05/08/2012 5:40PM

Preakness 2012: Trinniberg will run if Bodemeister doesn’t

Barbara D. Livingston

Owner Shivananda Parbhoo is so impressed with how well Trinniberg has come out of the Kentucky Derby that he said Tuesday if Derby runner-up Bodemeister doesn’t run in the Preakness, Trinniberg will run in the second leg of the Triple Crown.

“If Bodemeister is going to the Preakness, I’m not going to go,” Parbhoo said by phone Tuesday from Florida. If he’s not going, I’ll go to the Preakness.”

Trinniberg vanned from Kentucky to Calder on Monday and was full of himself Tuesday morning walking the shed, according to Parbhoo.

“He’s feeling that good,” said Parbhoo, who planned to return Trinniberg to the track on Wednesday. “This morning we had to put the lipshank on him. He’s very aggressive.”

It was Trinniberg who prompted Bodemeister through a quarter-mile in 22.32 seconds, a half-mile in 45.39 and six furlongs in 1:09.80 – all among the top five fractions in Derby history – before fading in the final quarter-mile. Trinniberg ultimately finished 17th, 31 1/2 lengths behind I’ll Have Another, who collared Bodemeister inside the sixteenth pole.

Parbhoo believes if it were not for Trinniberg, Bodemeister would have won the Derby and most likely, he believes the Triple Crown.

“I went into the race not to hurt anybody like that,” Parbhoo said. “I didn’t think we’d go that fast; I thought 47 [seconds] for the half and maybe 1:11 or 1:12” for six furlongs.

Parbhoo said that with a 1 1/4-mile race under Trinniberg’s belt, he doesn’t feel the 1 3/16 miles of the Preakness will be a problem for his horse, especially if Bodemeister doesn’t run.

“I don’t think there’s anybody in the race who would go with us besides him,” Parbhoo said.

Parbhoo said if Bodemeister does run in the Preakness, he will stick with his original plan of waiting to run Trinniberg in the seven-furlong Woody Stephens at Belmont Park on June 9.


Rogelio Drenning More than 1 year ago
Bode is gona run and run crazy fast thats his only hope to steal the race. Which it all but set iup for the stalker closers. My bet is he finnishes out of the money. He was lucky to get 2nd last time and Baffert knows it. And Mr Parbhoo needs to talk straight. 47 for the half, these arent claimers. Get real. Frankly i think Trinniberg was inconsequential. Bode was gona be Bode. You are not gona change him in two weeks. They should save him for the Breeders Cup.
franni47 More than 1 year ago
i had triniberg and other bets. She screwed up the race by setting a crazy fast pace. I believe it messed up the timing of the race and through a lot of good horses off their rhythm. Ill Have Another came off the pace to win. Never happen again.
JDS0810 More than 1 year ago
The connections of I'll Have Another may be behind this!!! Just kidding, but they sure would benefit if this happens!!!
STEPHEN MERCIER More than 1 year ago
Stuart More than 1 year ago
This is a sprinter miler. C'mon! Very nice horse so let him show it... If Bode does not run he still has Hansen who will run this time, especially with no Bode. Please run in the Woody Stevens!
paul cervenan More than 1 year ago
What a Cowboy! Used to be that if you had a horse that could go the distance and beat the best in the field, you would enter your horse. Maybe Mr. Parbhoo better think about what he does and says, seems like he just likes to shoot his mouth off. What he did to that horse in the Derby, losing by 32 lengths is and should be considered Animal Cruelty. Hey, all you activists, this is an animal issue that should be protested.........get this bum out of horse racing, who gave this jackwagon a trainers license?
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
So he caught it for going to the Derby and now he catches it for making a VERY gracious offer to Baffert to bow out of the Preakness if Bode goes in... The guy will never be right will he Paul?
paul cervenan More than 1 year ago
Gracious offer? What are you kidding? Horse can't go seven panels on his best day. Caught what? Putting a horse in a race where he doesn't belong? Seems to me that you have no argument. 33 lengths solidifies that. To emphatically answer your very last question, Chad Mc Rory, NO ! Just like entering Eight Belles in the Derby was a FATAL mistake.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
How in the world you can make ANY connection is way beyond me. We done.
Gerald Sabo More than 1 year ago
The problem I have Chad is this, If Bode doesn't go Trinni is? Huge mistake because the horse want 7/8 to a mile. Reminds me of Jackson Bend. Zito has done a good job in finding his niche, Parboo should do the same.
Stuart More than 1 year ago
Yes, but Jackson Bend had the form to finish a close third in the Derby. This horse is a speed horse with distance limitation although I think with the right pace he could factor at 8.5f.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
And guys - - - if there is no Trinni then SOMEONE has got to send their horse to keep Bode honest. You can't turn him loose on the lead altho' Baffert would sure like that.
Booby More than 1 year ago
What's funny is the people blaming Trinni for Bode's loss will also blame him for Bode losing the Preakness. Took too much out of him. I really thought there was a reason they put jockeys on these horses. You know, maybe to keep a horse from being suckered into speed duels and such. Mike Smith is laughing in your face for blaming Trinni! He knows who lost the Derby!!!!!
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Don't land on me too hard for covering a Riders' butt but we ALL know more now about Trinnis' capabilities AND his limitations. Any trainer, rider, gallop boy or groom will tell you speed that gets loose on the lead is dangerous. You can't lose contact. Bode was s'posed to get the distance. He did, but from where I sat he had done alotta work before he shipped to Louisville.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Strongly disagree
Gerald Sabo More than 1 year ago
Baffert is to blame, he told Smith to let him run. Burned him up, should have won.
Stuart More than 1 year ago
Baffert said to go to the lead, not to run the horse off of his own feet. For an example of how that is done, see the 2007 Kentucky Derby. That ride would have won it this year--there is no Street Sense or Curlin in this crop IMO.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
So Gerald, and Stuart... We've all seen Trinni and he's gonna back up again right? I thought it was a pretty nice gesture for Parbhoo to offer to back out if Bode shows. Trinni - really guys - does anybody think Trinni can win here? Do I question the owner? Betcherbutt I do. But then - if Willie can save enough - - -
superdog More than 1 year ago
Best response of the day,Gerald. Blame Baffert for telling Smith, to let him go. Let him go, at a mile and a quarter.? Dumb.
R. Carlos Nanez More than 1 year ago
Trinniberg is a really nice horse, at the 3/16 he was still there, I think he will be a great 7/8 to a mile horse, and I don't care what anybody says, trainer Parbhoo is doing a good job with his horses.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Me Too Carlos! Good luck to them all. They are living out a dream and some people just can't stand that.
Gerald Sabo More than 1 year ago
Not when he's running him a mile and a quater.
Stuart More than 1 year ago
Yes, the horse did okay...but he was passed by a washed out and overheated Hansen who was pulling for his head and still had enough to coast by Trinni coming out of the turn. KEEP THE HORSE AT 1 MILE AND UNDER!
Jerry Sabo More than 1 year ago
This guy is nuts, gets beat 31 lengths and thinks that Bodemeister cost him the race. Wake up Parboo, the horse doesn't want to go this far even if it is 1/16 shorter.
Jon More than 1 year ago
First of all Bode is running, so Prabu hush. Second is for some reason Bode does not run & with Trin there we get better odds on the real contenders.