Updated on 04/24/2012 11:58AM

2012 Kentucky Derby: Trinniberg in, Reveron injured and out

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Bob Coglianese
Trinniberg has been sprinting, but will attempt to stretch out from the seven furlongs of his most recent win in the Bay Shore to the 1 1/4 miles of the Kentucky Derby.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The most noteworthy Kentucky Derby news on Saturday came out of the unlikeliest of locations. Down at Calder Race Course in south Florida, the connections of Trinniberg confirmed their intentions to run in the Derby, and potential starter Reveron dropped out of the race due to an injury sustained during a routine morning workout.   

Shivananda Parbhoo, the owner of Trinniberg, said he only placed a 15 percent chance on going to the Derby immediately following his speedster’s victory in the Bay Shore two weeks ago. But on Saturday, Parbhoo said that, barring any late developments, he now fully intends to run Trinniberg in the Derby.

“We’re going to take a shot at the Derby,” said Parbhoo. “I love how he’s training. I like the fact that one of the other speed horses in the field, Secret Circle, has dropped out and it’s a one-time dream.”

Trinniberg, runner-up in the Grade 1 Hopeful at 2, has opened his 3-year-old campaign with convincing victories in the Grade 2 Swale at Gulfstream Park and Grade 3 Bay Shore at Aqueduct, both of which were run at seven furlongs.

“Obviously we don’t know what to expect regarding the distance,” said Parbhoo. “I also know there is a lot of speed still in the race. But I know we can rate him the way he’s been training and I don’t think he’ll even be on the lead in the Derby.”

Parbhoo, who cancelled a scheduled work for Trinniberg at Calder on Friday, said, if there is no more rain this weekend, he would work his horse on Monday and likely ship to Churchill Downs later in the week.

Reveron was just one spot away from making the Derby field when he worked a mile in 1:46 and change over a very sloppy track at Calder on Saturday. But shortly thereafter, trainer Agustin Bezara discovered his star had sustained a hairline fracture of the left front ankle, all but ending his 3-year-old campaign.

“He’ll be out four to six months,” said Bezara. “It’s not a career-ending injury, but it couldn’t have come at a worse time. I’ve been training horses for a long time and have been through this kind of thing before. But this was the Derby and I was really looking forward to the opportunity to starting my first Derby runner.”

With Reveron out, Isn’t He Clever becomes the next horse to get into the Derby field if there is a defection amongst the top 20 graded stakes earners eligible for the race.

[KENTUCKY DERBY WORKOUTS: Latest updates, Mike Welsch’s video reports]

There were three Derby workouts on Saturday, none of which came at Churchill Downs. At Keeneland, Went the Day Well went six furlongs in 1:14.45 and galloped out seven-eighths in 1:28.04 under jockey  John Velazquez.

“He’s not a flashy work horse, that’s him,” said Graham Motion, who trains Went the Day Well. “That’s why I had Johnny work him, to make sure he got enough out of the work.”

At Laurel, Illinois Derby winner Done Talking breezed a half- mile in 49.64 seconds before galloping out five furlongs in 1:02.60 with his regular rider Sheldon Russell aboard. Trainer Hamilton Smith was pleased with Done Talking.

“He did it easy and came back to the barn bouncing,” Smith said. “It was exactly what I was looking for. I am not worried too much about the time. We are going to do more with him next week.”  

At Hollywood Park, Rousing Sermon drilled seven furlongs in 1:27.20. 

