07/10/2012 12:42PM

Calder: King's Bishop could feature rematch between Fort Loudon, Trinniberg

Email
Coady Photography
Carry Back winner Fort Loudon (left) and runner-up Trinniberg are likely to clash again in the Aug. 25 King's Bishop at Saratoga.

MIAMI – Fort Loudon and Trinniberg put on quite a show in last Saturday’s Grade 3 Carry Back at Calder, and there’s a good chance the two locally based colts could meet again Aug. 25 at Saratoga in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop.

The six-furlong Carry Back turned into a virtual match race between the two favorites. Fort Loudon forced Trinniberg’s pace from the outset before forging to a narrow advantage near the sixteenth pole, and then dug in tenaciously to maintain a neck advantage at the wire. The victory earned Fort Loudon a career-best 103 Beyer Speed Figure. Trinniberg posted a 102, four points lower than his top mark, received four weeks earlier for his win in Belmont Park’s Grade 2 Woody Stephens.

Trainer Stanley Gold said that despite the hard effort Fort Loudon bounced back quickly and returned to the track for a routine gallop on Tuesday.

“He was lit up the next day and again Monday, like he didn’t even run,” said Gold on Tuesday. “He went to the track today and was full of bounce. I’m real happy about that.”

Gold’s strategy to take the race right to Trinniberg was implemented perfectly by jockey Fernando Jara and ultimately proved the difference in the Carry Back.

“He doesn’t have to go to the front like that, but in this case we needed to send him and he’s got the speed to do it if you ask,” said Gold. “But he’s also very easy to rate, very tactical, and when you do ask he’ll respond.”

Gold ruled out Saratoga’s July 29 Amsterdam as the next option for Fort Loudon, who has won three straight stakes since turning back to six furlongs following a steady diet of longer races against the best of his division this past winter at Gulfstream Park.

“The Amsterdam comes up too soon, and since that race is not under consideration, it will give us plenty of time to think about what we want to do next,” said Gold “The King’s Bishop is obviously out there and I certainly wouldn’t be afraid of taking him up there to face Trinniberg again.”

Although Trinniberg came out second best as the 1-5 favorite in the Carry Back, owner Shivananda Parbhoo was pleased with his performance on Saturday.

“It was kind of a last-minute decision to run him in this race instead of the Amsterdam and it just didn’t work out,” said Parbhoo. “We got beat by a very nice horse, although I won’t say a better horse until he beats us again. I was very happy with Trinniberg’s effort and it was a very nice setup for his next start, which will definitely be the King’s Bishop.”

Parbhoo, who has been given stalls on the Oklahoma training track this summer at Saratoga, said he plans to ship Trinniberg and a couple of his stablemates up to New York within the next week.

raj rampersad More than 1 year ago
FOLKS, LETS NOT GET CARRIED AWAY JUST YET, TRINNIBERG HAS ONLY ONE (1) PLAN, DO THE MATH. " THE BREEDERS CUP, WHICH HE HAS BEEN TO ALREADY". THAT EXPERIENCE WOULD /SHOULD ONLY BENEFIT HIM AS A BIG GAME PLAYER. HE ( TRINNIBERG) DOES NOT NEED TO PROVE ANYTHING, BUT CONTINUE TO GATHER EARNINGS AND A SOLID 3 YEAR OLD FOUNDATION FOR WHAT HE IS AFTER.. ITS OBVIOUS THERE ARE LIMITED HIGH QUALITY SPRINT RACES OUT THERE LEFT, BUT ALSO THE OWNER/TRAINER WOULD LIKE A GRADED WIN AT SARATOGA AT LEAST ONE A YEAR FOR THE TROPHY ROOM WHICH IS FILLING UP. A BREEDERS CUP VICTORY LATER ON IS IN HONOUR OF THE BEAST FROM THE EAST (GIANT RYAN)!!!!!!!! BY THE WAY TRINNIBERG SENT THIS COMMENT FOR EVERYONE OUT THERE " YOU WANT A PIECE OF ME, COME AND GET IT"
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Don't know if it's his normal deal but Fort Loudon absolutely 'beat the gate' on Saturday and picked it up from there to win it. Gold can take him anywhere now and he knows it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can see a horse who's been running in 2-turn races shortening up and beating these two at 7f. It's good they'll both get a little rest though. Good idea I think.
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
currency Swap comes back to Saratoga to beat these guys
KeenelandCapper More than 1 year ago
fort louden wont hit tix in this race..
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
Then Trinniberg wouldn't either because Fort Loudon will finish ahead of him again. So who are your top three 3yo sprinters who will finish ahead of them?
SalDiMauro More than 1 year ago
Currency Swap will beat them both.
Perl More than 1 year ago
You can say that again!
SalDiMauro More than 1 year ago
Currency Swap will beat both of them.
Mike More than 1 year ago
Currency Swap??? He's the ultimate "one hit wonder!" Has he even run one decent race since his bias-aided victory at Saratoga last year? I'll give you credit, at least your not touting chalk! Good luck!
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
He ran 2nd to Gemologist going a one turn mile at Gulfstream. He won an overnight stakes wrapped up going 7 furlongs at Belmont before finishing 2nd to Trinniberg in the G2 Woody Stephens, finishing far ahead of many highly touted 3yo sprinters. He was wide throughout yet kept on resolutely and did not lose ground in the stretch. But none of that matters. The King's Bishop is traditionally won by fast routers turning back to a one turn race. This year it will be Hansen after he got beat by Teeth of the Dog or Perspective in the West Virginia Derby.