GIANT RYAN, TRINNIBERG TURN IN SECOND CHURCHILL DOWNS WORKS – Shivananda Parbhoo’s Giant Ryan was scheduled to work Wednesday morning about 8:30 after the renovation break, but the 5-year-old did not want to wait that long.
“He was active in his stall this morning and we didn’t want him to hurt himself,” trainer Bisnath Parboo said of the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (GI) hopeful. “He was ready.”
So, at 6:20 with Willie Martinez aboard, the winner of six consecutive races including the Grade I Vosburgh, went to the track where he turned in a half-mile work in :48.60, seventh fastest of 25 at the distance on a track labeled fast. Giant Ryan, who was working on his own, was clocked in fractions of :12, :24, :36 and out five furlongs in 1:02.40. “We wanted :48 and out in 1:01 or 1:02, so we got what we wanted,” Parboo said. “He’s not tired at all. We may do a little something (next week before the Breeders’ Cup) depending on how he feels. He will tell you what he wants to do. He is a very easy horse to train. If he needs a one- or two-furlong breeze, he will get it.”
Giant Ryan had worked three furlongs in :39.20 on a track labeled as wet-fast last Wednesday.
“The racetrack does not matter with him,” Parboo said. “He runs on any track.”
About an hour later, Parboo returned to the track with stablemate Trinniberg, a candidate for the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint.
With Martinez up and working in company with the 4-year-old Butler Cabin out of the starting gate, Trinniberg covered three furlongs in :37.60 while maintaining a narrow edge on his workmate. Fractions for the work were :25.20 and out a half-mile in :50.40 and five furlongs in 1:03.80. The three-eighths time was the sixth fastest of 11 at the distance.
Trinniberg, who is graded stakes-placed on off-tracks, had worked a bullet half-mile in :48.20 on a sloppy track last Thursday with Martinez up.
“His work last week on the off track was good,” Martinez said. “But his work today was unbelievable. The track was cuppy and when we broke from the gate, we were carried out toward the middle of the track by some horses and we didn’t move to the rail until the gallop-out.
“That may have affected the time a bit. He did it the right way today. His last race, it was like the light went on.”
RIDERS UP – Two-time Breeders’ Cup-winning jockey Robby Albarado is scheduled to ride in five World Championships races next weekend according to his agent Lenny Pike. Albarado, who won the 2007 Classic on Curlin and the 2009 Juvenile Fillies Turf on Tapitsfly, has the call on Hamazing Destiny (Sentient Jet Sprint), Optimizer (Grey Goose Juvenile), Havelock (Turf Sprint), Animal Spirits (Juvenile Turf) and Court Vision (TVG Mile). Pike also said that Albarado has the call on Absinthe Minded in the Grade II Chilukki and Salty Strike in the Dream Supreme next Saturday.
Jerry Hissam, agent for three-time Kentucky Derby-winning rider Calvin Borel, said the No. 2 all-time leading rider at Churchill Downs has the call on two Breeders’ Cup mounts. Borel, whose lone Breeders’ Cup victory came in the 2006 Juvenile here on Street Sense, is slated to ride A.U. Miner (Marathon) and Rattlesnake Bridge (Classic).
Rajiv Maragh, seeking his initial Breeders’ Cup victory, has the call in four races in the World Championships, according to his agent Richard DePass. Maragh is scheduled to ride Caleb’s Posse (Dirt Mile or Sentient Jet Sprint), Distorted Legacy (Emirates Airline Filly & Mare Turf), Miss Netta (Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies) and Pachattack (Ladies’ Classic).
BARN TALK – Activity on the backstretch was scheduled to pick up Wednesday with expected arrivals of Giant Oak and Cease (Breeders’ Cup Marathon), Satans Quick Chick (Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic) and Jake Mo (Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint). Scheduled for Thursday arrival are contingents from the stables of Graham Motion and Marty Wolfson, with defending Breeders’ Cup Sentient Jet Sprint winner Big Drama slated to arrive Friday.