09/13/2011 12:48PM

Calder: Trinniberg may travel to Belmont for Nashua or Champagne

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Barbara D. Livingston
Trinniberg (right), outfinished by Currency Swap in the Grade 1 Hopeful, could ship from Calder to Belmont Park in early October for either the Nashua or the Champagne.

MIAMI – Trinniberg, who nearly pulled off a 68-1 stunner in the Grade 1 Hopeful on Labor Day at Saratoga, is back home in south Florida but likely has another trip to New York in his future, owner Shivananda Parbhoo said earlier this week.

Trinniberg, a 2-year-old son of Teufelsberg, led until late stretch before being run down by Currency Swap to finish second in the seven-furlong Hopeful, which was decided over a sloppy track. The Hopeful was just the third lifetime start for Trinniberg, who began his career with an easy 5 3/4-length maiden special weight victory at Calder in early July.

“We shipped him back to Calder two days after the Hopeful but he’s nominated to both the Nashua and Champagne,” said Parbhoo, whose father, Bisnath, is the trainer of record for Trinniberg..

Both the Nashua on Oct. 2 and Champagne on Oct. 8 are run at Belmont Park.

“If he continues to train as well as we expect him to train down here we’ll point for one of those two races,” said Parbhoo. “The Champagne is a Grade 1 but obviously will be a lot tougher. Our horse is a speed horse so we’ve got to see who else is going in those races and which one shapes up better for him. He’s by Teufelsberg so his pedigree suggests he can get the distance. The big question is whether he can get the distance by October 8.”

Parbhoo also said that Giant Ryan, who earned an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint by virtue of his victory in the Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap here on July 9, is also slated to return to New York for the Grade 1 Vosburgh on Oct. 1. Giant Ryan has not raced or even recorded an official workout since the Smile. The win was the fifth in a row for Giant Ryan, a New York-bred son of Freud whose streak includes an easy optional claiming victory at Belmont on May 4.

Although assured an automatic berth in the Sprint, Giant Ryan is not Breeders’ Cup eligible and thus he would still have to be supplemented to compete in the race.

“We’re still hoping to make the Vosburgh with him. That’s been the plan ever since the Smile,” said Parboo. “We gave him a break after the Smile but he’s definitely ready to work again although just when that will be has yet to be determined.”

Hot-riding Leyva has live mounts in two weekend stakes

Juan Leyva had himself a week to remember, winning eight races from Labor Day through last Sunday, including the Grade 2 Masters at Presque Isle on Saturday aboard Musical Romance for trainer Bill Kaplan.

Leyva, 27, is having a breakout season. He is currently fourth in the local standings with 65 victories through Sunday. He is also currently the regular rider not only for Musical Romance but Manicero and Frolic’s Revenge, both of whom will be in action on Saturday’s Festival Preview program.

Leyva has teamed up with Musical Romance to win three stakes over the last 3 1/2 months. The pair also came within a neck of pulling off a major upset this summer when Musical Romance finished second behind Sassy’s Image in the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap.

“That filly is just awesome,” Leyva said referring to Musical Romance. “And Bill [Kaplan] has her so good right now. The only question going up to Presque Isle the other night was whether she’d handle the surface and she just ran lights out. I didn’t have to do much with her. She broke sharp, placed herself nicely, and then we were able to find a seam when the two leaders split and she went through the hole like a pro. It was a perfect trip.”

The Masters was the second Grade 2 win of Leyva’s career. The first came with the longshot How’s Your Halo in the 2009 Richter Scale at Gulfstream Park.

“Bill has been a great supporter since I first came to Calder,” said Leyva, a native of Mexico City. “I rode my very first winner here for him. And with his help and the success I’ve had this meet I’ve been able to get into some other big outfits and pick up some other nice stakes horses to ride, like Manicero and Frolic’s Revenge.”

Frolic’s Revenge likely Brave Raj favorite

Frolic’s Revenge figures to go off the favorite against eight other 2-year-old fillies in Saturday’s $100,000 Brave Raj, which serves as the final local prep for the rich My Dear Girl finale of the Florida Stallion Stakes on Oct. 15. Frolic’s Revenge, a Kentucky-bred, is not Stallion Series eligible.

The field for the mile-and-70-yard Brave Raj also includes Sinister Brew and French Politics, who finished two-three in the one-mile Lindsay Frolic on Aug. 27.

The Brave Raj is one of four stakes on Saturday’s Festival of the Sun Preview day program and is the filly counterpart to the $100,000 Foolish Pleasure. The Foolish Pleasure, a prep for the In Reality Stakes on Oct. 15, surprisingly drew a compact lineup of only six 2-year-old colts and geldings, with stakes winner Midnight Serenade likely to be favored over the stakes-placed Kings Over and impressive debut winner Bartolome.

◗ Luis Saez won four races on Sunday’s program to further extend his lead in the jockey standings with just three weeks left in the meet. The real battle is for second place with Jose Alvarez holding a six-win lead over Fernando Jara and an eight-victory margin over Leyva heading into Thursday’s card.

◗ Grade 3 winner Cherokee Queen worked an easy half-mile in 49.3 seconds on Tuesday. Cherokee Queen finished fifth, beaten less than three lengths, when making her last start in Monmouth Park’s Grade 3 Matchmaker on July 31.