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Updated on 11/03/2012 7:20PM
Breeders' Cup Sprint: Trinniberg keeps focus in stretch to outlast The Lumber Guy
By Mike Welsch
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.
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.”
Triniberg is owned by Trinbagonians...I saw him run to victory on this day.
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.
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.
Glad running in the Derby didnt ruin this nice sprinter like so many others in the past!!
I have been waiting all week for this race.because I am a trini to the bone.
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.
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.
Nice decision to add blinkers on Trinniberg. Lumber Guy game in defeat.
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.
Now Andy Beyer, does your apology to Jockey Willie Martinez come now?
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