Rob Beaudoin More than 1 year ago
This is another Keyed Entry. If the king's bishop was tomorrow he would be the favorite, the BC sprint, he'd be no worse than 3rd choice, instead, they are going to run in the derby, go 44.4 to the half, and get beat 40 lengths. Then he'll come back to the barn a totally different animal. Ruined Forever. But hey, you ran in the derby.........GYPS!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I told everybody that Mine That Bird didn't belong in the Derby. He made me look bad. I'll never say that about another horse again.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
You are NOT the first guy to get burned by Borel and also not the last! Be proud Dude put your name to it!
Justin More than 1 year ago
Hanson and Trinniberg will duel it out guranteed but as far as this race going to the closers i disagree. the other speed (bode, ill have another, take charge indy with BO-Rail in the saddle) have all proven they can come off the pace and rate . and this years closers all suck. sabercat, done talking, rousing sermon, and dullahan are all very unassuming. the only 1 with any real credentials is dullahan who looks like a horse for the course to me (only 2 wins @ kee with perfect trips). Dullahan seems like this years wise guy horse. the stalkers like creative cause, gemologist, union rags all will be forwardly placed and get first run at the speed. the only closer with a punchers chance is daddy nose best. hes won on all surfaces, hes not a deep closer like the rest of'em, gotta a great jockey/ trainer, is workin lights out and is impeccably bred.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do agree that this colt's presence insures an honest pace. Bodemeister will have to earn it. His presance probably cut Bodemeister's chances in half, if not more than half. I wanted to bet against Bodemeister already, but this makes it easy. I need to see some more works, but Union Rags stamped himself a contender off his latest work. Another colt that has impressed me is Daddy Nose Best. He just has a top-rated work, although I haven't seen it. But I have seen him beat colts who got perfect trips. I am always impressed by that. I love how he finishes. With this pace scenario, he should be right in the thick of things in the stretch. At the right number, too.
Eric Gardner More than 1 year ago
Glad to see Trinniburg run. This should clear out all of the Cheap Speed. Not to mention, his owner probably got a very valuable "Handshake" from one if not all of the Closers' owners.
Rob Beaudoin More than 1 year ago
He is the definition of cheap speed. Horse sold for 1,500 at one point. He will get beat 30 lengths....Guranteed!!
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
derby fever strikes again,i feel this sire line ha been cursed with derby fever for a long time,storm cat,was a nice horse and great sire but just not a derby horse,hennesy was a very fast horse and a great sire just not derby material,johannesburg was a champion unbeaten 2 yo he ran 8th in the derby,teuflesberg was a very good miler sprinter who was tough as nails,but not a deby horse he finished 17th,teuflesberg is very much like is predecesors,talented, speedy,tough,and promising as a top class miler sprinter,allowing history to repeat itself is puzzling,teuflesberg and johannesburg were never the same after the derby and were retired shortly thereafter,i understand that this horse has gotten scary good as a 3yo,but the derby is run at a mile and 1/4, not 7 furlongs,you would expect trainers to have a little common sense,especialy after admiting the have doubts about the horses staying ability,''i dont want to ruin a very good horse by running him at a distance he cant handle",well you are,and thats what derby fever does.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Trinni and his trainer, who also trained one of last year's top sprinters, Giant Ryan, who was voted top NY Bred of 2011. However, I concur 100%. He made the same mistake with Giant Ryan when he shipped him across the world to run over a surface he has ever even worked over, let alone run over. To compound matters, he had never run ANY horses over synthetic footing either! Zero experience. At 8-1 in Dubai, he was a HUGE underlay. I hate to see them risking this horses future needlessly. If Trinni were to get an uncontested lead in a slow time, maybe he could survive the experience no worse for the wear, but that's unlikely. Trinni has looked so good in the last two races, with blinkers off, relaxing beautifully. I like how Trinni runs, and I think he deserves a chance to see what he can do going longer, but there was plenty of time for that down the road. Nobody goes from 7 furlongs to a mile and a quarter. Not Frankel. Not Whittingham. Pure lunacy.
Gigi,Willie More than 1 year ago
Let's do what we have to do and not worry about what others said or think , this is horse racing anything can happen , let's have faith on our horse and the rest will come in place" safe trip everyone " enjoy the derby 2012 " Willie
Mooch J More than 1 year ago
Sprinter, more speed, good
Diane Henkel More than 1 year ago
What about El Padrino? Is he one of the 20 horses?
PETER More than 1 year ago
A bad break for Reveron. He appeared to be rounding into a nice colt. Isn't He Clever is next in line for the starting twenty! Its a shame for this colt hasn't a chance and he along with at least 7 other potential starters will just clog the field at the far turn. Congrats to Graham Motion for not ducking the rain. Rousing Sermon would do his connections very well in races of less status than the Derby. Trinniberg? One of the seven as i mentioned. Distance is my only concern with this colt. If he can be rated and the lead is quick, perhaps a late rush.