Shivananda Racing’s multiple graded stakes-winning 3-year-old Trinniberg returned to the Calder work tab Wednesday morning to put forth his first morning move since a disappointing ninth-place finish in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop at Saratoga, drilling a half-mile bullet in :47 over a track listed as wet fast.
“I’m very happy with the way he worked this morning,” owner and trainer Shivananda Parbhoo said. “And he came back good; he dove right into his feed tub and within 10 minutes it was gone.”
After finishing second in the Grade 2 Carry Back Stakes at Calder, Trinniberg shipped to Saratoga for his start in the King’s Bishop, a race described by Parbhoo as the main mid-season goal for the son of Teuflesberg.
After taking his customary position on the lead through relatively reasonable splits of :22.28, :45.13, and 1:09.24, Trinniberg folded inside the final furlong and dropped back to finish ninth, causing some concern for Parbhoo.
“I’m still confused about what happened that day,” Parbhoo said. “I know that in this game you are going to lose races, but it’s frustrating because it happened in one of the bigger races we had pointed for and it doesn’t appear that anything was wrong with him. I had him checked out over and over again, and nothing was wrong. Even today, after the breeze, we had the vet look him over completely, and he appears to be as good as ever.”
Parbhoo indicated that an appearance in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita in early November remains on the docket for Trinniberg, who is likely to have one prep race before making the trip west.
“That’s still the plan,” Parbhoo said of Trinniberg’s expected autumn trip to California. “He’ll have one more race before then, but I haven’t put much thought into which one it will be. He’s going to have to show me that he’s ready for California. And when he does, we’ll definitely be going.”
MUSICAL ROMANCE MAKES WEDNESDAY MORNING APPEARANCE
Also hitting the Calder work tab on Wednesday morning was Eclipse Award champion female sprinter Musical Romance, who covered five furlongs in 1:00.20.
The move was the third for the Bill Kaplan-trained daughter of Concorde’s Tune since her winning run in the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap on July 7.
Kaplan has suggested that he may train Musical Romance up to her title defense in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, although the opportunity for a local prep race will come on October 6 when Calder hosts the $55,000 Mike Sherman Memorial, an overnight sprint-stakes for fillies and mares going 6 ½ furlongs.
JUVENILE FILLIES TO TAKE THURSDAY SPOTLIGHT
The Thursday feature at Calder, which goes as race eight, is a six-furlong entry-level allowance for 2-year-old fillies that drew a field of nine, seven of which exit last-out victories; six having won by three lengths or more.
Perhaps the most promising filly of the group is Monarch Stables, Inc.’s The Royal Boot, who has a pair of victories on her résumé, breaking her maiden by 10 ¼ lengths on June 1 before returning with a 6 ¼-length victory against starter allowance rivals on August 25.
Likely to challenge The Royal Boot for sprinting supremacy on Thursday is Juan Francisco Landaeta and Brenda Tabraue’s Talent N Passion, who was seventh when debuting in the Desert Vixen Stakes but has since returned to break her maiden by 6 ¼ lengths; Westbury Stables, LLC’s Believe in Charlie, a 3 ¼-length winner at first asking; and Monsan Racing Partnership, LLC’s Touch Magic, who was unveiled to a 5 ½-length victory.