Updated on 11/03/2012 8:20PM

Breeders' Cup Sprint: Trinniberg keeps focus in stretch to outlast The Lumber Guy

Jenny Burgos
Trinniberg, under a confident ride from Willie Martinez, wins the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Despite having lost three consecutive races and taking on older horses for the first time, Trinniberg saved his best performance for the biggest stage, outlasting The Lumber Guy by three-quarters of a length to upset Saturday’s $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita.

[BREEDERS' CUP 2012: Saturday results and video replays]

Trainer Shivananda Parbhoo’s decision to put blinkers back on Trinniberg for the first time since his 2-year-old season appeared to be the key to the Florida-based colt’s success in the six-furlong Sprint. With regular jockey Willie Martinez riding a flawless race, the 13-1 Trinniberg stalked the pace of Sum of the Parts, put his head in front entering the stretch, edged clear nearing the eighth pole, then withstood a final try from The Lumber Guy. Smiling Tiger rallied mildly to finish third.

Amazombie, the defending Sprint champion, raced within striking distance but had no rally and finished eighth as the tepid 7-2 favorite.

Trinniberg and The Lumber Guy were the only two 3-year-olds in the Sprint field.

The victory was the first for Trinniberg since he captured the Grade 2 Woody Stephens at Belmont Park on June 7. The win was also the first in a Breeders’ Cup race for the 24-year veteran Martinez.

A son of Teuflesberg owned by Sherry Parbhoo, Trinniberg paid $29.40 after completing the distance in 1:07.98 over a very fast track.

“I could almost bet my life he’d be in front at the eighth pole, but from the eighth pole to the wire he’d been losing his focus, so that’s why I decided to put blinkers back on again,” said Parbhoo whose father, Bisnath Parboo, was the trainer of record for Trinniberg through his ninth-place finish in the Grade 1 King's Bishop this summer at Saratoga. “He ran with blinkers as a 2-year-old, I took them off, and he ran super good without them. But as he got older he got a little smarter and I figured he needed a change to get some of his focus back.”

Parbhoo also said Trinniberg has flourished since he’s come to California.

“Calder is an amazing track to train on and a big plus for this horse all year,” said Parbhoo. “But since he’s gotten here, he’s totally a different horse. He’s never looked this good.”

Parbhoo said Trinniberg could return to Santa Anita for the Grade 1 Malibu on Dec. 26.

Martinez said winning a Breeders’ Cup race meant the world to him.

“You dream it, you feel it, but to actually taste it is a whole different thing,” said Martinez. “I never lost confidence in
Trinniberg.  I knew we were taking on a challenge going against older horses, but I figured if I was one-two turning for home we’d be tough to beat. The blinkers made a big difference.”

Mike Hushion had mixed emotions about The Lumber Guy’s second-place finish in the Sprint.

“I thought he was going to get him at the eighth pole,” said Hushion. “He fired big time so I’m happy, but I’m disappointed at the same time that we didn’t win.”

