Giant Ryan stole the show at the New York Thoroughbred Breeders' annual awards banquet April 2, winning top honors as 2011 New York-bred Horse of the Year, champion older male, and champion male sprinter.
- Dark Bay or Brown Colt
- Born 2009
|Trainer||Rudy R. Rodriguez|
|Breeder||Sugar Maple Farm|
|Swag Daddy View Five-Cross Pedigree||Scat Daddy||Johannesburg|
|Mrs. Filio||Eastern Echo|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Nancy Ross||Paramount Sales, agent||$72,000|
|Two-year-old||Ian Brennan, agent for Eric Fein||Niall Brennan Stables, agent||$170,000|
Alpha is the heavy favorite for the $200,000 Withers (gr. III), which replaces the Whirlaway Stakes as the first of three New York preps leading up to the Triple Crown. The Feb. 4 race is now at two turns on the inner track.
Top spot on the leading first-year sire list came down to New Year's Eve read blog