09/13/2013 3:29PM

Florida notes: Trinniberg heading west early for Breeders' Cup

Barbara D. Livingston
Trinniberg will train and prep for the Breeders' Cup in California.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Trinniberg’s long journey to defend his title in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint will begin just before midnight Friday, when he steps on a van bound for Ocala. From there, he’ll board a flight to the West Coast, taking up residence for the next six weeks at Santa Anita, where he cemented his championship 2012 campaign with a three-quarter-length decision over The Lumber Guy in the Sprint.

Trinniberg is winless in just three starts this season. He was badly beaten in both the Dubai Golden Shaheen and Churchill Downs Sprint before finishing a sharp second to Bahamian Squall in Calder’s Grade 2 Smile Sprint on July 6. Trainer Bisnath Parboo opted to give the reigning sprint champ the rest of the summer off and ship him out west rather than train up to the Breeders’ Cup over his home grounds at Calder as he did a year ago.

Parboo had hoped to get in one final work prior to Trinniberg’s departure late Friday. But those plans went awry after he canceled Thursday’s scheduled breeze with the racetrack not to his satisfaction following a series of heavy overnight showers.

“I did not want to work him over the track this morning [Thursday] or on the day he was shipping,” Parboo said. “So we’ll just wait until he gets to California, give him a week to get acclimated to the track out there, and breeze him at Santa Anita next weekend.”

Parboo has targeted the Santa Anita Sprint Championship on Oct. 5 for Trinniberg’s final Breeders’ Cup prep. He had brought jockey Rajiv Maragh down from New York for Trinniberg’s previous work with the intention of him riding in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship. But those plans are now up in the air with Maragh having a commitment to ride another Eclipse Award winner, Groupie Doll, that same afternoon at Keeneland in the Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes.

Zayas leads at Gulfstream

Apprentice Edgard Zayas took a commanding lead in the Gulfstream Park jockey standings – and did it with style – last weekend, posting four victories on both Saturday and Sunday’s cards to open a five-win advantage over Jonathan Gonzales entering this weekend’s action. Zayas, who rode 22 winners against the best jockey colony in the world here last winter while under the tutelage of Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero Jr., will continue riding with the bug until November.

Pletcher string settles in

Ten-time defending Gulfstream training champion Todd Pletcher shipped in the first installment of his powerful stable earlier this week when bedding down 41 horses at the Palm Meadows training center in Boynton Beach. Pletcher’s first starter of the meet will be Island Love Song in Saturday’s third race. Pletcher’s longtime assistant Anthony Sciametta will oversee the operation in his absence.

Pletcher won 52 races during the 2012-13 meeting.