10/26/2011 2:24PM

Churchill Downs: Trainer finally gets good seats

Barbara D. Livingston
Giant Ryan, with Willie Martinez riding, has a half-mile workout Wednesday at Churchill Downs.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Trainer Bisnath Parboo and his extended family have spent the last 15 years watching American’s greatest horse race, the Kentucky Derby, from the infield at Churchill Downs. But when the entire clan return to Churchill for next week’s Breeders’ Cup, they will have some of the best and most expensive seats in the house.

Parboo will start two horses in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup: Trinniberg in Friday’s Juvenile Sprint and Giant Ryan the following afternoon in the Sprint. Both horses must be supplemented into their races at a price of $100,000. Add in the expense of the fifth-floor suite the family has rented for the two days, transportation, hotel rooms, and food and Parboo estimates this year’s Breeders’ Cup will cost him somewhere between $250,000 to $300,000.

But Parboo was also supremely confident his two Breeders’ Cup starters would earn that sum back and more after watching the pair work over a fast track here on Wednesday morning.

Giant Ryan was the first of the Parboo duo to breeze, going an easy half-mile in 48.76 seconds. Trinniberg followed about 40 minutes later, breaking out of the gate and going three-eighths in 37.39 seconds in company with stablemate Butler Cabin. Willie Martinez was aboard both Giant Ryan and Trinniberg.

“There is no doubt in my mind they’ll both win,” Parboo said a short while later. “I’m 100 percent confident as long as they are lucky and get clean trips. I wouldn’t be putting up all that money to supplement both these horses if I wasn’t confident. Everybody goes into these races to win and so do I.”

Parboo had originally scheduled Giant Ryan’s work for approximately 8:45 but called an audible after arriving at the track early Wednesday morning.

“When I got to the barn, Giant Ryan was acting up so much in his stall I didn’t want to wait and take a chance something might happen,” said Parboo. “I was very happy with his work. He’s doing everything right. He doesn’t need to work fast. He just knows how to do one thing and that’s win.”

Giant Ryan comes into the Sprint sporting a six race win streak that includes victories in the Grade 2 Smile Sprint, a Win and You’re In for the Breeders’ Cup, at Calder and the Grade 1 Vosburgh earlier this month at Belmont Park.

Both Giant Ryan and Trinniberg are owned by Parboo’s son Shivananda Parbhoo, who spells his last name a bit differently than his father.

“When I was applying for my passport to come to the United States back in my home country of Trinidad and Tobago in 1982 I inadvertently left the “H” off the application,” the elder Parboo explained. “That’s why my name was recorded as Parboo when I came to this country. But I have proof, a birth certificate and a signed affidavit, with the correct spelling, which is Parbhoo.”

No matter how you spell it, the Parbhoo clan is a big one with upwards to 30 family members expected in the suite to root for Trinniberg and Giant Ryan here next week.

“Every year when we come to the Derby, the reserved seats are always sold out, and we wind up in the infield,” said Parboo. “But thanks in part to Giant Ryan, who has made enough money this year to pay for both horses to get into their races, we’ll be able to watch the Breeders’ Cup from the grandstand.”

◗ Besides realigning the Saturday BC events so that the Mile is run later in the program as the 10th race, Churchill also will have a 12th race to follow the Classic (race 11), as opposed to last year, when the Classic was staged as the final race. Churchill’s president, Kevin Flanery, said the additional race, which likely will be the Chilukki Stakes, will help stagger the exit of fans and vehicles from the track and theoretically help ease traffic congestion.

◗ The Grade 2 Mrs. Revere Stakes, to be run Nov. 12, already is shaping up a tough one, with runners-up in a couple of key Keeneland stakes among the 3-year-old fillies being pointed to the 1 1/16-mile turf race. They are Marketing Mix, second in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, and Groupie Doll, second in the Raven Run.

◗ Churchill has joined the worldwide “Movember” campaign for prostate cancer awareness. Male fans and horsemen are being encouraged to grow a moustache in November as a sign of support for the movement, and there is a publicity tie-in to Uncle Mo running in the Breeders’ Cup. The campaign will officially start Wednesday in the paddock area.

– additional reporting by Marty McGee