The plan for Shivananda Parbhoo was to have his two Breeders’ Cup hopefuls, Giant Ryan (Sprint) and Trinniberg (possible for Juvenile Sprint), work on Thursday morning, but he moved them up with rain in the forecast at Churchill Downs.
With a light drizzle, the track was rated wet-fast. “I didn’t know the track would be so good this morning,” Parbhoo said. “I sent (Trinniberg) out early (for excercise) without company....”
After the break, Giant Ryan breezed an easy three furlongs on his own with exercise rider Sabastian Garcia aboard in :39.20 (2/4). Clockers got Giant Ryan in :12.60 for the first eighth of a mile and galloping out a half-mile in :53.60.
“I just wanted him to get used to the track, and I told the rider to really slow him down and not go too fast,” Parbhoo said. “The next work next week is more important. He’ll go a half-mile and gallop out a strong five-eighths.”
Giant Ryan will enter the Sentient Jet Sprint on a six-race win streak that is highlighted by victories in the Grade II Smile Sprint Handicap and the Grade I Vosburgh.
As for Trinniberg, he will have company tomorrow morning for a key half-mile work under Willie Martinez.
“He will breeze the best he can, and show me what he is all about,” said Parbhoo, who would have to ante up $100,000 to supplement Trinniberg to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint. “I am in it to win, not run second. If he is not up to the standard to win, he’s not going.”
Trinniberg is nominated to the Grade III Iroquois on Oct. 30. He finished second in his most recent start in the six-furlong, Grade II Nashua, and prior to that was second in the Grade I Hopeful.
--Edited Churchill Downs release with additional content by Dick Downey