06/11/2011 2:46PM

Calder: Giant Ryan wins Ponche, Smile Sprint will be next

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Giant Ryan scores his first win outside of New York in Saturday's Ponche Handicap at Calder.

MIAMI - Giant Ryan, who had never won a race outside his native New York, erased that blemish from his record when cruising to an easy 4 3/4-length decision over longshot Royal Tricon and six others in the $75,000 Ponche Handicap, the highlight of Saturday’s Summit of Speed Preview card at Calder.

Giant Ryan, who showed little in a pair of optional claiming races this winter at Gulfstream Park, displayed new life upon returning to New York where he reeled off three straight victories, including an overnight statebred stakes at Aqueduct. Despite carrying highweight of 122 pounds in the six-furlong Ponche, Giant Ryan was able to stalk the pace of Sir Edgar, move readily to command into the stretch and then draw off to an easy win under jockey Willie Martinez.

Royal Tricon lagged early, swung wide into the stretch and despite failing to change leads down the stretch outfinished Hear Ye Hear Ye to be best of the rest. The top trio were followed in order by Sir Edgar, Leavenworth, How’s Your Halo, and Peace at Dawn.

Giant Ryan completed six furlongs in 1:10.65 seconds and paid $3.20.

“We’ve had him in New York for most of his career because he was a New York-bred and to build his confidence,” said winning trainer Bisnath Parboo. “Now he can run in any class.”

Parboo said Giant Ryan would be pointed for the Grade 2 Smile Handicap on July 9.

U Can do It: Musical Romance doubles up

Musical Romance made it back-to-back sprint stakes victories when rallying up the rail to a three-quarter-length triumph over Indulgence in the six-furlong, $75,000 U Can Do It Handicap. Musical Romance had won the 5 1/2-furlong Ema Bovary Stakes in her previous start.

Under a beautifully judged ride by regular jockey Juan Leyva, Musical Romance rated about five lengths off the leaders while saving ground, found ample room on the fence launching her bid turning for home and outfinished Indulgence. The latter took the overland route after lagging well back during the early stages of the U Can Do It, finished strong but could not reach the winner. Diosa Indian was third.

Musical Romance paid $4.80 as the 7-5 favorite in a scratch-reduced field of six fillies and mares. Final time for the distance was 1:11.23.

“She’s won at every distance and surface you can imagine,” said Bill Kaplan, who trains and also owns Musical Romance in partnership with the Pinnacle Racing Stable. “She’s just remarkable. She got a great trip. Juan knows her well and showed a lot of patience.”

Kaplan said if all goes well, Musical Romance would point for the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap on July 9.

Unbridled Stakes: Indiano earns shot in Carry back

Indiano rallied to a 4 1/4-length win over longshot Megalith in Saturday’s $75,000 Unbridled Stakes, stamping himself an early contender for the Grade 2 Carry Back Stakes on the July 9 Summit of Speed program.

Manicero, the second choice in the wagering behind the winner, finished fourth but was disqualified and placed sixth for interfering with Dual Exhauzt near midstretch.

Indiano, who earlier this winter finished second behind the odds-on Travelin Man in the Grade 2 Swale at Gulfstream Park, sat a perfect trip under Luis Saez in the six-furlong Unbridled. Rating just off the pace, Indiano took command midway on the turn while still in hand, shook free when roused in early stretch, then extended his lead under steady urging.

Megalith outlasted Close It Out by a short head to finish second in the field of seven 3-year-olds.

Indiano finished in 1:10.68 over a fast track and paid $3.80. His victory was trainer Marty Wolfson’s fourth straight in the Unbridled; he also won in 2008 with Golden Spikes, in 2009 with You Luckie Mann, and last year with Coffee Boy.

“He really hasn’t gotten a fair shake,” said Wolfson from Belmont Park, where he saddled Cherokee Queen in the Grade 1 Just A Game later Saturday afternoon. “He caught Travelin Man in the one race, and the mile at Churchill [Derby Trial] is probably a little too far.”

Leave Me ALone: Beso Grande proves she is for real

In the $75,000 Leave Me Alone, Beso Grande proved her narrow victory in the French Village Stakes here last month was no fluke when she came right back to outgame Bessie M. by a head following a stirring, stretchlong battle.

The Leave Me Alone was the final major local prep for the Grade 3 Azalea here July 9.

Beso Grande saved ground behind the early leaders, eased three wide to commence her bid under jockey Luis Jurado on the turn, hooked up with Bessie M. in early stretch, and narrowly prevailed following a long drive. Bessie M. got first run at the pace-setting White Merlot, held a short advantage into the stretch, dug in when challenged by Beso Grande, and just missed. It was another five lengths back to the tiring White Merlot.

Beso Grande ran six furlongs in 1:11.65 and returned $6.

“It looks like she’s best going one turn, and we’ll stick with what she’s best at and take the next step to the Azalea,” trainer Steve DiMauro said.