06/12/2012 3:46PM

Giant Ryan's surgery for True North injury pushed back

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.”

Rose Dixon More than 1 year ago
He actually was standing in the ambulance went he went by us we were past the finish line..I am sad to read this as I thought he was to have surgery to fix his ankle
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Wanted it to be possible to save him... Owner called Welsch with the news. Thanks to all and I do mean that...
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
I hope that someone, somehow can get all these messages to Pops and let him know how large his Family has grown. Namaste'
demzenyatta More than 1 year ago
PLEASE, keep us updated on Giant Ryan, hope everything goes well for him and all of you who are there with him! God Bless
Sean O More than 1 year ago
If you were by the finish line, you probably thought he was put down. Our section was sitting further up the stretch & saw him walk in. Good to hear the news...saw the erroneous report & was bummed out.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
I'm happy to hear he's ok. I watched that race and was horrified. I know he was transported and not euthanized. Pls keep us posted.
Mary Adkins-Matthews More than 1 year ago
thank goodness for the great connections that are looking out for this boy and doing the right thing for him ... prayers to all! We love you Giant Ryan
Liz C More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the update. I was there and have been worried about it since. I think after watching that I am done with horse races for a while. Too traumatic.
Angie Albarez-Alberts More than 1 year ago
Wow one horse breaks down in front of you and you're done? I have been around horses my whole life and I thank GOD every day for the life lessons learned. I wonder what you would do if you were to see an animal down from tripping in a gopher hole? Now that is traumatic!!
Constance Periwinkle More than 1 year ago
Maybe some of us are a bit more sensitive, but if you are an animal lover, witnessing ANY animal suffer a serious injury is definitely traumatizing, especially a beautiful, majestic horse. I too was at the race, but by some miracle, I had decided to take a walk just beforehand (had I been seated, this would have occurred right in front of me). I didn't learn of the accident until later that evening. I pray that Ryan makes it to surgery and recovers without too much difficulty... as we all know this will be his most tremendous feat to accomplish. I wish him, and his owners the very best.
julien richards More than 1 year ago
Prayers for Giant Ryan and all the "Trini Connections"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope you're ok Ryan. Hang in there! There are thousands of people hoping you get better.
Jill Hoffmann More than 1 year ago
Thanks for update on Giant Ryan; I have been checking and checking for news; worried about how he could make the trip to Pa, then worried about everything else; we have good/fair Rx in human medicine for similar circulation problems; a difficult task, but would assume that state of the art Bolton Center would also be the same; will take it step by harrowing step and continue to hope for the best, prayers for all involved.