Trinniberg's Preakness Stakes 2012 Participation Depends on Bodemeister

Carlos TorresContributor IMay 8, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 29:  Trinniberg is riden on the track during the morning excercise session in preparation for the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on April 29, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Matthew Stockman/Getty Images is reporting that sprinter Trinniberg would run in the Preakness Stakes only if Bodemeister skips the race.

According to the report, Trinniberg's owner, Shivananda Parbhoo, is so very impressed with the way the colt is doing after the race, that he is willing to wheel him back to Pimlico and run the Preakness.

That is if Kentucky Derby runner-up Bodemeister decides to skip the Preakness.

So before you start handicapping the Preakness' pace, you have to wait for trainer Bob Baffert to receive a sign from Bodemeister that he is ready to run.

Baffert told the the day after the race:

I’m just going to let him tell me if he’s ready like I did with Lookin At Lucky.  With Lookin At Lucky, the next day I told you we’re not going, I doubt we were going, and then by [the following] Monday, not only are we going we’re going to win it, I’ve just got to wait to see if [Bodemeister] shows me a spark.

If you recall, Lookin at Lucky was the 2010 Kentucky Derby favorite and had an eventful trip from his post position on the rail, being roughed twice early before rallying under Garrett Gomez to finish sixth behind Super Saver.

Then two weeks later, he came back under new jockey Martin Garcia and won the Preakness after a fantastic stretch duel with First Dude and Jackson Bend.

But as for Trinniberg's owner plans, it all makes perfect sense. When you take a look at the likely full field of the Preakness, there is not another horse that would be able to challenge Trinniberg for the lead in the early goings.

Now, the big question comes once again on whether Trinniberg can actually extend his sprint prowess beyond seven furlongs.

He chased the ridiculous pace set by Bodemeister for six furlongs before he started to fade and finish 17th, beaten by 31.5 lengths. 

On my preview for the Derby, I had said that the only way Trinniberg had a chance is if nobody comes to him for the first three calls, and that was not going to happen. It didn't.

I also expect the same thing if he is the one setting the pace in the Preakness.

He might be able to slow down the pace up front like he did when he won the G3 Bay Shore at Aqueduct before the Derby. But the stalkers like Derby winner I'll Have Another will pressure him earlier and often here.

Trinniberg vanned from Kentucky to Calder on Monday. If Bodemeister decides to crash the Preakness party, he will fly later to New York and participate in the $200,000 Grade II Woody Stephens Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9 at seven furlongs.

Sounds like a good plan for Trinniberg's connections. My advice: reserve the plane for New York.