11/18/2013 11:53AM

Champion Trinniberg retired as Vinery New York stallions move to Rockridge Stud

Barbara D. Livingston
Champion Trinniberg won the Breeders' Cup Sprint in 2012.

Champion sprinter Trinniberg has been retired from racing and will join the six horses that comprise Vinery’s New York stallion roster in moving to Lere Visagie’s Rockridge Stud in Hudson, N.Y. for the 2014 breeding season.

Trinniberg, a 4-year-old son of Teuflesberg, retires with five wins in 18 career starts for earnings of $1,553,086. He earned the Eclipse Award as champion sprinter in 2012 with a resume that included a win in the Breeders Cup Sprint, as well as victories in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Handicap and Grade 3 Bay Shore Stakes and Swale Stakes. During his juvenile campaign, he also finished second in the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes.

Bisnath Parboo trained Trinniberg for his family’s racing operation, most notably his son, Shivananda Parbhoo. The colt was a $1,500 purchase at the 2010 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale, then was sold at the Ocala Breeders’ Sale spring sale of 2-year-olds on training for $21,000.

Bred in Kentucky by J M Stables, Trinniberg is out of the stakes-placed winning Goldminers Gold mare Bella Dorato, who is the dam of three winners from as many foals to race.

Trinniberg will stand his debut season for an advertised fee of $7,500.

“This is a great horse for New York,” said Visagie, owner and operator of Rockridge Stud. “We are happy to offer breeders the opportunity to purchase a limited number of shares in the horse as well.”

Joining Trinniberg at Rockridge will be the rest of the Vinery New York stallion roster, which had previously stood at Sugar Maple Farm in Poughquag, N. Y. Vinery established Sugar Maple Farm as its base of operations in the state in late 2011.

“With [owner] Dr. [Tom] Simon winding down all of his North American operations, and following the sale of the Kentucky farm, it made sense to move the stallions in New York,” said Vinery’s Tom Ludt. “We appreciate the care and great effort that Dan Hayden and all of the staff at Sugar Maple have given the stallions over the past few years very much and we know that will continue with Lere. Dr. Simon retains an interest in many of these horses and has every reason to see them succeed.”

Leading the Vinery transplants is Bluegrass Cat, who will stand for $7,500 after standing for $15,000 in 2013. The 10-year-old Storm Cat horse has sired four crops of racing age, led by Grade 2 winners Kathmanblu and Teeth of the Dog, and Grade 3 winners Blue Laser, Sabercat and Go Blue or Go Home.

Also standing for lower fees in 2014 will be D’ Funnybone, down from $3,500 to $2,500; Pomeroy, down from $5,000 to $3,500; and Posse, down from $12,500 to $5,000.

Fees for all other Vinery NY stallions will remain unchanged from 2013, with Posse at $5,000; Pomeroy and Soaring Empire each at $3,500; and Giant Surprise at $2,500.