06/13/2013 3:18PM

Calder notes: Trinniberg flies in work for Smile

Tom Keyser
Trinniberg looks ready to bounce back from two poor efforts to start the year.

MIAMI – Looking more like the reigning Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner and Eclipse Award champion than the horse who has been beaten a combined 26 1/2 lengths in his two starts this year, Trinniberg worked a half-mile in 46.89 seconds Thursday at Calder as he prepares for the Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap on July 6.

With jockey Ronald Hisby aboard, Trinniberg broke off a head in front of and outside stablemate Ducduc, a graded-stakes-winning router. The pair zipped an opening eighth-mile in 11.28 and quarter-mile in 22.73, after which Trinniberg steadily drew well clear while under some urging nearing the wire. He galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.06. Ducduc finished seven lengths back, completing his half-mile in 48.31.

“That was very, very nice,” said Bisnath Parboo, who is once again trainer of record for Trinniberg, replacing his son Shivananda Parbhoo, who saddled the horse in the Breeders’ Cup and both starts earlier this year. “I put him in company this morning because I wanted him to get a little more aggressive, to be in front, to know he was in charge. He’ll have another similar work in company next week and one from the gate prior to the Smile.”

Trinniberg finished a tiring 11th after tracking the early leaders when making his 2013 debut in the Dubai Golden Shaheen in the United Arab Emirates. He also faded badly behind sprint division leader Delaunay after contesting the early pace in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Sprint on May 4 in his only U.S. appearance this year.

“The day before his last start, people in the barn across from us at Churchill Downs were having a party, brought out a music box, and were playing the music very loud,” Parboo said. “It was so bad it had my horse running around his stall going crazy, kicking the walls, charging the screen, for about 45 minutes. We actually had to call the police to get them to stop. He never hurt himself or anything like that, but I think all the excitement certainly affected his performance the next day.”

Parboo said he has nothing picked out beyond the Smile for Trinniberg, although he added would like to bring him back to Saratoga for a race this summer.

“I want him to get back on his game again, and after that I’d love to get another chance to run against Delaunay somewhere down the road, with a return trip to the Breeders’ Cup still our goal at the moment,” Parboo said.

Parboo also reported that there is a 50-50 chance he could also run Off the Jak in the Smile. Off the Jak, winner of the Sunshine Millions Sprint in January, finished a tiring fourth last Saturday in Belmont Park’s Grade 2 True North.

Apriority back in Florida

Apriority, another local favorite with designs on the Smile, is back on the grounds, having returned to trainer David Fawkes’s barn after a brief and only mildly successful stay in Southern California. Apriority finished third in Santa Anita’s Grade 2 Potrero Grande Stakes, the only time he hit the board in three starts for trainer Bob Baffert.

Owned and bred by Donald Dizney, Apriority is winless since capturing the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector for Fawkes at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 31, 2011. He finished second in the Grade 1 Carter earlier that year.

“He came back on Tuesday and of course we’re all delighted to have him with us again,” Fawkes said. “I guess he just didn’t like the surfaces out there in California. As of now, I suspect we’ll run him in the Smile along with possibly Bahamian Squall.”

Bahamian Squall is coming off a fourth-place finish as the 6-5 favorite behind Black Diamond Cat in Saturday’s Ponche Handicap.

“It was his first start in a few months and I guess he needed the race; he came back blowing pretty hard,” Fawkes said. “I really didn’t want to see him on the lead, but the way the track was playing all day, it kind of forced our hand a little. We’ll just see how he does over the next several weeks, but as of now I would say there’s a good chance he’d probably go in the Smile, too.”

The six-furlong Smile is the only Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In race on the Calder stakes schedule.