Trained by Marty Wolfson, Indiano is the lone graded-stakes winner among the Giant Ryan field, having won the Grade 2 Carry Back Stakes as part of the 2011 Summit of Speed program. The son of Indian Charlie also captured the Unbridled Stakes and the Eillo Stakes last year before finishing his season with third-place performances in the $250,000 Gallant Bob at Parx Racing and the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector at Gulfstream Park.
Close It Out, an allowance winner earlier in the meet, enters the Giant Ryan off consecutive third-place efforts in both the Smile and the $75,000 Ponche Handicap. The Steve Towne trainee is a two-time winner in nine starts over the Calder main track and has quietly amassed over $200,000 in earnings during his 19-race career.
A homebred son of Closing Argument, Close It Out will start from post seven in the Giant Ryan and will be ridden by Jose Angel Garcia.
An open-length winner in each of his first three career starts at Calder last year, Artefacto was shut down following a failed stakes-attempt at Churchill Downs in November. The son of Officer returned to make his seasonal debut in the Smile, and while he was never a match for the five-length winner that day, the colt missed second-place money by a nose when passed by both Indiano and Close It Out in the final jump.
Trained by Saffie Joseph, Artefacto starts from post five on Saturday under regular rider Fernando Jara.
The competitive nature of the Giant Ryan does not end with the three aforementioned horses as four of the remaining six entrants exit last-race victories.
Populating that list is New Life Stable, Inc. and Equus Racing Stable’s Abdel’s Ghost, a winner in four of his last six starts including a four-length local triumph on June 17; Annabel and William Murphy’s Duty Blues, second to Abdel’s Ghost in that June 17 allowance but a 3 ¾-length winner when returning July 7; Shivananda Racing’s King Ghidorah, a July 1 allowance winner when returning from a nearly nine-month layoff; and Brenda Tabraue and Andreas Farm’s Angelofdistinction, a 3-year-old that beat older allowance horses on July 21.
Completing the field for the Giant Ryan is Hot Scot Racing Stables’ Loch Dubh and Sandra Brown’s Two Is to Many.
Post time for the Giant Ryan, which is scheduled as the 11th race on a 12-race card, is set for approximately 5:32 p.m.