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Trinniberg Becomes Fourth Eclipse Award Winner in Three Years From Calder

Tags: Trinniberg, Racing News | January 22, 2013

Saturday’s announcement that Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Trinniberg won the 2012 Eclipse Award as champion sprinter marked the fourth time in the last three years that a horse based primarily at Calder Casino & Race Course was presented with one of thoroughbred racing’s most coveted awards.

“It was a wild ride the whole year, and we held on,” trainer Shivananda Parbhoo told the Trinidad and Tobago Express one day after accepting the award. “It's unbelievable. It's really big, and I am speechless.”

A local maiden winner in 2011 that crossed the Calder stable gate a total of 14 times during his championship season, Trinniberg competed eight times at eight different tracks in 2012, with his lone start at Calder coming in the Grade 3 Carry Back Stakes where he was beaten a neck when finishing second to Fort Loudon.

Despite making just one local start, the colt did much of his preparatory work over at Calder, leaving his home in barn 76 to make a multitude of morning appearances on the Miami Gardens track to tune-up for out-of-town races such as the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, and Grade 1 King’s Bishop.

With his Eclipse Award triumph as top sprinter, Trinniberg joins a list of recent Calder-connected year-end honorees that includes 2011 champion female sprinter Musical Romance, winner of that year’s U Can Do It, Barb’s Dancer, and Ema Bovary Stakes; 2010 champion sprinter Big Drama, who won the Grade 2 Smile Sprint and the Ponche Handicap during his award-winning campaign; and 2010 champion 2-year-old filly Awesome Feather, a four-time stakes winner at Calder that swept the 2010 Florida Stallion Stakes.