Giant Ryan update: Surgery on hold
Grade 1 Vosburgh Stakes winner Giant Ryan, who fractured both sesamoids in his left foreleg during Saturday’s running of the G2 True North Handicap at Belmont Park, remains at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa., but has yet to have surgery on the injured leg.
A 6-year-old son of Freud out of Kheyrah, by Dayjur, the New York-bred Giant Ryan is owned by Shivananda Racing and is trained by Bisnath Parboo. He was battling for the lead at about the eighth pole in the True North when he sustained the injury.
Dr. Dean Richardson, chief of large animal surgery at New Bolton, said the procedure to fuse the fetlock joint has been delayed because of concerns about the blood supply to the damaged area.
Following is the full statement from Dr. Richardson: “Giant Ryan fractured both sesamoid bones in his left front fetlock. He was supposed to have a surgical fusion of the fetlock joint, a procedure that would allow him to retire to become a breeding stallion.
“The surgical procedure has been delayed because of concerns about the blood supply to the damaged part of the limb. Treatment is being given in an effort to restore the blood supply so that the fusion surgery can be safely performed at a later date.
“He is comfortable and stable but we will need to do further tests assessing his injured limb before we proceed with any surgery.
“The owners are anxious to do whatever is necessary to help him.”