Trinniberg decision makes little sense

Life is full of decisions. Big and small, each decision helps shape the path we travel down a day from now, a month from now, and even for years to come. Unlike humans, thoroughbred race horses have a majority of their decisions made for them. The path they ultimately lead is shaped by their connections. Today, the racing career of the talented sprinter, Trinniberg, took an unexpected detour when owner Shivananda Parbhoo announced that the son of Teuflesberg will bypass next week’s Derby Trial in favor of the 2012 Kentucky Derby. Unfortunately for the horse, as decisions go, this one was a real stinker.
This is horse that has never been beyond seven furlongs and is bred to sprint. The last time Trinniberg ventured to Churchill Downs for a big race, he set a blistering pace in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint before packing it in to finish 7th by 13 ½ lengths. He should be so lucky in the Kentucky Derby.
Of course, he won’t be. This will be a sprinter running against the best three-year-olds in the nation at the demanding distance of 1 ¼ miles. Chances are he will not fair as well as his sire did when he finished 17th five years ago. The only thing Trinniberg will accomplish, other than adding to the early pace, is to allow his connections to live the Kentucky Derby experience. It really is a shame, because in his first two races of 2012, he was looking like one of the best young sprinters in the nation.
What will become of Trinniberg after he drops anchor somewhere during the run for the roses? You never know, sometimes horses can bounce back from this type of mismanagement with little to no ill effects, but … often they are not so lucky.

Meet Brian Zipse

Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, American Pharoah and Justify. Before coming to HRN, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. His racing partnership venture, Derby Day Racing, invites more fans to experience the thrill of racehorse ownership.

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, created the popular racing webcast HorseCenter, and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as hosting HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves on the Board of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars and is a Vox Populi committee member. He is a voter for racing's Hall of Fame, as well as a weekly NTRA poll voter. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.

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