SWALE STAKES | PURSE: $150,000 | 3-YEAR-OLDS | GRADE 3 | 7 FURLONGS
Shivananda Parbhoo's Trinniberg is a colt to be reckoned with in the major three-year-old sprints later this year after an impressive 2012 debut in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Swale at Gulfstream Park. Making his first start since November and racing without blinkers for the first time, the son of Teuflesberg assumed command at the start, led by a length through splits of :22 3/5 and :45, and exploded through the stretch to win by six lengths under Willie Martinez. Final time for seven furlongs over a fast track was a sharp 1:21 3/5. Trinniberg, sent off at 7-1, returned $17.20, $9.60 and $6.40.
Hello Prince, the second longest shot on the board at 45-1, chased the winner from second throughout and maintained that position to the wire. He had a length up on Ever So Lucky, the 6-5 favorite making his first start since a second-place effort in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club on November 26.A half-length farther back in fourth was Silver Menace, who was followed under the wire by Good Morning Diva, Bahamian Squall, Quick Wit, Motor City, Seve and Musical Flair.
A debut winner at Calder last July by 5 3/4 lengths, Trinniberg was fifth, beaten 26 lengths, in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special in the slop in his next outing. He encountered the same track conditions in the Grade 1 Hopeful on Labor Day, but fared much better to be a stubborn second to Currency Swap at odds of 68-1 after leading most of the way. He occupied the same position after a similar run in the Grade 2 Nashua at Belmont Park, but went way too fast in the inaugural Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint at Churchill Downs in his most recent outing. Pressured by eventual winner Secret Circle through an opening quarter of :20 4/5, Trinniberg made a steady retreat to finish seventh in the nine-horse field.
"We knew we were in trouble when he worked before the Breeders' Cup (Juvenile Sprint) that he just wasn't Trinniberg," Shivananda Parbhoo said. "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."
With this initial stakes win, his record now reads 6-2-2-0, $191,300.
Trained by Bisnath Parboo, Trinniberg was bred in Kentucky by J M Stables and sold for $21,000 as the OBS April Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training. He was produced by the stakes-placed Bella Dorato, a daughter of Goldminers Gold, and is now the first stakes winner produced in the past four generations of his family. This female line once yielded Cavalcade, who captured the 1934 Kentucky Derby.