By Dick Downey
Trinniberg raced to the front soon after the start of the Grade II Swale Stakes and was never threatened in the seven-furlong test, coasting under the wire six lengths in front of 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 and paid $17.20 to win while timed in 1:21:69.
Ever So Lucky, the 6-5 favorite, finished an even third, a length behind the runner-up.
Willie Martinez, who had worked with Trinniberg when he was in Kentucky last fall, flew in for the mount.
A $21,000 OBS April 2-year-old purchase by Teuflesberg. He's out of Bella Dorato, by Goldminers Gold. He was bred in Kentucky by J M Stables, Inc. Shivananda Parboo is the winning owner.
Trinniberg won his career debut at Calder in July and earned a chance in the Breeders’ Cup after finishing second in the Grade II Hopeful Stakes and Grade II Nashua Stakes.
Ever So Lucky made his first start since finishing second in the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs in late November for trainer Jonathan Sheppard.
Following Ever So Lucky across the finish line were Silver Menace, Good Morning Diva, Bahamian Squall, Quick Wit, Motor City, Seve and Musical Flair.
Shivananda Parbhoo (owner Trinniberg and manager of family stable) – “We knew we were in trouble when he worked before the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Sprint)…that he just wasn’t Trinniberg. 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.”
Willie Martinez (Trinniberg): Unexpectedly, we were out without much pressure. We knew (Hello Prince) had tactical speed. This horse was a speedball 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.”
Trainer Jonathan Sheppard (Ever So Lucky): “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.”
Trainer Ian Wilkes (Motor City): “We got started, like I said going in. I’m not making excuses but the track doesn’t help us here. The horse went to the front and kept going. They (the order of horses) don’t change complexion – 1:08, 1:21 and no one backs up. But that’s racing. We got started, and I don’t want to take anything away from the winner. He ran a good race.”