Grade 2 Bay Shore winner Trinniberg, along with stablemate and Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen fifth-place finisher Giant Ryan, have begun their journey back to their home base at Calder where each will take steps toward an ambitious campaign set by owner Shivananda Parbhoo and trainer Bisnath Parboo.
“Both horses got on a van (in New York) at 4 a.m. this morning and we expect them to arrive some time early Tuesday morning,” Parbhoo said. “I had the option of flying both of them, but they both travel so well by van, and that’s really the way I prefer to ship my horses.”
A maiden winner in his career debut at Calder last July, Trinniberg began to gain some national attention last autumn with second-place finishes in the Grade 1 Hopeful and Grade 2 Nashua before ending his season with some disappointment when seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint.
But after returning to win the Grade 2 Swale by six lengths in his 3-year-old debut, followed by his recent three-length victory in the Bay Shore, Parbhoo has begun to develop grandiose plans for the son of Teuflesberg, including a likely tour of the Triple Crown trail, starting with the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby on May 5.
“I’m still not sure what direction we’re going with him yet,” Parbhoo said. “But I plan on making a decision early next week after the final round of prep races this weekend. Right now we’re 17th (in graded stakes earnings) and I want to see where we stand before I really get down to making a decision.”
But with the Derby clearly stated as a possible goal, Parbhoo has mapped out the next couple of weeks for Trinniberg, with the initial focus looking to be an assault on Louisville, and a trip to Baltimore and the Preakness appearing to serve as backup.
“Right now, the plan is to just get him down here, get him back in his stall, and then let him out on the track to gallop and stretch his legs,” Parbhoo said. “If we choose to run in the Derby, we’ll give him a work 10 days before the race. Then we would ship him to Churchill eight days out. If we don’t run him in the Derby, it’s going to be the Preakness for sure.”
Both the Derby and the Preakness will present a new challenge for Trinniberg, as the colt has never competed in a race at a distance beyond seven furlongs, much less around two turns. But Trinniberg’s performance in the Bay Shore, and more specifically his effort after the wire, has Parbhoo convinced that his colt can cover a route of ground.
“After the race, he galloped out to the five-eighths and did it well, while the rest of the field pulled up on the turn,” Parbhoo said. “But he galloped out strong. (Jockey) Willie (Martinez) even needed the outrider to help gather him up."
It was that gallop-out that stuck with Parbhoo long after the race was won, the winner’s circle picture was taken, and the colt was back resting comfortably in his Aqueduct stall.
“That was the most encouraging thing to me about the race; the way he galloped out. I just loved it,” Parbhoo said. “Honestly, going into the race, I wasn’t really all that concerned about whether he’d win or not; I knew he would win. But I made sure to tell Willie to give him a strong gallop-out, and he did.”
While Trinniberg clearly hinted at potential last year when twice stakes-placed in New York, Parbhoo credits a recent equipment change for the colt’s apparent ascent up the 3-year-old ladder this year.
“Ever since we took blinkers off (for the Swale), he’s been a changed horse,” Parbhoo said. “And in that race Saturday, you could see that he was never headstrong. He was comfortable and always within himself. And he always looked like he had a full tank of gas. So I don’t believe going two turns is going to present a problem.”
Despite being slightly overshadowed by Trinniberg and the hype that comes with having a Triple Crown-type horse, Parbhoo’s other stable star Giant Ryan has returned from his trip to Dubai in good order and will soon embark on a mid-season campaign that will focus on a pair of local stakes before course is set for the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita in November.
“He came back from Dubai in great shape, so we’re lucky,” Parbhoo said. “We’re just going to let him get re-acclimated to his surroundings and point him towards the two races he won down here last year (the Ponche Handicap, to be run June 9 and the Grade 2 Smile Sprint, to be run July 7).
“He’s a nice horse, so we won’t have to do too much to get him ready. We’re very proud with the way he ran for us in Dubai, and the long term goal is to try the Breeders’ Cup (Sprint) again. I think he’ll love the dirt out in California.”