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Date Race Grade Distance Finish Chart Replay
Apr 7 2012 Bay Shore Aqueduct III 7 Furlongs 1 REPLAY
Mar 10 2012 Swale Gulfstream Park III 7 Furlongs 1 REPLAY
Nov 4 2011 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint Churchill Downs 6 Furlongs 7 REPLAY
Oct 2 2011 Nashua Belmont Park II 6 Furlongs 2 REPLAY
Sep 5 2011 Three Chimneys Hopeful Saratoga I 7 Furlongs 2 REPLAY
Aug 15 2011 Three Chimneys Saratoga Special Saratoga II 6 1/2 Furlongs 5 REPLAY


Bisnath Parboo


Bisnath trained racehorses in his native Trinidad before moving to the United States. He first ventured into thoroughbred racing in America as an owner in 1982 and had most of his horses with trainers in New York. He took out his own trainer's license in 2007 and saddled his first winner at Aqueduct in 2008. 2011 was his best year by far with such stable stars as Trinniberg and Giant Ryan, both who were purchased at the two year old sales. Both horses took Parboo to Churchill Downs in the fall of 2011 for the Breeders Cup .

Willie Martinez


Martinez came to the U.S. in 1988 and began working as a groom and hotwalker at Finger Lakes Race Track in New York. He took out his jockey’s license in 1989 and won his first race at Tampa Bay Downs. Martinez has won riding titles at Elli Park, Tampa Bay, Turfway Park, Keeneland, and Hileah Park. He rode Brass Hat to wins in the 2006 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park and New Orleans Handicap at Fair Grounds. Martinez has ridden in three Kentucky Derbys: Mahogany Hall in 1994, Shammy Davis in 1997, and Valhol in 1999. Top mounts have included:  Noble’s Promise, Brass Hat and Trinniberg.

Shivananda Racing


Shivananda Parhboo is the son of trainer Bisnath Parboo . The reason for the difference in spelling involves a typo when the family moved from their native Trinidad to the United States. He started going to the races in Trinidad when he was five years old and has been involved in racing in some form since. He and 27 members of the family own all the horses trained by their father. They had success in 2011 with Grade 1 winner Giant Ryan and Trinniberg.

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Teuflesburg--Bella Dorato, by Goldminers Gold

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Originally expected to bypass the Kentucky Derby in favor of the Preakness, the swift Trinniberg will instead take a position in the starting gate for Churchill Downs' 1 1/4-mile classic. Hero of the Bay Shore and Swale in two starts this season, Trinniberg will attempt to win the Derby in his first ever race beyond seven furlongs.

Trinniberg has inherited the family legacy of being a solid one-turn performer. His sire, Teuflesberg, won the seven-furlong Woody Stephens at Belmont Park and the six-furlong Sugar Bowl at Fair Grounds. However, he did stretch his speed over one mile to take the Southwest at Oaklawn, and finished a close fourth in the first ever edition of the 1 1/8-mile Blue Grass at Keeneland contested over Polytrack.

Generally speaking, Teuflesberg struggled to keep up in races at 1 1/16 miles and beyond. Two of his ugliest defeats occurred at Churchill Downs, where he finished 10th in the 2006 Breeders' Cup Juvenile and 17th in the 2007 Kentucky Derby.

A son of 2001 juvenile champion Johannesburg, who ran eighth in the 2002 Kentucky Derby, Teuflesberg has produced only two other black-type performers: the stakes-placed Logan's Peak and Not an Altar Boy.

Trinniberg is easily the highest-grade performer produced by his female family in generations. His stakes-placed dam, Bella Dorato, was kin to three stakes-placed runners, including the Grade 3-placed Dream of Kaylee. Trinniberg is the first stakes winner produced by any of his first four dams.

The most notable member of Trinniberg's extended family tree is Calvacade, the 1934 Kentucky Derby winner reared by Trinniberg's eighth dam.

Trinniberg is the first stakes winner produced by a daughter of Goldminers Gold, a stakes-winning sprinter at Woodbine and the defunct Detroit Race Course. The only black-type earning offspring of Goldminers Gold was Board Elligible, a filly who was a multiple listed winner and Grade 3-placed in New York.

Though likely to be the speed of the speed in the Kentucky Derby, Trinniberg's pedigree and unconventional prep work suggest he is unlikely to see out 10 furlongs. 

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