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2011 Vosburgh Stakes

Giant Ryan takes his walk down Victory Lane after the Vosburgh.
Date: 10/01/2011

The $350,000 Vosburgh Stakes (G1) is the major eastern prep for the Breeders' Cup Sprint. A field of 8 older horses contested this 6 furlong main track event, with Trappe Shot sent off as the even-money choice off his close second in the A.G. Vanderbilt (G1) at Saratoga after winning the True North Handicap (G2) at Belmont. In to challenge him included 2-1 second choice Euroears, winner of the Bing Crosby (G1) at Del Mar last out, and 7-1 third choice Force Freeze, off his win in the Teddy Drone Stakes at Monmouth Park.

Giant Ryan leads down the stretch

Jockey Cornelio Velasquez sent 12-1 Giant Ryan immediately to the lead and he set quick fractions of 22.10 and 44.36 over the muddy track while being stalked by Force Freeze the whole way. Giant Ryan led the field into the lane, still holding on to a 1 1/2 length advantage at the furlong marker through 5/8 in 56.28. Force Freeze attemped to close on the pacesetter but Giant Ryan easily held him off by 1/2 a length to win in 1:09.10. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to late-running 11-1 Caixa Eletronica third, while favorite Trappe Shot finished another 1/2 length back in fourth.

Check out the other races on the card: Jockey Club Gold Cup, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, The Beldame, The Flower Bowl Invitational, and Kelso Handicap.

 #  Horse              Jockey          Win  Place   Show
 5  Giant Ryan         Velasquez     26.40  10.00  6.70 
 2  Force Freeze       Lopez                 8.30  5.80 
 1A Caixa Eletronica   Lezcano                     4.00 

Winning Time:  1:09.10

$2 Exacta  5-2            213.50
$2 Trifecta 5-2-1       1,176.00
Results Chart

Left: Giant Ryan in the winner's circle. Trainer Bisnath Parboo said, "He not only was 2-for-2 on the wet track. He is 2-for-2 in 2011 at Belmont. 2-for-2 at Calder. He was already qualified for the Breeders' Cup 'Win and You're In' with the Smile. This is the 8th race for the year. He needed a break after the Smile."

Right: Giant Ryan returns after the race. Owner Shivananda Parbhoo added, "If he couldn't lead, he'd sit second. This is his home track. He loves Belmont Park. I will keep him here for a week or 2 and then he will ship directly to Churchill Downs. He will leave 3 weeks before the Breeders' Cup. This was to see if he could compete with the best horses."

Left: Giant Ryan in the post parade. His jockey Cornelio Velasquez said, "My horse likes the sloppy track. He broke fast and wanted to go to the lead. I had a lot of horse at the top of the stretch. It's been a long time since he ran but he tries hard every time. I've had a lot of luck with him (5-for-5)."

Right: Second place finisher Force Freeze returns after the race. His trainer Peter Walder said, "He ran a monstrous race. Paco (Lopez) said if he liked the track a little bit, he thinks he would have caught (Giant Ryan). Other than winning, I couldn't be happier. I just can't win a race here. The last 3 horses that I ran finished second. There's no reason why he shouldn't be (in the Breeders' Cup Sprint). He deserves a chance. This was the toughest field he had all year. He proved he belonged here."

Left: Third place finisher Caixa Eletronica returns after the race. The 11-1 shot trailed early under new jockey Jose Lezcano, then rallied late to get third beaten just 2 lengths at the line. The Todd Pletcher trainee improved his record to 15 wins, 7 seconds, and 9 thirds in 46 starts, earning $464,705 for owner Repole Stable (Mike Repole).

Right: Beaten favorite and fourth place finisher Trappe Shot in the post parade. His trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said, "We got squeezed a little bit at the break. Basically, (John Velazquez) said they weren't coming back. Speed held up. He didn't run that bad. When you're even money, it's disappointing. It seems like it's always something with the track or this or that. The same thing happened last time. It's just tough. He's such a good horse. It's a shame. We'll regroup and figure out what to do from here."

Check out the other races on the card: Jockey Club Gold Cup, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, The Beldame, The Flower Bowl Invitational, and Kelso Handicap.

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