07/09/2011 5:43PM

Calder: Giant Ryan rallies to win Smile

Jim Lisa
Giant Ryan, with Cornelio Velasquez riding, wins the Smile Sprint Handicap.

MIAMI - A year ago, Bisnath Parboo was a relatively unknown trainer struggling to make it on the New York circuit with fewer than career 15 winners on his résumé. Now, Parboo could be headed to the Breeders' Cup after his Giant Ryan rallied to a neck victory over Irrefutable in the $350,000 Smile Sprint Handicap, a Breeders' Cup Challenge event for the BC Sprint.

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The Grade 2 Smile gave Giant Ryan, a New York bred-son of Freud, his fifth straight victory. The win was also the biggest and most important by far for Parboo who trains Giant Ryan for his son Shivananda Parboo.

Giant Ryan rated just off the pace of Irrefutable while saving ground under jockey Cornelio Velasquez, angled off the rail rallying into the stretch, then wore down the leader in the closing strides. Irrefutable set a modest pace of 22.39 and 45.52 seconds for the opening half-mile while racing off the inside rail, angled back down near the fence once settling into the stretch and just failed to last.

Noble's Promise, the 3-2 favorite, raced within easy striking distance and was gaining on the top pair at the end. Royal Tricon, How's Your Halo, and This Ones for Phil rounded out the complete order of finish.

Apriority was scratched earlier in the day because of a foot abscess.

Giant Ryan completed six furlongs in 1:11.34 over a racetrack upgraded from sloppy to "good" following the seventh race and paid $7.40.

"He's the type of horse who likes to see another horse next to him, and I knew at the top of the stretch he would win," said the younger Parboo. "We ran him in New York against statebreds this winter to get his confidence back, but he's been training at Calder since October and running in this race was our plan all along."
Shivananda Parboo said the Grade 1 Vosburgh could be Giant Ryan's next major objective and his final prep before the Breeders' Cup.

Carry Back: Indiano, with ease

Indiano proved a prompt favorite and gave trainer Marty Wolfson his third victory in four years in Calder's $200,000 Carry Back Stakes with a convincing three-length victory over California invader Smash in the Grade 2 dash for 3-year-olds.

Indiano, a son of Indian Charlie owned by Stud El Aguila, benefited from a dream trip under leading rider Luis Saez, stalking the contested pace of longshots Bulaga and Silver Cloud before taking command with a three-wide run entering the stretch. Indiano quickly drew well clear and was never threatened thereafter. Smash dropped back to last in the run down the backstretch, swung wide and finished willingly to be second, a length in front of Cal Nation.

Indiano completed six furlongs in 1:10.60, the fastest time of the four Graded stakes decided on Saturday's Summit of Speed program. He paid $3.40.

"I just told the jock to get the jump on Smash," said Wolfson, who won the 2008 Carry Back with Golden Spikes and last year's edition with Coffee Boy. "He was the only horse I was worried about."

Wolfson said Indiano would likely make his next start at Saratoga but declined to pinpoint a definite race for the Chilean-bred, who has won 7 of 10 career starts.

Azalea: Devilish Lady gets head in front

Devilish Lady registered the most important victory of her career when she outgamed White Merlot by a head to capture the Grade 3 Azalea for 3-year-old fillies. My Pal Chrisy, the longest price on the board at 49-1 was third.

California ship in May Day Rose, the 3-5 favorite, finished a badly beaten fourth.

Devilish Lady is trained by Antonio Sano for the Cairoli Racing Stable. She ran six furlongs in 1:11.70 and returned $21.40.

"I knew this was a difficult race today, but I have a lot of faith in this filly," said Sano who is currently the leading trainer at the Calder meet. "Her last race wasn't really her distance" - one mile -- "and she wasn't in top condition like she was today. She'll get a short rest while we think about her campaign, but we'll consider going to Saratoga."