06/12/2012 2:46PM

Giant Ryan's surgery for True North injury pushed back

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Barbara D. Livingston
Giant Ryan won Belmont's Grade 1 Vosburgh last fall.

Giant Ryan’s surgery to repair the severe injuries he sustained during the running of Saturday’s Grade 2 True North Handicap at Belmont Park has been postponed from Monday to Thursday at the earliest, owner Shivananda Parbhoo reported Tuesday.

Giant Ryan fractured both sesamoid bones and suffered vascular damage in his left front leg after breaking down nearing midstretch in the True North. Parbhoo shipped Giant Ryan to the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center late Sunday evening.

“As of now the operation has been delayed until they can improve the blood flow in Giant Ryan’s leg,” said Parbhoo, whose father, Bisnath Parboo, trains the horse. “The doctors said they need to break up some blood clots in the leg that are causing the problem. They are treating Ryan with medication and are hoping the issue can be resolved within the next two days.”

Parbhoo said Giant Ryan, winner of Belmont’s Grade 1 Vosburgh last fall, was doing “unbelievable” under the circumstances.

“Once the blood flow is good, that’s the whole key right now,” said Parbhoo. “If the doctors can get that resolved, they seem confident the surgery on his leg will be successful.”

Reports that Giant Ryan had already been euthanized appeared on the New York State Racing and Wagering Board’s website on Monday. Parbhoo said he only learned of the erroneous reports early Tuesday afternoon.

“I haven’t wanted to read anything about the race or talk to anybody about the incident since it happened, but somebody just told me about the reports that Ryan had been euthanized on the track less than an hour ago,” said Parbhoo. “I guess because they put the curtain up around him on the track, some people believed he was being put down. They did not actually see him walk onto the horse ambulance after being fitted with a cast to be transported back to the barn.”