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Trinniberg Preps at Spa for King's Bishop

Woody Stephens winner breezes half-mile in :49.41 over Oklahoma training track.

With his eye on the $500,000 Foxwoods King’s Bishop (gr. I) this month, three-time graded stakes winner Trinniberg  had his first breeze at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 3, traveling four furlongs on the Oklahoma training track in :49.41 with jockey Willie Martinez aboard.

“His regular rider was aboard him, and we told him we didn’t want anything faster than 49,” said owner Shivananda Parbhoo. “He went in 49.41, which is perfect. (Martinez) didn’t move a muscle. (Trinniberg) came back happy and went straight to his feed.”

Parbhoo said Trinniberg, second to Fort Loudon in the Carry Back (gr. III) July 7 at Calder Casino & Race Course, has been at Saratoga for 20 days and will breeze the next two Saturdays. The King's Bishop, at seven furlongs, is Aug. 25.

“They’ll have to try to catch him,” said Parbhoo, whose father, Bisnath Parboo, trains the Teuflesberg colt.

The King’s Bishop will be Trinniberg’s second race at Saratoga, having finished second by three-quarters of a length to Currency Swap at 68-1 in the Three Chimneys Hopeful (gr. I) last September. Trinniberg turned the tables on Currency Swap two starts back in the Woody Stephens (gr. II) on Belmont Stakes day. Currency Swap came back to win the Amsterdam Stakes (gr. II) July 28.

Six of the 10 starters in last year’s Hopeful have gone on to win at least one stakes, topped by sixth-place finisher I'll Have Another , who captured this year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I).

“Trinnberg ran a big race in the Hopeful, and half of the field has come back to do big things,” said Parbhoo.