finish by Calibrachoa, Justin Phillip, Apriority and Euroears.

Giant Ryan had already earned a berth in the Sprint by winning the Grade 2 Smile at Calder in July, which, like the Vosburgh, was a Win and You're In race. But since Giant Ryan, a son of Freud, was not Breeders' Cup-nominated, he still has to pay a $100,000 supplemental fee, which is offset somewhat by a $10,000 travel expense that the Breeders' Cup will pick up.

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In the Vosburgh, Giant Ryan may have been helped by an incident at the start, as Calibrachoa, under Rajiv Maragh, came over on Euroears, forcing him to bump with Apriority, who stumbled a bit under Alex Solis. The incident upset Javier Castellano, the rider of Euroears.

"We all broke good and Rajiv comes over and cut us off," Castellano said. "We don't have room. Alex and myself try to protect each other and Alex Solis clipped heels."

Nothing bothered Giant Ryan, who set fractions of 22.10 seconds, 44.36, 56.28 and covered the six furlongs in the mud in 1:09.10. He returned $26.40 as the 12-1 sixth choice in the field of eight.

Following a Sept 23 workout at Calder by Giant Ryan in which he was tired afterward, owner Shivananda Parbhoo wasn't going to run Giant Ryan in the Vosburgh. But the next day, Parbhoo, who is the son of trainer Bisnath Parboo, said his horse was "bucking, jumping, and playing" in his stall.

"The way he was in his stall I had to change my mind,'' Parbhoo said. "I knew he was going to win this race. I know my horse. He's a very talented horse and he loves Belmont Park."

Parbhoo said Giant Ryan would remain in New York for two weeks before shipping to Churchill Downs.

Peter Walder, the trainer of Force Freeze, said he would send his horse to the Breeders' Cup Sprint if he can get in.

"There's no reason he shouldn't get in," Walder said. "He deserves a chance."

Walder said jockey Paco Lopez told him "if he would have liked the track a little bit he thinks he would have caught that horse. He ran great. Other than winning I couldn't be happier."

John Velazquez, the rider of 6-5 favorite Trappe Shot, said he felt his horse ran well but that speed wasn't coming back to the closers on the day. He also suggested that Trappe Shot might be a better candidate for the Dirt Mile as opposed to the Sprint.