04/05/2012 3:12PM

Aqueduct: Trinniberg sticks to sprinting in Bay Shore

Bob Coglianese
The seven furlongs of the Bay Shore should be ideal for Trinniberg, who won going the same distance in the Swale at Gulfstream Park.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – The connections of Trinniberg appeared to have cured themselves of any case of Derby fever before it became fatal.

With Trinniberg coming off a six-length victory in the Grade 3 Swale Stakes at Gulfstream four weeks ago, it would not have been surprising had owner Shivananda Parbhoo and his father, the trainer Bisnath Parboo, opted to stretch their 3-year-old out in distance in a race like the Wood Memorial or Illinois Derby to see if they had a Kentucky Derby horse.

Instead, they opted to keep Trinniberg sprinting for now, running him in Saturday’s Grade 3, $250,000 Bay Shore Stakes going seven furlongs at Aqueduct.

“I think we should take it one day at a time,” Parboo said. “We’re not anxious to go nowhere special, just make him happy and to make him happy seven-eighths is the right thing.”

Trinniberg, a son of Teuflesberg, was second to Currency Swap in the Grade 1 Hopeful last summer going seven furlongs and went gate to wire in the Swale, also at seven furlongs.

Though he showed his customary speed in the Swale, Trinniberg was much more relaxed on the front end, according to Parboo, because of the removal of blinkers from his equipment.

“A lot of difference,” Parboo said. “He’s more relaxed.”

Parboo said the Swale performance, for which he earned a 99 Beyer Speed Figure, did not surprise him.

“He was training well. He’s very nice,” Parboo said. “He does what we ask him. Same thing for Saturday, he will give a good account of himself.”

Trinniberg, who will be ridden by Willie Martinez from the rail Saturday, may find some company on the front end with Perfect Trippi and How Do I Win in the field.

If a pace duel develops, Trinniberg will have to fend off the late-runners led by Hardened Wildcat, King and Crusader, and Copy My Swagger.

Hardened Wildcat, a gelded son of Hard Spun trained by Chad Brown, has won three consecutive races and came with a strong stretch run to take the Fred “Cappy” Capossela Stakes by nearly two lengths on March 10. He earned a 98 Beyer Speed Figure for the effort.

King and Crusader came from off the pace to take the six-furlong Jimmy Winkfield Stakes over the inner track before finishing eighth in the Grade 3 Gotham going 1 1/16 miles.

Copy My Swagger also cuts back in distance after running a good second to Street Life on the front end in the Broad Brush Stakes at 1 1/16 miles. He has twice finished behind Hardened Wildcat in sprint races over the inner track.

Maan went 2 for 2 sprinting before finishing last in the Gotham.

Phil Dancer, who has not run since winning first-level allowance at Parx on New Year’s Day, completes the field.


Bay Shore S. (G3), Post Time: 4:38 ET Saturday

Purse: $250,000; 7 furlongs





ML Odds



B. Parboo

W. Martinez



Perfect Trippi

D. Romans

C. Nakatani



Copy My Swagger

D. Jacobson

D. Cohen



Phil Dancer

R. Reid, Jr.

C. Velasquez



King and Crusader

R. Dutrow, Jr.

M. Luzzi



Hardened Wildcat

C. Brown

J. Alvarado




E. Kenneally

J. Castellano



How Do I Win

T. Pletcher

J. Velasquez