Shivananda Racing’s Eclipse Award champion sprinter Trinniberg, winner of the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, put in his first recorded workout since returning from Dubai, where he finished 11th in the $2 million Golden Shaheen, covering five furlongs in 1:02.40 over a fast track at Calder Casino & Race Course Wednesday morning.
“After the race in Dubai, he was going crazy in his stall; he was feeling so good,” trainer Shivananda Parbhoo said of the colt’s demeanor, which prompted an earlier-than-expected return to the track. “And when we got him to back Calder, he was doing so well, that we decided to take him out to gallop.
“Once he got on the track, he was all business; it’s like he was telling us that he wanted to get back to work.”
With instructions to start the Wednesday work “nice and easy,” Trinniberg began his move at a steady gallop before gathering momentum with designs on a strong finish and gallop-out.
“I was very happy with the way he went,” Parbhoo said. “I was more concerned with how he finished than the overall time, and the last two furlongs is all I was really interested in. I got his half in 50 and two, and the five-eighths in 1:02 and change, so he basically came home in 12, which is what I wanted.
“And if you saw the work, I’m not sure you would have known it was a work, because he was really galloping most of the way.”
With Trinniberg’s first post-Dubai workout officially logged, Parbhoo has now turned his attention to mapping out a series of races that will get the son of Teuflesberg prepared and at his peak for a Breeders’ Cup title defense at Santa Anita in November.
“I’ve got two races I’m looking at between now and July,” Parbhoo said. “The first is the Churchill Downs on Derby Day, and the second is the Smile Sprint the first weekend in July.
“I wish the Churchill race wasn’t coming up so quick, because I’d like another week or two, but at the same time I don’t want to sit that race out and wait for the Smile.”
With entries for the Churchill Downs to be taken in just two weeks on Wednesday, May 1, Parbhoo will have little time to mull over a decision on whether to run his champion colt.
“The plan is to breeze him again next week, either Wednesday or Thursday depending on the weather,” Parbhoo said. “And if everything goes according to plan, we’ll go to Kentucky.”
TRINNI HEART TO BIG DRAMA; WOODY STEPHENS POSSIBLE
Trinni Heart, an emerging star in the Parbhoo stable, also worked Wednesday morning, drilling a bullet half-mile in :47.60 in preparation for an April 27 appearance in the $55,000 Big Drama Stakes at Calder.
“He’s still learning,” Parbhoo said of the colt that broke his maiden in his sixth career start at Gulfstream Park on April 11. “He has some trouble changing leads at the right time, but the way he went this morning, changing leads when he is supposed to, picking up his head, and just going; I think he’s going to be a real nice horse.”
The Big Drama is run at six furlongs, and with a good performance in that race, Parbhoo has already targeted the Grade 2 Woody Stephens at Belmont Park on June 8 as a potential late-spring goal.
“If he’s going to be that kind of horse, I think he’s going to show us that in the Big Drama,” Parbhoo said. “From there, I think getting the seven-eighths (distance of Woody Stephens) won’t be a problem.”
Parbhoo won the Woody Stephens in 2012 with Trinniberg.