01/17/2009 12:00AM

Giant Ryan carries family hopes


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Two years ago, Bisnath Parboo and his family enjoyed 15 minutes of fame as the owners of Johannesburg Star, who earned a big-figure maiden win as a 2-year-old but who fizzled out at 3. Parboo reportedly turned down a seven-figure offer for the horse, who never won again after earning a 102 Beyer Speed Figure winning an inner-track maiden race by 9 1/2 lengths in December of his 2-year-old year.

Parboo, 69, is now training a stable of his family's horses and the goal is still to get a good horse, perhaps one good enough to get on the Triple Crown trail. Their hopes for this year are on Giant Ryan, a New York-bred son of Freud who has the look and pedigree of a sprinter, and who brings a two-race winning streak into Monday's $65,000 Jimmy Winkfield Stakes at Aqueduct.

Giant Ryan is one of 12 horses Parboo has stabled in Barn 61 at Belmont Park. Parboo - who spells his name differently than some other members of his family - is assisted by Phil Scott, who spent 27 years working with the Dutrow family, most recently as an assistant for Tony Dutrow.

According to Shivananda Parbhoo, Bisnath's son, the primary reason that Bisnath became a trainer was cost. Shivananda Parbhoo said that the family could afford to have twice as many horses than if they hired a trainer. They have previously employed Joe Parker and Barclay Tagg.

"The chance of getting to the Kentucky Derby - which is something we want to do - is better if we have 10 horses than if we have five," Shivananda Parbhoo said Saturday by phone from Florida, where he owns a trucking company.

Bisnath Parboo trained in Trinidad before his family moved to North America several years ago. When the family decided to get into the racing game here, they noted there were several differences between how the game was run.

"There are less rules in Trinidad," said Shivananda Parbhoo, whose father was in Trinidad on Saturday. "Here, everything's different, even the condition books. We eventually learned."

In hiring Scott as an assistant, the family retained a horseman who learned under Richard Dutrow Sr. Scott rubbed King's Swan, who became known as the King of Aqueduct.

Scott said Giant Ryan is certainly the best horse in his care. Scott felt Giant Ryan should have won first time out, but that a mishap at the gate might have made jockey Victor Santiago gun-shy.

Giant Ryan won a statebred maiden race by 5 1/4 lengths on Nov. 29, then came back two weeks later and beat the highly regarded Heir to the Stone in a first-level statebred allowance race over the inner track.

"I didn't think he put out all he had," Scott said about the colt's maiden win. "He acted like he wanted to go over there again, so I said let's run him back in 14 days."

In the Winkfield, Giant Ryan - owned by Bisnath's granddaughter Sherry Parbhoo and named for her son Ryan - will be stepping out of New York-bred company for the first time, but Scott believes it's time to start finding out how much quality the horse has.

"Monday's the test," Scott said. "He's going to get a chance against open-company horses on Monday and I hope he does the right thing. I hope makes us happy."

Belated return for On With It

In addition to the Winkfield, Aqueduct's Monday card also includes the $65,000 Kashatreya Stakes for New York-breds going six furlongs.

On With It ended his 3-year-old season on a three-race winning streak and makes his first start off an 80-day layoff for trainer Linda Rice. On With It last raced on Nov. 30, winning a statebred second-level allowance race by 4 1/4 lengths while running six furlongs in 1:08.85 and earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 98.

Rice said she entered On With It in an overnight stakes in December, but the race didn't fill.

"I'd rather not have quite as much time between races, but he's doing well," said Rice, who trained the gelding's mother, Rosie O'Greta.

On With It has a versatile running style and should be well-served by his outside post. There is ample speed to his inside, including Scary Bob and Be Bullish. A strong early pace would assist Gold and Roses, Mor Chances, and Good Card.

Seventh Street to risk streak in Fritchie

Seventh Street, winner of three consecutive races for Darley Stable, is being pointed to the Grade 2, $150,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park on Feb. 14, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said.

A daughter of Street Cry, Seventh Street has won her last three starts by a combined 16 3/4 lengths, including a Jan. 8 allowance race at a mile, her first time beyond six furlongs. The Barbara Fritchie is run at seven furlongs around one turn.

"She might be best at seven, you don't know," McLaughlin said.

Another New York horse who may head to the Barbara Fritchie is Awesome I Am, a filly trained by John Terranova who won the Restored Hope Stakes here on Jan. 2.

* Underground Hero, the 8-5 favorite in Saturday's second race, had to be euthanized after suffering an injury to his right knee, according to track veterinarians. The 3-year-old son of Mineshaft is the third horse to have suffered a fatal injury during the races here since Jan. 1.