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Trinniberg Impressive in Fast Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Trinniberg and jockey Willie Martinez captured the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint in impressive fashion, stopping the timer in a blazing 1:07.98.

The son of Journeyman Stud stallion Teuflesberg is owned by Sherry Parbhoo and conditioned by Shivananda Parbhoo.

“When he turned for home, I felt really good, said Shivananda.  “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.”

Winner of the Woody Stephens Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park in June, Trinniberg had lost his next three races. He finished second in the Carry Back Stakes (G3) at Calder, ninth in the King’s Bishop Stakes (G1) at Saratoga and most recently was beaten by Well Spelled in the Gallant Bob at PARX Racing.

“You can dream it, you can feel it, but when you taste it, it’s a totally different thing,” said Martinez. “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 Lumber Guy finished second and Smiling Tiger crossed the wire in third. Defending Sprint Champion Amazombie was never involved and finished eighth as the race favorite.

In other Breeders’ Cup action on Saturday, Shanghai Bobby captured the $2 million Juvenile (G1) for Starlight Racing, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith and trainer Todd Pletcher. In an exciting stretch duel, Shanghai Bobby, ridden by Rose Naptravnik, turned back a stern challenge from He’s Had Enough.

Tapizar, owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds, won the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) under Corey Nakatani for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Groupie Doll capped off a sensational season with an authoritative score in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) for Fred Bradley, William Bradley, Carl Hurst and Brent Burns; and European shipper George Vancouver won the Juvenile Turf (G1) for trainer Aidan O’Brien and jockey Ryan Moore.

Trinniberg/Benoit photo