06/04/2012 6:02PM

Belmont Park notes: Giant Ryan to go in True North

Barbara D. Livingston
Giant Ryan has started one this year, finishing fifth in the Dubai Golden Shaheen over the Tapeta surface at Meydan.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Giant Ryan, the recently crowned New York-bred Horse of the Year for 2011, was vanned to Belmont Park from Florida last week and will start in Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 True North Handicap at six furlongs.

Giant Ryan, trained by Bisnath Parboo, went 6 for 9 last year, including a victory in the Grade 1 Vosburgh over this track last October. He completed his year with an eighth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Giant Ryan has started only once this year, that being a fifth-place finish in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen over the Tapeta surface at Meydan.

Parboo said Giant Ryan didn't break well in the Golden Shaheen and his instructions to Willie Martinez were to be on the lead.

"He had to use him, and it was the fastest half-mile run on that track," Parboo said. "The last half-furlong he was tired. Had he broke evenly, he was gone."

Giant Ryan breezed three times before shipping to New York.

Giant Ryan is the 120-pound highweight for the True North. Others expected to run include Smiling Tiger (119), Hamazing Destiny (117), Pacific Ocean (117), Alma d'Oro (116), Royal Currier (116), Ponzi Scheme (116), Justin Phillip (115), Crossbow (115), and W.W. Lady's Man (114). Caixa Eletronica (117) is possible.

Get Stormy unlikely for Manhattan

Trainer Tom Bush said Get Stormy is "not likely to run" in Saturday's Manhattan and instead will be pointed to Sunday's Grade 2, $200,000 Monmouth Stakes.

Bush said he prefers the 1 1/8 miles of the Monmouth Stakes to the 1 1/4 miles of the Manhattan.

On Sunday, Get Stormy worked six furlongs in 1:01.55 over the Belmont turf course.

Ruler On Ice still hunting win

Among those on hand during training hours Monday morning at Belmont Park was Kelly Breen, the trainer of 2011 Belmont Stakes winner Ruler On Ice.

Ruler On Ice shipped over from his Monmouth Park base to upset last year's Belmont at 24-1 for Breen and owners George and Lori Hall, rallying from just off the pace to a three-quarter-length decision over fellow longshot Stay Thirsty.  Unfortunately, that was the last time Ruler On Ice, a son of Roman Ruler, has visited the winner's circle.

Ruler On Ice has lost all six of his starts since winning the Belmont, his best performances over the past year third-place finishes in the Breeders' Cup Classic and Grade 1 Haskell and a second in the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby. He has not started since finishing a non-threatening eighth four months ago in Gulfstream Park's Grade 1 Donn Handicap.

Ruler On Ice had his first work since the Donn on Sunday morning at Monmouth, where he went three furlongs in 36 seconds.

"I didn't expect him to go that fast," said Breen, who currently has four horses stabled at Belmont. "We just decided to give him a break after the Donn and freshen him up. Right now I have nothing picked out for him. I'm just looking forward to getting him back to the races again."

HRTV to provide extensive coverage

HRTV will provide extensive coverage of I'll Have Another's Triple Crown bid with on-site coverage beginning Wednesday as well as additional programs regarding the Triple Crown.

HRTV will broadcast the Belmont Stakes post position draw beginning at 11 a.m.

HRTV's Westrock Coffee First Call will emanate from Belmont with one-hour shows Friday through Sunday. On Wednesday night, there will five half-hour specials on the Triple Crown beginning at 8:30 p.m. Eastern.

On-air talent that will be at Belmont include Scott Hazelton, Richard Migliore, Aaron Vercruysse, Jeff Siegel, Zoe Cadman, Peter Lurie, and Caton Bredar.

- additional reporting by Mike Wesch