07/05/2012 2:13PM

Calder: Trinniberg will be tough in Smile Sprint or Carry Back


MIAMI – Owner Shivananda Parbhoo did not submit Trinniberg’s entry for Calder’s Summit of Speed program until just minutes before the races were drawn Monday. But once he did, the nation’s premier 3-year-old sprinter suddenly became the key to not one, but two of the four graded stakes on Saturday’s card.

Parbhoo cross-entered Trinniberg in both the Grade 2 Smile and Grade 3 Carry Back. The Smile, for 3-year-olds and up, carries a purse of $400,000 and is a Win and You’re In event for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. The Carry Back is worth only $150,000 and is restricted to 3-year-olds. Both races will be decided at six furlongs.

Trinniberg has already won three graded stakes, all at seven furlongs, for 3-year-olds this year. His most recent performance was his best yet, a wire-to-wire, 1 3/4-length decision over old nemesis Currency Swap in Belmont Park’s Grade 2 Woody Stephens for which he earned a career-best 106 Beyer Speed Figure. Trinniberg had finished second behind Currency Swap at 2 in Saratoga’s Grade 1 Hopeful.

“At the moment, I’m leaning more towards the Smile than the Carry Back, although I won’t make a final decision until I sit down with my father and discuss the situation on Saturday morning,” Parbhoo said.

Trinniberg is trained by Parbhoo’s father, Bisnath Parboo.

“The Carry Back is obviously the easier race and was the spot I really wanted to go in, but I put him in the Smile to see how it came up,” Parbhoo said. “I think the Smile field is strong, but not so strong that he can’t compete with them. The King’s Bishop is our major goal at the moment, but it’s about the only 3-year-old race left for him this season. He’ll have to take on older horses soon enough anyway, and this might give us a good chance to test him and see how he handles it.”

Trinniberg would carry 118 pounds if he starts in the Smile, the same as Field Commission and Gantry. Field Commission returned from an 18-month layoff to dominate the Ponche Handicap by 3 1/4 lengths while earning a 105 Beyer Speed Figure in the process, a career best. Gantry stretched to seven furlongs to finish third behind division leaders Shackleford and Amazombie in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs on May 5, ending a four-race win streak. The Louisiana invader has never lost in five starts at six furlongs.

“I really can’t be scared of anyone at this point as good as my horse is training,” said Ron Faucheux, who trains Gantry for Brittlyn Stable Inc. “If Trinniberg goes in there, it would give us a little more pace to run at and we drew a good post and should be in good position to sit right off a couple of them. Seven furlongs might have been a little further than he wanted last time, but he really didn’t break all that good and he was running against two of the best horses in the country.”

Artefacto, who is also cross-entered in the Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint Handicap, is training as good as any horse on the grounds of late and figures to press Trinniberg for the lead, if both start.

Cajun Breeze has been idle since finishing fourth behind a strong field that included Mucho Macho Man, Tackleberry, and Jackson Bend in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap on March 10.

Apriority seeks to get back on track after having lost five straight races since outgaming Zero Rate Policy to capture Gulfstream’s Grade 3 Mr. Prospector on Dec. 31.

Fort Loudon could be favored

Trinniberg would be the odds-on favorite if he goes in the Carry Back. If not, the red-hot Fort Loudon would inherit that role.

Fort Loudon was an easy winner of each of his last two starts, both six-furlong overnight stakes, after holding his own against the top 3-year-olds stabled on the East Coast this winter in races like the Grade 1 Florida Derby and Grade 2 Fountain of Youth.

“Obviously, I’d rather not see him [Trinniberg] in the race, but if he is in, I have no intentions of running for second money,” said Stanley Gold, trainer of Fort Loudon. “On paper, Trinniberg is a faster horse, I have no illusions about that. But my colt is doing as good as I could hope him to be doing going into this race, and it could come down to who is going to have their ‘A’ game and who is not.”

Gold said the Carry Back has been his goal for Fort Loudon all along.

“I’m here, and this has been the plan all year,” Gold said. “It’s just bad luck to have a horse you think can win the race and may have to hook the best 3-year-old sprinter in the country who just happens to be making his home right next to you in your neighborhood.”