03/13/2013 3:55PM

Gulfstream Park: Trinniberg has final local workout for Dubai run

Barbara D. Livingston
Trinniberg will make his 2013 debut, and first start since upsetting the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, in the six-furlong Golden Shaheen.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Shivananda Parbhoo went to Dubai for the first time last spring, sending out Giant Ryan to a creditable fifth-place finish in the Golden Shaheen. When he goes back for a second time later this month, Parbhoo will return with even more firepower, the reigning male sprint champion, Trinniberg, who will make his 2013 debut and first start since upsetting the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in the six-furlong Golden Shaheen.

On Wednesday, Trinniberg had his final local work before shipping to Dubai next Tuesday evening, breezing five furlongs from the gate in 1:01.30 with regular rider Willie Martinez aboard after the first renovation break. Breaking off between stablemates Purely Precious and Trump Card, Trinniberg posted splits of 25.01, 36.09, and 48.36 seconds, eventually edging away from Purely Precious after the opening half-mile before galloping out six furlongs in 1:14.41. The work came over a cuppy racetrack, with the opening three-eighths into a stiff headwind.

“He worked well, and I liked the way he galloped out,” Parbhoo said. “He didn’t come back tired at all. I worked him from the gate because it’s the same thing we did in his next-to-last work at Santa Anita prior to the Breeders’ Cup. I’ll work him once more in Dubai, probably three-eighths out a half.”

Parbhoo said he got an education from taking Giant Ryan to Dubai a year ago.

“I’m very excited about going back over,” Parbhoo said. “I learned a lot from that trip, just how to prepare and get ready, and this year we’re going back there to win. I only hope the stabling situation is a little better than it was last year, when the quarantine barn was located about four to five miles from the track. We had to put our horse on a truck to go for training, cool him out, and then put him back on a truck to return to the barn.”

Parbhoo’s main concern is the fact that Trinniberg has never raced over a synthetic surface coming into the Golden Shaheen.

“He seems to handle any track we’ve tried him on,” Parbhoo said. “Once I get over there and he works, we’ll know exactly where we stand.”