05/22/2012 12:57PM

Calder notes: Trinniberg gets back to work, eyes Woody Stephens Stakes

Barbara D. Livingston
Trinniberg is being pointed to Belmont’s Woody Stephens on June 9.

MIAMI – His Triple Crown days now behind him, Trinniberg began preparing for the rest of his 3-year-old campaign when breezing a sharp half-mile in 47.01 seconds after the renovation break Tuesday morning at Calder.

With jockey Jose Alvarez aboard, Trinniberg went an easy opening quarter in 24.01 before really picking up the pace leaving the turn. He completed his final quarter in an eye-catching 23.03 while under some pressure coming to the wire before galloping out five-eighths in 59.86 over a fast track.

Trinniberg forced the fast pace of Bodemeister for the opening seven furlongs of the Kentucky Derby before giving way and being taken in hand by jockey Willie Martinez through the latter stages of the race. He ultimately finished 17th, 31 1/2 lengths behind I’ll Have Another.

“I told Willie if he didn’t have anything left at the quarter pole not to beat him up, just gallop him out safe and sound, and that’s exactly what he did,” Trinniberg’s owner, Shivananda Parbhoo, said. “And as a result, he came out of the Derby very well. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting the Derby pace to be that fast or for Bodemeister to be in front. I knew he’d be there, but not like that.”

Parbhoo, who said he was surprised Bodemeister did not come back and win the Preakness without his horse in the mix to force the issue, is now pointing Trinniberg to a sprint campaign that will begin with the Woody Stephens on June 9 on Belmont Stakes undercard.

“I truly believe he can get at least a mile, but our plan for the rest of the year will be to keep him short and point for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint,” Parbhoo said. “He’ll have one more work, sometime here next week depending upon the weather, before shipping to New York.”

Giant Ryan gearing up for return

Trinniberg was joined on the work tab Tuesday by his Grade 1-winning stablemate Giant Ryan who breezed an easier half-mile in 48.03 before galloping out five furlongs in 1:00.89 under Alvarez about 20 minutes earlier. Giant Ryan, voted New York-bred horse of the year for 2011, set the early pace before finishing fifth in the Dubai Golden Shaheen in his lone start this season. He won six races in a row, including the Grade 1 Vosburgh and Grade 2 Smile Sprint, before closing his award-winning campaign with an eighth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

“We gave him a little time off after he returned from Dubai, and he’s very happy right now,” Parbhoo said. “This was his second breeze, and he’ll have one more next week before we decide where to run him next. Our primary goal is to defend his title in the Smile, but I’d like to get a race into him first. It could be the prep for the Smile [U Can Do It] or the True North in New York on Belmont Day. We’ll make that decision after he works again here next week.”

Where’s Sterling, idle since a disappointing fourth-place finish as the favorite in Gulfstream Park’s Grade 3 Skip Away on March 31, also took advantage of the first dry track here in the morning in nearly a week to work a half-mile in 48.81 on Tuesday while breezing in company with stablemate Dark Bay. Where’s Sterling could make his next start in the $75,000 Memorial Day Handicap on May 28.

Angelica Zapata puts in best effort

All the rain that’s fallen over the local area recently did not put a damper on trainer Ron Pellegrini’s weekend after Angelica Zapata splashed to a 1 1/4-length victory over pacesetter Prize Informant in Saturday’s Sara’s Success Stakes, a race switched off the turf due to the inclement weather.

“I think it was her best race to date, she really put it all together,” Pellegrini said.

Indeed, it was as Angelica Zapata received a 97 Beyer Speed Figure for her performance, 15 points better than her best previous main-track number earned for her fourth-place finish nearly a year ago in the Grade 3 Dogwood at Churchill Downs. Angelica Zapata ran the race of her life, despite not only acting up and losing both hind shoes in the paddock prior to the Sara’s Success but also stumbling at the start.

Angelica Zapata was ridden to victory by 1998 Calder riding champion Jose Ferrer who is back here on a regular basis this season.

“She’s a versatile filly that can sprint or go long, can run on dirt or turf,” Pellegrini said. “There are a few races we could point towards. The Hollywood Wildcat is a possibility.”

The $100,000 Hollywood Wildcat is scheduled to be run at 7 1/2 furlongs over the turf on the July 7th Summit of Speed program.