09/23/2011 1:21PM

Calder: Champagne likely target for Trinniberg


MIAMI – Friday was decision day for owner Shivananda Parboo and his father, trainer Bisnath Parboo, regarding the upcoming itineraries of stable stars Giant Ryan and Trinniberg. They finally made plans after both horses had finished cooling out about two hours after each worked a half-mile over a fast Calder strip.

“Trinniberg will ship to New York on Sunday and likely run in the Champagne,” the younger Parboo confirmed. “Giant Ryan will stay here and skip the Vosburgh, which was our original intention although he’s still on target to run in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.”

The 2-year-old Trinniberg was the first of the duo to breeze, going four furlongs in an easy 48.21 seconds and galloping out five eighths in 1:01.44. He is coming off a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Hopeful.

“He’ll be up there next week so we’re not completely ruling out the Nashua although at the moment our intention is to go in the Champagne,” said Parboo. “I think he can get a little more distance. We’ve trained him differently since the Hopeful, galloped him longer, and given him an open one-mile gallop prior to today’s work. He’s the kind of horse who takes a lot of training but I think he’ll be able to go slower in the Champagne than he went in his last race and that should also help.”

Giant Ryan turned in a near-identical work as his younger stablemate when he breezed about 10 minutes later, posting splits of 12.10 and 23.80 before completing a half-mile in 48.41 and galloping out five-eighths in 1:01.40. The work was just the second for Giant Ryan since he won the Grade 2 Smile, a Win and You’re In race for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, on July 12.

“He worked well this morning but he came back a little tired and as a result I don’t want to run him in the Vosburgh,” said Parboo. “He’s about one week short of being ready and that race is just going to be too tough. There was nothing wrong with him after the Smile, he’d just had a hard campaign up to that point and we decided to give him a full month off before putting him back in training again.”

Parboo said he’s hoping Calder racing secretary Mike Anifantis might be able to write Giant Ryan a race here over the next couple of weeks to use as his final prep for the Breeders’ Cup. The New York-bred Giant Ryan must be supplemented at a cost of $100,000 to run in the Sprint.

“If we can’t get a race here we’ll find something, somewhere else for him,” said Parboo. “Maybe even up at Finger Lakes. But as of now we’re planning on going to the Sprint. He made his own money to pay for the supplemental fee in the Smile. It’s not coming out of my pocket. ”

Parboo said he also had a change of heart about sending his speedy stakes-placed 2-year-old filly Exclusively Maria up to New York with Trinniberg for the Tempted on Oct. 2. Exclusively Maria worked three furlongs in 35 and change before galloping out a half in 49.60 on Friday.

“There’s a stakes for Florida-breds here next week,” said Parboo, referring to the $100,000 Cassidy. “And that has to be a lot easier for her than the one in New York.”

Decisive Moment tunes up for Indiana Derby

Friday’s work tab also included trainer Juan Arias’s talented 3-year-olds Decisive Moment and Atlantic Bull. Decisive Moment went a half in 49.23 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.20 while Atlantic Bull covered the same distance in 48.49 before pulling up five-eighths in 1:01.48.

Decisive Moment is scheduled to leave Saturday for Indiana Downs, where he will run next week in the Indiana Derby. He will then go on to Keeneland, where he will be joined by the lightly raced but promising Atlantic Bull and his 2-year-old stablemate Personal Interest, runner-up here a week ago in the Foolish Pleasure Stakes.

“Personal Interest will run in the Dixiana if he can get in, the Bourbon at a mile on the turf if not,” said Arias. “Atlantic Bull is going to run in a first level-allowance race on the grass. I think both horses will be 10 lengths better on turf than dirt.”

Atlantic Bull became an instant success for Arias, winning his debut by six lengths on Aug. 19 before returning less than three weeks later to finish second behind the odds-on Indiano in the Eillo Stakes.

“Atlantic Bull could turn out to be a monster,” said Arias. “He wasn’t even halfway ready to run when I ran him the first time and he toyed with the field. In the stakes, I think Marty Wolfson was planning to use the race as a breeze for the Gallant Bob this weekend with Indiano but it didn’t work out that way. His horse had to run to beat us even though my jockey lost his stick at the eighth pole.”