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Trinniberg Looks to Carry His Speed Classic Distance in Derby


Trinniberg, the expected pacesetter in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, galloped two furlongs at Churchill Downs on Monday morning.

“We backed up to the wire and got all the way up to the three-eighths pole and from there on I was able to ease him out at the top of the lane and let him stretch his legs a little bit. That’s all we wanted to do,” jockey Willie Martinez said. “We weren’t looking for any time.”

Martinez has been aboard the son of Teuflesberg for two front-running victories in the Swale Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park and the Bay Shore (G3) at Aqueduct this year. The 41-year-old journeyman rider said he has noticed a marked change in the colt since trainer Bisnath Parboo removed blinkers this year.

Trinniberg, an OBS graduate, has never raced beyond seven furlongs in his career. While some have questioned Trinniberg’s ability to carry his speed a classic distance, Martinez isn’t worried.

“He is such a different animal,” said Martinez, who had worked Trinniberg before his seventh-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint under jockey Cornelio Velasquez at Churchill Downs last fall.  “Day and night.  He’s so relaxed now.”

Trinniberg is owned by Shivananda Parbhoo and is based at Calder Race Course in Miami.

–Churchill Downs Communications contributed to this report.

Trinniberg/Reed Palmer photo

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