Six days after declaring his horse Trinniberg doubtful for the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, owner Shivananda Parbhoo has altered course, indicating that he is now likely to send his two-time graded-stakes winning son of Teuflesberg to Louisville for the race.
“You want to know the reason,” Parbhoo asked lightheartedly when questioned about his decision to reroute the colt to the Derby. “Secret Circle. When he came out of the race (due to a reported sesamoid injury), that’s what did it for me. With him out of the race, I know there isn’t another horse in the race with the kind of speed my horse has.”
Trinniberg and Secret Circle met in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint at Churchill Downs, a race where Trinniberg made the early running through a swift first quarter in :20.96 before yielding the lead, and ultimately the race, to Secret Circle. But with that rival out of the Derby, Parbhoo thinks this trip to Louisville can end differently.
“We’ll know after the first half-mile what the result will be,” Parbhoo said, indicating how important the early stages of the Derby will prove for his colt. “We’ll know, the jockey will know, and the rest of the field will know. I’m not worried about anyone else in the race if my horse gets in front.”
And while pre-race strategy for the Derby would seem to suggest that Parbhoo will have Trinniberg on the lead, the owner has begun working his horse in company in hopes of teaching the colt to be comfortable around and behind other horses.
“We’ve been taking him to the track with a couple other horses from our barn,” Parbhoo said. “And we keep him behind those horses before letting him run. And he doesn’t even budge. We put a horse right next to him, and it doesn’t bother him a bit. But that comes with maturity. He used to be a little jumpy; he was a little high-strung. But very little seems to bother him anymore.
“Look, I’m just like everybody else in the race,” Parbhoo said when challenged again on his decision to change course and run Trinniberg in the Derby. “I have a real nice horse with four legs that can run. We’re no different from any of the others. And it’s a once in a lifetime dream to run in the Derby.”
REVERON’S DERBY DREAMS DASHED
Stipa Racing Stable, Inc.’s Reveron was withdrawn from Kentucky Derby consideration after a left fore condylar fissure was detected Saturday morning following a one-mile workout in 1:46 over a sloppy track at Calder Casino & Race Course. The injury leaves champion Venezuelan trainer Agustin Bezara, in just his third year training horses above the equator, without a starter for this country’s most prestigious race.
“I don’t know how I’m supposed to feel,” Bezara, speaking through an interpreter, said reflectively. “It was a dream of mine to run a horse in the Derby, but I have to accept what happened. There is nothing that can be done about it now.”
Reveron, runner-up to Take Charge Indy in the Grade 1 Florida Derby, was scheduled to board a Sunday flight to Louisville where the colt, currently 23rd in the graded-stakes earnings list but a likely Derby starter due to recent defections, was to prepare for a start in the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby.
“He was flying up (to Louisville) tomorrow, so we wanted to work him this morning,” Bezara said. “And he worked good; almost too good. We brought him back to the barn and everything was perfect. Then, about 25 minutes later, while we were giving him a bath, we noticed something wasn’t right with his front left. We had him x-rayed and it came back showing a fissure near the ankle.
“At first, we thought it might be a fracture, but that’s not the case,” Bezara continued. “It’s a fissure; and that’s a big difference. He’ll be able to make a full recovery, and hopefully we can get him back to the races in a few months. But we’ll let him tell us when he’s ready to take that step.
“He’s done so much for me, he deserves a rest, and that’s what he’ll get now.”
SERVICE TO BE HELD FOR FALLEN RACING OFFICIAL
A memorial service in memory of longtime racing official Andy Camac, who passed away late April 14 at Hospice by the Sea in Ft. Lauderdale, will be held in the Calder winner’s circle at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 26.
Camac worked as stakes coordinator at Calder from 1993-2011, and prior to that he was a member of the starting gate crew. Camac also served in all racing office capacities at Gulfstream Park, Hialeah, and numerous other racetracks across the country.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to His Place Ministries Chaplaincy, an organization that assists stable area workers.