Philip D'Espyne More than 1 year ago
Triniberg is owned by Trinbagonians...I saw him run to victory on this day.
HandicapperErni More than 1 year ago
Trinniberg was amazing taking down his olders and winning that BC Sprint. Great ride by Willie Martinez aboard this one. The Lumber Guy came in 2nd and a nice try by Smiling Tiger to get 3rd. Disappointing that last year’s winner Amazombie didn’t hit the board and certainly isn’t the same horse from last year. Others that disappoint include Coil and Capital Account both Bafferts didn’t fire. So I think Trinniberg should be strong enough to win the award for Outstanding Sprinter this year.
edb More than 1 year ago
I had Trinniberg boxed with 4 other horses. I'm still waiting for the others to hit the board. Nice win and great ride. It is good to see a derby horse still able to run at the end of the year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Glad running in the Derby didnt ruin this nice sprinter like so many others in the past!!
Lionel de Freitas More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting all week for this race.because I am a trini to the bone.
Jonathan Yarde More than 1 year ago
Maybe as a Trini you can offer Mr. Parbhoo some sartorial tips. Happy for them that the horse won, but as a fellow Caribbean totally embarassed by the worst-dressed trainer on the day. The guy makes Dale Romans look like a million.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
I'm glad this horse won .loved his sire his grand sire and he has some Hawaii in him ,just like wise Dan.so even tough I did not play either I'm not disappointed.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
What a lovely win by Trinniberg! What a difference six months makes - he and his connections were reviled at the Kentucky Derby. Today, he wins a Breeders' Cup race and his connections were vindicated. It's amazing how things work out sometimes. Trinniberg's race was, surprisingly, one of the most moving of all of the BC wins this weekend. When he crossed the wire first, at a lovely 13-1 price, his connections erupted in jubilation in the stands, dancing, shouting with joy and laughter. When Willie Martinez was coming back to the winner's circle on Trinniberg, he bent down, kissed Trinniberg's neck in gratitude, then looked up to heaven, pointing to the sky and thanked God for the victory. His eyes were welling up. It was a very moving moment. Trinniberg was strong and commanding in his win. It was nice to see. Congratulations to Trinniberg and his very happy connections on his win in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.
Grazyna Mianska More than 1 year ago
Very, very nicely put JoyJackson!
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Nice decision to add blinkers on Trinniberg. Lumber Guy game in defeat.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Shivvy and Willie put a lot of work into this Colt
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
They deserved the win. How bout those two 3 yr olds.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Happy they're still with us. Hope Shanghai Bobby makes it.
Carson Wiest More than 1 year ago
its kind of hard for us to make money on these longshots, when the majority of the DRF analysts say Trinniberg pretty much has no chance. Thanks for absolutely nothing.
unmarx1 More than 1 year ago
13-1 for a very fast horse was good value . the drf picks are not always value picks , they are most likely winner picks , because they don't know the post time odds. look for the value on your own .
michael rohan More than 1 year ago
I disagree. DRF analysts are handicappers and usually take value into account, but I agree that Carson should make is own picks. What's the fun in betting someone else's picks. Mike
michael rohan More than 1 year ago
Sorry, I forgot the question mark on my last post. I hate bad grammar. Mike P.S. I had a saver Trinniberg over Lumber Guy.
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Well, if DRF handicappers and everyone else thought that said longshots had a chance, they wouldn't very likely be longshots, would they? As the post below suggests, figure it out yourself by using all available info, and don't count on others to find value for you.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
The man that wrote this column had a very glowing remark about Trinni just the other morning... Don't lay it on him.
Mike Reinhardt More than 1 year ago
Carson, are you really so stupid? On second thought, thanks for throwing your dead money into the pool for me and others who spent the time handicapping.
Mick More than 1 year ago
So basically you're saying you can't form an opinion of your own? If you like Trinniberg, bet him! They said Little Mike had no chance, but guess what?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ridiculous to blame drf analysts. Like mick said, form your own opinion and bet> you cant rely on someone else's opinions and then complain when they're wrong. Spend more time handicapping the form instead of handicapping what the analysts say!
Brandon Stevens More than 1 year ago
Anyone who didnt have it figured out by saturday evening that you needed to pick horses that who were going to be on the lead or just off, deserved to lose their money. Congrats to all who realized very early on friday that the FASTEST horses were going to win, not necessarily the BEST horses. Little Mike and Trinni made for a fantastic day at the window.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Now Andy Beyer, does your apology to Jockey Willie Martinez come now?
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
And Andy, With your vote, you can also nominate Trinni for his Eclipse Award. That's nice...
michael rohan More than 1 year ago
Which race did Andy criticize Willie for?
Dave Schuler More than 1 year ago
IF I Thought A Horse Was A Good Thing Id Not Tell Anyone-Also So Many Things Come Into Play (I Just Use My Computer(-BRAIN )To Guide Me, I Have Invested A Lot Of Time @ Money Learning (Not Much-)LOLK_DS
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
In April, before the Derby, Beyer painted a picture of Willie whipping Trinni beyond the point of exhaustion; Beyer, 'Speedster not good Derby fit.' Look in search box, upper right on front page. It was totally unfair.