Updated on 06/09/2012 7:59PM

Belmont: Trinniberg gets back to winning in Woody Stephens

Barbara D. Livingston
Trinniberg, with Willie Martinez riding, outruns his rivals in the Woody Stephens.

ELMONT, N.Y. - A day that owner Shivananda Parbhoo described as "bittersweet, more bitter than sweet," ended up on an upbeat note when the speedy Trinniberg led from start to finish in the Grade 2, $400,000 Woody Stephens Stakes, which was run two races after Parbhoo's older sprinter Giant Ryan suffered a serious injury in the True North Handicap on Saturday at Belmont Park.

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"Ryan is the love of the family," said Parbhoo, who trains Trinniberg, 3, and Giant Ryan along with his father, Bisnath Parboo. "We do this for fun. You're not supposed to fall in love with them. But no matter what, you fall in love with them. We'll see what happens. It's extremely devastating."

Giant Ryan fractured both sesamoid bones in his left front leg, and sustained severe vascular damage, according to Dr. Larry Bramlage, the on-call veterinarian with the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Parbhoo said Giant Ryan was in a cast back at his barn, but he had not had sufficient time to evaluate the horse because he needed to hurry back and run Trinniberg. The celebration after the Stephens was muted.

Trinniberg ($7.70) was anything but muted in the Stephens, in which he was the favorite. Displaying his trademark early speed, he flew from the gate under regular rider Willie Martinez, took the track from Currency Swap, and set fractions of 22.30 seconds for the opening quarter-mile, 44.73 seconds for a half-mile, and 1:08.78 for the first six furlongs en route to a final time of 1:22.26 for seven furlongs on the fast main track.

Trinniberg prevailed by 1 3/4 lengths, with Currency Swap 1 3/4 lengths in front of third-place Il Villano. Hardened Wildcat was fourth and was followed, in order, by Bourbon Courage, Hierro, Isn't He Clever, Power World, Laurie's Rocket, and Brian.

"I think I will keep him short," said Parbhoo, who ran Trinniberg in the Kentucky Derby in his previous start. He tired in that race to finish 17th of 20, but rebounded in style on Saturday and has now won three of his last four starts and 4 of 9 overall.

"He came out of that race really good," said Parbhoo, who credited Martinez with protecting Trinniberg in the Derby when the cause was lost. "I think I will keep him short."

Trinniberg finished second to Currency Swap last year at Saratoga in the Hopeful Stakes. Their rivalry may continue at Saratoga this summer in the King's Bishop Stakes, like the Woody Stephens a seven-furlong race.