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Trinniberg Likely to Bypass Derby; Derby Trial New Target

Tags: Trinniberg, Racing News | April 15, 2012

With the final round of major prep races for the Kentucky Derby completed on Saturday, the Calder-based multiple graded stakes winner Trinniberg sits in 17th place in the latest graded-stakes earnings list. But even with his spot in the Derby starting gate seemingly assured, owner Shivananda Parbhoo has indicated that his colt is likely to pass the race.

 “Right now I’m 85 percent not going to the Derby,” Parbhoo said on Sunday morning. “But I could reach 100 percent pretty soon. The way the horse is feeling right now, he’s doing so well, I don’t want to run him over his head. He’s a nice three-year-old with so many options the rest of the year. I don’t want to ruin him.”

 While those mid-to-late season options could include such races as the Grade 2 Woody Stephens at Belmont Park on June 9 and the Grade 1 King’s Bishop at Saratoga August 25, the next option for the recent Grade 3 Bay Shore winner could be the $200,000 Grade 3 Derby Trial at Churchill Downs, run at the distance of one mile on April 28.

 “We’ll work him some time between the 18th and the 20th, and then we’ll look at the Derby Trial as the next logical spot,” Parbhoo said. “I think the one-mile distance of that race is perfect for him. And it’s a way to stretch him out a bit, without asking too much of him.”

 Following a possible start in the Derby Trial, Parbhoo hinted that Trinniberg could still make a Triple Crown appearance in Baltimore, contesting the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes on May 19. But even that option appears to be fading somewhat from the owner’s mind.

 “The Preakness could still be a goal, but a lot of that would depend on how he ran in the Derby Trial,” Parbhoo said. “If we decide to run (in the Derby Trial) and he was to win that race really easy, then we might look at the Preakness. But right now, my thinking is that I’d really like to keep him at seven furlongs to one mile.

“Believe me, I want to go to the Derby; the day we bought our first horse, our dream was the Derby,” Parbhoo continued. “But it’s not about me, it’s about the horse. I won’t ruin a really nice horse just to say I ran a horse in the Kentucky Derby.”


Longtime racing official Andy Camac passed away late Saturday night. Camac served as the Calder stakes coordinator from 1993-2011, overseeing the growth and development of a stakes program that included the upgrading of the Princess Rooney Handicap to Grade 1 status in 2006, making it the first race granted Grade 1 status at Calder.

Prior to his work as stakes coordinator, Camac was a member of the starting gate crew at Calder. Camac also served in all racing office capacities at Gulfstream Park, Hialeah, and numerous other racetracks across the country.

A memorial in his remembrance will be held in the Calder winner’s circle in the upcoming weeks. Details on that service will come available in the next week.


Brooklyn Farm and M and M Racing Stables, LLC’s Homeboykris won the first leg of the Calder Starter Series on Saturday, edging away from Wiki in the final yards to prevail by a neck.

With the victory, Homeboykris earned the winner’s share of a $50,000 purse along with six points, putting the Grade 1 winning 5-year-old atop the series standings. Upon completion of the series, the trainer of the horse with the most points will receive a $5,000 bonus.

The Calder Starter Series continues on April 28 at one mile on turf before returning to the dirt at one mile and 70 yards on May 12. The series will conclude over 1 1/16 miles of turf on May 26.