09/24/2012 1:39PM

Calder: Kaplan pleased with Musical Romance's Breeders' Cup prep

Barbara D. Livingston
Trainer Bill Kaplan was pleased with Musical Romance’s effort in Saturday’s Gallant Bloom at Belmont.

MIAMI – South Florida’s top two Breeders’ Cup candidates were on their way back home Monday after shipping north for important prep races over the weekend.

Musical Romance was scheduled to leave New York at noon Monday for her return trip to south Florida following a third-place finish in Saturday’s Grade 2 Gallant Bloom at Belmont Park. She will likely pass through the Calder stable gate several hours after Trinniberg, who was being vanned back home from Philadelphia on Monday by trainer Shivananda Parbhoo following his second-place finish in Parx Racing’s Gallant Bob.

Trainer Bill Kaplan said he was pleased with Musical Romance’s performance in the Gallant Bloom, her first start since capturing the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap here 11 weeks earlier. Musical Romance is the defending Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner.

“I thought it was a perfect prep for her for the Breeders’ Cup,” Kaplan said Monday. “The track was super fast, speed-favoring, the winner broke the stakes record and was just a tick off the track record. We told Juan [Leyva] not to ask her until she straightened out into the stretch, and I thought she was running best of all at the end. She did everything we wanted her to do in the race. We needed to get a race before the Breeders’ Cup, and she’s tightened up good now.”

Kaplan said he’ll likely follow the same schedule that proved so successful with Musical Romance in last year’s Breeders’ Cup. She will do most of her serious training for the Filly and Mare Sprint at Calder before shipping to California about 10 days in advance of the race.

Parbhoo also was pleased with his horse’s performance Saturday, even in defeat. Trinniberg, who finished ninth in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop at Saratoga on Aug. 25, rallied from just off the pace to take the lead in early stretch of the Gallant Bob before being run down in the final strides by Well Spelled.

“Right now, we’re 100 percent going to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, assuming he comes out of this race okay,” Parbhoo said by phone from behind the wheel of the van bringing Trinniberg back to Florida. “I was very pleased with how he ran on Saturday, even though he got beat a little bit. I told Willie [Martinez] there was a lot of speed, and if they go to the lead, we’ll have to hold back a little and it worked out perfectly. He just didn’t see the winner way on the outside like that.”

Parbhoo said he’ll give Trinniberg five days off following the long van ride home before sending him back to the track this weekend. Trinniberg was not Breeders’ Cup eligible last year, but since Parbhoo paid the supplemental fee to run him in the Juvenile Sprint, he will not have to pay any additional supplemental money to get him into the Sprint.

Parbhoo is now the trainer of record for all the Shivananda Racing runners previously under the tutelage of his father, Bisnath Parboo.

“My father had some personal issues to attend to and will not be back here until late October or November,” said Parbhoo. “So I got my license and switched everything into my name.”

Parbhoo’s first official winner came with Ducduc in the My Dear Peg Stakes here Sept. 8. He also sent out Fair Whit to capture Saturday’s third race at Parx.

Salamera shipping for Chandelier

While Musical Romance and Trinniberg are coming back to Calder after out-of-town stakes engagements, another is leaving, with Salamera scheduled to depart for California on Tuesday.

Salamera, runner-up in the Grade 2 Adirondack at Saratoga, is being pointed to Santa Anita’s Grade 1 Chandelier on Saturday.

Salamera had her final tuneup for the Chandelier here Monday, breezing five furlongs in 1:01.84 over a wet-fast main track, completing her final quarter in 24.67 seconds for trainer Rodolfo Garcia.

Other horses of note on Monday’s work tab at Calder included Two T’s at Two B, Too Fast Too Pass, and Be My Love, all from the barn of trainer Kathleen O’Connell. Two T’s at Two B and Too Fast Too Past each went a half-mile in 49.40, while Be My Love worked the same distance in 51.40.

Two T’s at Two B and Too Fast Too Past are both nominated for Saturday’s $100,000 Birdonthewire Stakes, while Be My Love could go the same day in the $100,000 Cassidy.