GIANT RYAN HAS EASY WORK; TEST TIME FOR TRINNIBERG ON THURSDAY – The plan for Shivananda Parbhoo was to have his two Breeders’ Cup hopefuls, Giant Ryan and Trinniberg, work on Thursday morning after the break.
Mother Nature did not get the memo.
Lighter than expected rain overnight coupled with light drizzle during training hours left the track in “wet-fast” condition and Parbhoo in a quandary with more rain scheduled the next 24 hours in the Louisville area.
“I didn’t know the track would be so good this morning,” Parbhoo said. “I sent (Trinniberg) out early without company and I had no company lined up for him at that time.”
After the break, Giant Ryan breezed an easy three furlongs on his own with exercise rider Sabastian Garcia aboard in :39.20. Clockers got Giant Ryan in :12.60 for the first eighth of a mile and galloping out a half-mile in :53.60.
"I just wanted him to get used to the track and I told the rider to really slow him down and not go too fast,” Parbhoo said. “The next work next week is more important. He’ll go a half-mile and gallop out a strong five-eighths.”
Giant Ryan will enter the Grade I, $1.5 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Sprint on a six-race win streak that is highlighted by victories in the GII Smile Sprint Handicap and the GI Vosburgh.
As for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint candidate Trinniberg, he will have company tomorrow morning for a key work.
“He will breeze the best he can and show me what he is all about,” said Parbhoo, who would have to ante up $100,000 to supplement Trinniberg to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint. “I am in it to win, not run second. If he is not up to the standard to win, he’s not going."
Trinniberg, who is nominated to the GIII Iroquois to be run here on Oct. 30, finished second in his most recent start in the GII Nashua and prior to that was second in the GI Hopeful. He is scheduled to work a half-mile Thursday with Willie Martinez slated to be aboard.
CHAMBERLAIN BRIDGE FIRES BULLET FIVE-EIGHTHS FOR BREEDERS’ CUP TURF SPRINT – Carl Moore Management LLC’s Chamberlain Bridge, defending champion in the GII Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, tuned up for an expected repeat bid Wednesday morning by working a bullet five furlongs on the main track in :59 with jockey Jamie Theriot up.
Working shortly after the track opened at 6 o’clock on a surface labeled as “wet-fast”, Chamberlain Bridge recorded fractions of :11.80, :23.40, :35.40, :47 and out six furlongs in 1:13.80. The five-furlong time was 1.4 seconds better than the next fastest time.
“You can’t do any better than that,” Theriot said. “I think he has a big, big chance.”
Theriot rode Chamberlain Bridge to victory in last year’s Breeders’ Cup, a day after winning the GI Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint with Dubai Majesty, also for trainer Bret Calhoun.
Theriot was confident about Chamberlain Bridge’s chances last year, “but Dubai Majesty, she was doing so good, but she was 0-for-7 at the (seven-furlong) distance and it was a tough spot.”
In the 27-year history of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, riders have won the same race in consecutive years 18 times with seven coming with the same mount. The Turf Sprint has had only three runnings and no rider has repeated.
“The (prospective) field doesn’t look as a deep as last year,” said Theriot, who also has been Chamberlain Bridge’s regular rider for works. “There were some tough horses in there last year.”
BARN TALK – Bobby Flay’s Her Smile, winner of the Grade I Prioress at Belmont Park this year, will be pointed to the GII, $150,000 Chilukki, which is to be contested at one mile on the main track beneath the Twin Spires on the undercard of Breeders’ Cup Saturday. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Her Smile finished sixth after a troubled trip in the Charles Town Oaks in her most recent start. …
Dark Thunder, winner of four consecutive sprints in New York, will be pointed to the $85,000 The Jimmy V, which is scheduled to be run on the undercard of Breeders’ Cup Friday. Also trained by Pletcher, Dark Thunder captured the Island Whirl Stakes at Saratoga by 5 ¾ lengths. …
General Quarters, a multiple Grade I winner of more than $1.2 million, is likely to appear next in the GII Fayette going 1 1/8 miles on Polytrack at Keeneland on Oct. 29. He is stabled at Churchill Downs in Barn 37. …
Nominations for four graded stakes races to be run at Churchill Downs over Breeders’ Cup weekend will close today (Wednesday). The eighth running of the GIII, $100,000 Commonwealth Turf for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on the Matt Winn Turf Course will be contested on Thursday, Nov. 3. The 19th running of the GIII, $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles on the main track will be part of the undercard on Breeders’ Cup Friday. The 26th running of the GII, $150,000 Chilukki for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up at one mile on the main track will be contested on Breeders’ Cup Saturday. The 38th running of the GIII, $100,000 Cardinal Handicap for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles on the Matt Winn Turf Course will be run Sunday, Nov. 6.