Saturday, Belmont Park
WOODY STEPHENS S.-GII
, $400,000, BEL, 6-9, 3yo, 7f, 1:22 1/5, ft.
1--TRINNIBERG, 123, c, 3, by Teuflesberg 1st Dam: Bella Dorato (SP, $103,420), by Goldminers Gold
2nd Dam: Witchkin, by Salem
3rd Dam: Magic Acorn, by Torsion
($1,500 yrl '10 FTKOCT; $21,000 2yo '11 OBSAPR). O-Shivananda Racing; B-J M Stables Inc (KY); T-Bisnath Parboo; J-Willie Martinez; $240,000. Lifetime Record: GISP, 9-4-2-0, $581,300. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 121, c, 3, High Cotton
--Echo Bluff, by Pine Bluff. ($42,000 wlng '09 OBSOCT; $70,000 yrl '10 FTKJUL; $92,000 RNA 2yo '11 OBSMAR). O-Klaravich Stables Inc & William H Lawrence; B-Stonecliff Farm (FL); T-Teresa M Pompay; $80,000.
, 123, c, 3, Pollard's Vision
--Do the Wekiva, by Wekiva Springs. ($9,500 RNA wlng '09 KEENOV; $34,000 yrl '10 FTKFEB; $60,000 yrl '10 FTKJUL; $35,000 RNA 2yo '11 FTMMAY). O-Chuck Russo; B-Vossfeld Bloodstock Group LLC (KY); T-Susan L Crowell; $40,000.
Margins: 1 3/4, 1 3/4, 3/4. Odds: 2.85, 9.30, 15.10.
Also Ran: Hardened Wildcat, Bourbon Courage, Hierro, Isn't He Clever, Power World, Laurie's Rocket, Brian.Click for the brisnet.com chart, the brisnet.com PPs, the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree or the video, sponsored by Taylor Made Sales.
Trinniberg gave his connections some consolation for the injury suffered earlier by Giant Ryan and cemented his status as the leading sprinter of his generation with a front-running victory in the Woody Stephens. Runner-up to Currency Swap in the GI Three Chimneys S. last September and in the GII Nashua S. the following month, the dark bay attended a blistering pace in the inaugural Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint and faded to seventh behind Secret Circle (Eddington). The Triple Crown nominee returned in style, taking the GIII Swale S. by a half-dozen lengths Mar. 10 at Gulfstream, then parlayed a soft trip into a three-length score over Hardened Wildcat (Hard Spun) in Aqueduct's GIII Bay Shore S. Apr. 7. When his connections decided to try Trinniberg in the GI Kentucky Derby, he was expected to take them as far as he could for as long as he could. He ran into a roadblock named Bodemeister (Empire Maker), who led through six furlongs in 1:09 4/5, and Trinniberg, as most expected, had run his race and was eased home for all intents and purposes. They even toyed with a run in the GI Preakness if Bodemeister didn't show up, but wisely backed down from that and returned to the one-turn game here. Quickly into stride, Trinniberg was joined–somewhat surprisingly–by his Hopeful conqueror and the duo raced through an opening fraction of :22.30, as Il Villano, restrained off the pace, held the fence from third. The front two began to sneak away a bit at the quarter pole, and Trinniberg asserted superiority in the final furlong to score handily. "There's nothing more that we can ask for," commented winning owner Shivananda Parbhoo. "I was expecting 44 [seconds], 1:08. I know this horse is capable of going fast. When they run this hard, you hope they come back good. $400,000, this is the biggest win. I don't think any 3-year-old is going to be able to run with him."