06/14/2012 5:01PM

Giant Ryan, champion New York-bred, euthanized

Tom Keyser
Giant Ryan won 8 of his 16 starts and more than $600,000.

Giant Ryan, who fractured both sesamoids and suffered vascular damage to his left front ankle during the running of last Saturday's Grade 2 True North Handicap at Belmont Park, was euthanized Thursday afternoon after signs of laminitis began to set in, owner Shivananda Parbhoo said.

Giant Ryan was at the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa. where doctors had hoped to operate on him. However, that operation never occurred because of the signs of laminitis.

"There was nothing that I could do or that they could do," Parbhoo said. "And we didn't want him to suffer anymore."

Giant Ryan was the 2011 New York-bred Horse of the Year - as well as statebred champion older male and champion sprinter - after winning 6 of 9 starts, including the Grade 1 Vosburgh at Belmont and Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder. For his career, Giant Ryan, a son of Freud, won 8 of 16 starts and earned $626,841. He was trained by Bisnath Parboo, the father of Shivananda.

Shivananda Parbhoo said Giant Ryan's death was a big blow to him and his family.

"I don't know if I could watch another race without worrying what could happen," he said. "We look at racing in a different way now.

"Ryan was unbelievable to us," he added. "This hit us really, really hard. We loved this horse more than anything. This is a sentimental loss for the whole family. It's very, very sad."

Giant Ryan, a 6-year-old son of Freud, was pressing the pace in the True North when he began to break down and was pulled up at the eighth pole by jockey Willie Martinez.

Giant Ryan was vanned off the track and taken back to his Belmont Park barn. He shipped to New Bolton on Monday, but could not be operated on because there was insufficient blood flow to the ankle, Parbhoo said.

Parbhoo said that Giant Ryan developed a blood clot that had to be attended to before surgery could be performed. But that surgery was unable to take place when signs of laminitis began to surface late Thursday morning.

Parbhoo said he and his family received tons of messages from horsemen and fans.

"We want to thank everybody for their support," Parbhoo said.