Photo: Eclipse Sportswire
a day of fantastic racing, highlighted by the victories of Princess
of Sylmar, Laughing, Ron the Greek, Mucho Macho Man and Graydar, the
racing world was greeted with a low upon hearing the news of Shanghai
Bobby's retirement. Last year's Two Year Old Champ, newly healed
from a pelvic fracture, won the 6 ½ furlong Aljamin Stakes just ten
days ago. Shanghai Bobby suffered a injury to a suspensory ligament
after the race. This dashed the hopes of his owner Starlight
Racing and trainer Todd
Pletcher to take the brilliant colt back to the Breeders' Cup.
ligament injuries are one of the most common injuries to race horses.
These ligaments prevent excessive extension of the fetlock joint when
a horse runs. When a suspensory ligament is injured, there is usually
heat and swelling in the area, sometimes with pain and lameness.
This damage takes months to heal. Often, thoroughbreds can race
again, but they may not gain the same level of form and run the risk
of re-injuring the area or braking down all together.
what's next for the Eclipse Award winner? Shanghai Bobby will head
to Coolmore's Ashford Stud where he'll be in elite company with
former stablemate Uncle
Mo, Hansen and Lookin At Lucky. All four earned Eclipse Awards
as Juvenile Champs.
record: 8-6-1-0 ($1,857,000)
– Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G-1) 1 1/16 miles
– Champagne Stakes (G-1) 1 mile
- Hopeful Stakes (G-2) 7F
– Track Barron Stakes 5 ½ F
- Aljamin Stakes 6 ½ F
– Holy Bull Stakes (G-2) 1 1/16 miles
Bobby is bred to be a precocious miler. He's the most talented runner
by Harlan's Holiday on the track and the latest son of the young sire
to retire to stud. The stallion's best son at stud is CashCall
Futurity hero Into Mischief. The second crop sire has produced two
graded stakes winners, the sprinter Goldencents and the miler Vyjack.
Harlan's Harlan's Holiday's son Denis of Cork, who was third in the
Kentucky Derby behind Big Brown and second in the Belmont Stakes
behind D'Tara, is a 2013 first crop sire. So far, he has five
starters, two winners and a stakes placed runner from a crop of only
12 foals. Holiday's other notable son, the Grade 1 winning sprinter
Majesticperfection, will see his first crop of babies race next year.
Bobby is the first foal produced by his dam. Steelin' didn't make her
debut until February of her three year old season and needed six
starts to win her maiden. She evolved into a versatile allowance
class runner in California, winning races up to 1 1/6 miles over
dirt, turf and Polytrack. As a four year old, Steelin' won a listed
sprint stakes at Fairplex. Steelin is the best foal produced by her
dam Steel Band (by Carson City). Steel Band is a full sister to City
Band, heroine of the Oak Leaf (G-1) and Golden Rod Stakes (G-3).
Shanghai Bobby's third dam Wedding Band (by Mighty Appealing) was a
listed stakes winner. There are a few other minor blacktype runners
sprinkled throughout this female family.
(Mt. Livermore - Dream Team, by Cox's Ridge) is Shanghai Bobby's
damsire. Although he won up to 1 1/16 miles, Orientate earned
Champion Sprinter honors after a victory in the 2002 Breeders' Cup
Sprint. He's a young damsire and besides Shanghai Bobby, is
represented by only five other stakes winners, including this year's
Test Stakes (G-1) heroine, Sweet Lulu (by Mr. Greeley).
Harlan's Holiday/Orientate bloodline cross is working well. Only two
foals have been produced by this cross, both are winners and one has
won over $1 million.
to bet his offspring:
what can we expect from Shanghai Bobby? Well, if it looks like a
precocious sprinter-miler and runs like one...that's what we'll get.
Shanghai Bobby was very fast and precocious. He ran just a tick off
of the track records for 4 ½ furlongs at Aqueduct and 5 ½ furlongs
at Belmont. Expect his babies to to come out running and make
headlines in the sprint/miler division. A few may stretch their speed
to 1 1/8 miles. Can Shanghai Bobby sire a classic horse? Anything is
possible given the right genes, temperament, competition and race set
up, but if he does, it will be the exception, not the norm.
wise, Shanghai Bobby's babies will naturally take to the dirt. Both
his sire and damsire's offspring are proficient over mud too. Not
many of Harlan's Holiday's babies head to the turf or polytrack. He
averages around 11% winners over turf and they are average synthetic
track runners. 14% of Orientate's babies take to the lawn. We may
see some decent runners by Shanghai Bobby over turf or synthetic
tracks, especially if the distaff side is turf oriented, but they
will be an exception.
Bobby has the conformation of a sprinter-miler. He isn't as compact
as some sprinters, although he has a slightly upright shoulder. The
leggy colt has a thick neck and defined muscular shoulder, balanced
by powerful hindquarters. Overall, he resembles his damsire
Orientate, rather than the fuller-bodied Harlan's Holiday. While
racing, Shanghai Bobby's gait had slightly high knee action, no
wasted motion, average reach for his build and no paddling of his
Bobby descends from the line of Northern Dancer through Storm Cat.
He carries the blood of Brilliant/Classic Chef-de-race Blushing Groom
on his distaff side through Orientate and his second damsire the
Brilliant/Intermediate Chef-de-race Carson City, whose damsire is
Blushing Groom. Blushing Groom was a Champion Juvenile in France,
plus a leading sire and broodmare sire in Europe. The majority of his
U.S. offspring inherited speed.
great thing about milers is that they work with any type of mare,
adding a little stamina to the sprinters and some speed to the
two-turn types. Below is a list of sire lines that should work well
with Shanghai Bobby. It isn't all-inclusive.
Holiday and Orientate have been successful with mares from the Mr.
Prospector sire line. Carson City (and sons City Zip, Five Star
Day), Forty Niner (Distorted Humor, