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Giant Ryan breaks ankle

Updated: June 9, 2012, 9:24 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Giant Ryan broke his left front ankle while battling for the lead in the True North Handicap at Belmont Park on Saturday, crumbling to the ground in an ugly scene that took place in front of thousands of fans in the grandstand at Belmont Park.

The breakdown happened about three hours before Union Rags won the Belmont Stakes.

Larry Bramlage, Belmont's on-call veterinarian, said Giant Ryan suffered a sesamoid fracture and ligament damage. He said the horse was comfortable ...

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