News & Notes: Trinniberg Set for Season Debut in Swale
By Jack Will
Trinniberg Set for Season Debut in Swale
Shivananda Parbhoo’s Trinniberg was an accomplished 2-year-old in New York stakes races last season after an impressive career debut victory at Calder in July, and is set to resume his career in Saturday’s $150,000 Swale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park in his first start since a disappointing seventh-place finish in the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.
“That wasn’t Trinniberg that day,” said Shivinanda Parbhoo, who manages his family’s horses with his father Bisnath Parboo as the trainer. “He didn’t like the track at Churchill. I thought we might be in trouble after he worked three furlongs from the gate there the week before (37 2/5).
“He’s training good now with blinkers off and this looks like the right spot and distance for him to come back. We’re looking to try him longer down the road.”
The son Teuflesberg set a torrid early pace in the Juvenile Sprint (:20 4/5 opening quarter) and was a length off the half-mile in 44 2/5 before tiring to seventh behind Secret Circle. He will run with ‘blinkers off’ in the Swale.
A $21,000 OBS April 2-year-old purchase, Trinniberg was an impressive career debut winner at Calder in July before joining the family’s small division racing in New York last summer along with older sprint stakes star Giant Ryan, who ran eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) after winning the Vosburgh Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park with Force Freeze second.
After a fifth-place finish in the Saratoga Special (G2) in his second start, Trinniberg ran a strong second at 68-to-1 behind Currency Swap in the Hopeful Stakes (G1) on a ‘sloppy’ track in early September, and earned his chance in the Breeders’ Cup with another good effort when second in the Nashua Stakes (G2) at Belmont in early October.
Ward Prepares to Assume New Duties with Kentucky Commission
Trainer John Ward is overseeing the training of his small stable of horses just as he has been doing with great success for the past 40 years.
The 66-year-old native Kentuckian will surrender his training license at the end of the month, however, to give back to his home state’s thoroughbred industry that has been so good to his family for generations. Ward, who reached the summit of the thoroughbred world in 2001 by saddling Monarchos for a Kentucky Derby victory, will assume his new duties as executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on April 1.
“I’ve got tremendous experience, not only on the training side of it, but I have a lot of experience as far as the administration of the racing rules. I’ve been on the Kentucky Racing Commission three different times,” said Ward recently during a break at Palm Meadows Training Center. “I’ve put a lot of time into the business to make it healthy and keep it moving forward.”
With deep roots in the Kentucky racing industry, Ward could seem uniquely qualified to lead the commission.
“I’ve made a lot of friends and acquaintances, so I think it will help me move racing forward quicker,” said Ward, a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in agricultural economics. “Sometimes that’s where the problem is, there’s no communication between the different groups in racing.”
In addition to Monarchos, who won the 2001 Florida Derby at Gulfstream before capturing the Run for the Roses, Ward trained the great mare Beautiful Pleasure, the 1999 Breeders’ Cup Distaff and Eclipse Award champion.
Currently, Ward is training Dancingherdreams, the nearly white 4-year-old mare who recently won an allowance race in her 2012 debut at Gulfstream. A stakes-winner at 2, the daughter of Tapit went winless last year, although she did finish second in both the Forward Gal (G2) and the Davona Dale (G2) at Gulfstream Park.
“She’s been training good. Last year, she had to be kept with a pony. Now, she gallops by herself. She’s still tricky and hard to manage, but she’s doing good and (jockey) Edgar Prado was happy with her,” Ward said. “Everyone is going to ask where’s she’s going next. We’re going to look for another spot around two turns to really give her some confidence,” Ward said. “I don’t think she’s ready to jump into a Grade 1.scenario. That would be a little to quick for her.”
When John Oxley’s Dancinginherdreams races next, it’s likely that his wife, Donna, who was so instrumental in the success of Beautiful Pleasure, will be listed as her trainer.
“Mr. Oxley said we can play out the hand. So if everything works right, she’ll pick up the conditioning of Dancinginherdreams,” Ward said. “All of those things are going to be reviewed by the state of Kentucky’s ethics board, and so we’re going to get a clear-cut decision on what can happen and can’t happen inside the state of Kentucky.”
Castellano Among Gulfstream-Based Jockeys to Tampa Saturday
Leading Gulfstream Park jockey Javier Castellano will make a one-day trip to Tampa Bay Downs Saturday for the mount on Stonestreet Farm and George Bolton’s undefeated 3-year-old Spring Hill Farm for leading Gulfstream trainer Todd Pletcher in the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G2).
Castellano is among seven Gulfstream-based jockeys with mounts in the Tampa Bay Derby along with Luis Contreras (Prospective), Manoel Cruz (Golden Ticket), Paco Lopez (Chief Energy), Jose Lezcano (Cozzetti), Julien Leparoux (Battle Hardened) and Jeffrey Sanchez (Ravelo’s Boy).
Spring Hill Farm has won both of his career starts at the Gulfstream meet.