Trinniberg, like Broadway’s Alibi one race before, parlayed a winning stakes effort at Gulfstream Park to success on the Wood Memorial undercard at Aqueduct on Saturday.
The 3-year-old son of Journeyman Stud stallion Teuflesberg was never seriously challenged in the seven-furlong fixture. Jockey Willie Martinez appeared to be a quiet passenger in the stirrups most of the trip, only asking Trinniberg to run in mid-stretch. He comfortably held the late charge of Hardened Wildcat at bay to win by three lengths in 1:23.46.
“You should never be too confident going into a race. It’s horse racing – anything can happen – but I was overwhelmed with confidence,” Martinez told NYRA Press. “Once I cleared the chute I knew it was all over. I was just trying to be the passenger. He’s the pilot.”
Trinniberg, who is based at Calder in Miami, Fl., is owned by Shivananda Racing and is trained by Bisnath Parboo.
“The performance was amazing,” said Shivananda Parbhoo. “I knew he would go to the lead. He’s the class of the race. [Jockey Willie Martinez] didn’t even use him at all. The plans are the Preakness, but let me see how good he comes out. There’s a 15 percent chance for the Kentucky Derby. I want to go long.”