2012 Kentucky Derby Contenders, Borderline Horses and Throwouts – Part IV


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TRINNIBERG (#17 on Money List)

Jennie Rees at the Courier Journal recently penned this about Trinniberg:  “He made his graded stakes money at sprint distances and is more likely for the Derby Trial. Trainer Bisnath Parboo says he doesn’t want to ruin a good horse by running him too far. Smart trainer.”

Unfortunately Kentucky Derby fever often strikes at this time of the year, and otherwise intelligent individuals make stupid decisions. Entering this sprinter in the Derby is a perfect example of this. The connections of this horse, who has never been past 7 furlongs, have done a 180 and are now planning on entering Kentucky Derby 138. What this does ensure is an even hotter pace than what was expected.

“You want to know the reason,” Parbhoo responded about his decision to re-route the colt to the Derby. “Secret Circle. When he came out of the race (due to a reported sesamoid injury), that’s what did it for me. With him out of the race, I know there isn’t another horse in the race with the kind of speed my horse has.”

Yeah, well good luck with that Parbhoo. It’s true your horse will be on the lead for the opening six furlongs or so, but that doesn’t get you very far in the 10 furlong Kentucky Derby.

As someone who has owned horses, I think it is sad that they have made this decision. Trinniberg is in brilliant form this year, having captured both his sprint attempts in impressive fashion.  Risking his year and possibly his career for a shot at the Derby is unfortunate.

Trinniberg is 1-20 to finish last in this year’s Run for the Roses.

Status: Throwout

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  1. Hal Lenox says

    You are absolutely correct ,Sir ! If Trinniberg is in the money, I will take up a new
    sport. Perhaps tiddlywinks..

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