TRINNIBERG WORKS BULLET HALF-MILE OVER SLOPPY GOING – Shivananda Parbhoo’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint candidate Trinniberg worked a half-mile over sloppy going in :48.20 after the renovation break on a cold and rainy Thursday morning at Churchill Downs.
Working in company with 4-year-old stablemate Butler Cabin and outfitted in blinkers as is his norm, Trinniberg posted fractions of :12.20, :24.40, :36.20 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:03.40, finishing two lengths in front of his stablemate. The half-mile move was the fastest of 22 at the distance.
“It was a good little work and I got him to relax,” said Willie Martinez, who was aboard for the move. “He’s got natural speed and is extremely quick. At the top of the lane, when I asked him, he responded.”
Trinniberg has shown an affinity for off-tracks, having run two of his four races on tracks rated “sloppy” and one on a track labeled “good.”
"That’s why we had no problem working him today, because we know he loves it,” Parbhoo said of Trinniberg, who finished second in the Grade I Hopeful on a sloppy track. “I thought he breezed well this morning.”
Trinniberg would have to be supplemented at a cost of $100,000 for the Breeders’ Cup when pre-entries close on Monday.
“We’ll see how he is tomorrow,” Parbhoo said. “I would have no hesitation in writing the check. I love the game. But, he has already paid his way (with runner-up finishes in the GII Nashua and Hopeful).”
Parbhoo said Trinniberg would have a three-furlong work out of the gate next Thursday.
Parbhoo’s other Breeders’ Cup candidate, sprinter Giant Ryan, will return to the track Friday morning after working three furlongs on a track labeled “wet-fast” in :39.20 on Wednesday.
“I am happy we worked him yesterday,” said Parbhoo, who initially planed to work Giant Ryan this morning. “He is fine today and his next work will be Thursday, but it could be Wednesday or Friday depending on weather.”
BARN TALK – Three Breeders’ Cup hopefuls in the Mark Casse barn are scheduled to work Monday after the renovation break according to assistant trainer Norman Casse. Northern Passion, winner of the Grade III Natalma in her most recent start, will start in the GII Juvenile Fillies Turf or the GI Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies. Prospective, who captured the GIII Grey at Woodbine, is under consideration for the GII Juvenile Turf and the GI Juvenile. Spirited Miss, who finished fourth to her stablemate in the Natalma and was second in the Mazarine, will appear next in the Juvenile Fillies Turf or Juvenile Fillies. …
A fourth possible Breeders’ Cup starter for Casse is Hailstone, a half-brother to versatile Grade I winner Court Vision and a candidate for the Turf. A 4-year-old son of City Zip, Hailstone was fifth in the GI Northern Dancer at Woodbine in his most recent start. He will train up to the race at the Ocala Training Center with the plan to ship to Churchill Downs during Breeders’ Cup week. …
My Due Process, who was under consideration for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint, will be pointed to the GII Pocahontas on opening day of the Churchill Downs Fall Meet. The 2-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes was victorious in her most recent start, the Monmouth Park NATC Futurity. …
WinStar Farm LLC’s Rule, a multiple graded stakes winning millionaire, will be pointed to the GI, $500,000 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 25 according to Todd Pletcher’s assistant trainer Mike McCarthy.
WORKTAB – J. B.’s Thunder, winner of last year’s Grade I Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland, breezed four furlongs over a sloppy Churchill Downs track Thursday in :52 for trainer Al Stall Jr. The 3-year-old son of Thunder Gulch finished third in an allowance race over Keeneland’s Polytrack in his most recent start.
CORRECTION – In a Wednesday note about jockeys that have ridden the same horse to win the same Breeders’ Cup race in consecutive years, the total number is eight.