Trinniberg posted his first Grade 1 victory in the $1.5 million Breeders' Cup Sprint by three-quarters of a length Nov. 3 at Santa Anita Park. Trinniberg, the leading earner for his sire Teuflesberg, is also the first millionaire by the Journeyman Stud stallion, with earnings of $1,483,300.
Ridden by Willie Matinez, Trinniberg set just off the pace of Sum of the Parts, who rocketed through a quarter mile in :21.41 seconds. Teuflesberg poked his head in front at the half-mile point, which went in a torrid :43.73. Despite the wicked pace, he held off The Lumber Guy late after opening a daylight advantage in the stretch. The final time was 1:07.98.
Trained by Shivananda Parbhoo for his wife, Sherry Parbhoo, Trinniberg raced with blinkers for the first time since last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint, when the dark bay or brown colt finished seventh at Churchill Downs.
“When he turned for home, I felt really good," Pabhoo said. "I added blinkers today because I thought in his last few races he had lost confidence, but we never lost our confidence in him. I knew he would be in front at the eighth pole, and that’s why I added the blinkers. This is awesome.”
“You can dream it, you can feel it, but when you taste it, it’s a totally different thing," Martinez, Trinnibeg's regular rider, said of the Breeders' Cup win. "I never lost confidence in him. He’s been running against the best sprinters all year, I figured if I was first or second turning for home, he was going to be very tough to beat. This means the world to me.”
The victory was worth $810,000 to Trinniberg's connections.
A $21,000 2-year-old in training purchase at Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s April sale in 2011, Trinniberg was bred in Kentucky by J M Stables. He is out of the Goldminers Gold mare Bella Dorato.
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