Saturday, September 01, 2012

Parbhoo Puzzled by Trinniberg’s Performance

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (August 31, 2012) – Less than a week after Trinniberg’s disappointing ninth-place finish in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop, owner Shivananda Parbhoo was still perplexed as to what caused his colt to uncharacteristically give way with an eighth of a mile left to run in the seven-furlong dash.

“After the race, I felt there had to be a reason my horse didn’t run like he usually does,” Parbhoo said. “So I had the vet look him over again and again, I had him x-rayed, and I had all the blood work done on him, and everything came back clean.

“We even scoped him twice. Once after the race, which came back good, but I still wasn’t convinced so I called the vet and asked him to come back to the barn and we scoped him again; and it was still good.”

Trinniberg took his usual spot at the head of the field in the King’s Bishop, guiding the group through splits of :22.28, :45.13, and 1:09.24 before beginning his retreat.

“He did lose both of his back shoes during the race,” Parbhoo said. “And he was shoed a little different than usual, so maybe that’s the reason. But we have to just put that race behind us and move forward.”

Parbhoo was uncertain as to what race will come next for Trinniberg, although he remained firm in his goal of pointing the 3-year-old towards the Breeders’ Cup in November.

Trinniberg, a three-time graded stakes winner this year with victories in the Grade 3 Swale, the Grade 3 Bay Shore, and the Grade 2 Woody Stephens, returned to Calder on August 28 along with American Legend, a horse Parbhoo claimed at Saratoga for $35,000, and Nick Rules.


The race for leading trainer at the Calder Meet will go down to the wire Friday as a three-win day on Thursday for Kirk Ziadie and a two-win afternoon for Giuseppe Iadisernia put the two conditioners in a tie atop the table with 28 wins at the meet.

Ziadie was perfect on the afternoon, winning with all three of his starters, taking the first race with Lottie Rose, the fourth with Eowyn’s Ring, and the fifth with He’s Spectacular. Off those three victories, Ziadie hit the midway mark of Thursday’s card with a two-win advantage over Iadisernia, who returned by when capturing the sixth with Reflejo and the ninth with Federal Exchange.

Iadisernia will be represented by five runners on the Friday card, including starters in each of the last two races of the day, while Ziadie sends out three.


While the race for leading trainer could come down to the final race on Friday, leading jockey and leading owner at the Calder Meet were wrapped up weeks ago by Luis Saez and Frank C. Calabrese.

Saez entered the final day of the Calder Meet with 125 wins, 59 victories more than his nearest pursuer. The 2012 Calder Meet riding title will be the third straight for Saez and his fourth overall championship having been crowned leading rider at the 2011 Tropical Meet.

Calabrese, leading owner at the Tropical Meet in 2011 and 2010-11, and runner-up at the 2011 Calder Meet, had 39 winners from 118 starters entering Friday’s races, which was good for a 24-win lead in the owner’s table.


Starting with the Saturday, September 1, opening day of the Tropical Meet, first race post time at Calder will be 12:30 p.m.

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