HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Shivananda Parbhoo’s Trinniberg raced to the front soon after the start of the $150,000 Swale Stakes (G2) Saturday at Gulfstream Park and never appeared to be threatened in the seven-furlong test, coasting under the wire six lengths in front of Rey Wan Racing’s 45-to-1 longshot Hello Prince.
Trained by the owner’s father Bisnath Parboo, Trinniberg was making his first start since a disappointing seventh-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint at Churchill Downs. He raced with ‘blinkers off’ in the field of 10 3-year-olds and paid $17.20 for $2 to win while timed in 1:21:69 over the fast track. Augustin Stable’s 13-to-10 favorite Ever So Lucky finished an even third, a length behind the runner-up.
“We knew we were in trouble when he worked before the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Sprint) that he just wasn’t Trinniberg,” said Shivananda Parbhoo.
“Maybe he didn’t like the track, but when he went the first quarter in 20 (4/5) I knew it was all over. No horse can do that.
“We sent him to the farm and gave him time off. We’ve been planning for some time to take the blinkers off and I think it made a big difference. He was really relaxed out there. At some point we’ll probably try him going longer, but I really don’t have anything planned for him right now.”
Jockey Willie Martinez, who had worked with Trinniberg when he was in Kentucky last fall, flew in for the mount Saturday and said after the race: “Unexpectedly, we were out there without much pressure. We knew the five-horse (Hello Prince) had tactical speed.
“This horse (Trinniberg) was a speed ball last year which is why they took the blinkers off. He’s going to be a horse to watch this year. He’ll definitely be able to stretch out. I don’t know how far he’ll be able to go, but he’ll get there quickly.”
A $21,000 OBS April 2-year-old purchase by Teuflesberg, Trinniberg won his career debut at Calder in July and earned a chance in the Breeders’ Cup finishing second in the Hopeful Stakes (G2) at Saratoga in early September and Nashua Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park in early October.
Ever So Lucky was making his first start since finishing second in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs in late November after the son of Indian Charlie posted an impressive debut victory there earlier that month for trainer Jonathan Sheppard.
Sheppard said after the Swale: “We are very happy. Obviously, you like to win, but we hadn’t really been training him for speed like that. We’ve been trying to get a good bottom under him for longer races and two-turn races. I thought it was a very good effort. He galloped out really well.”
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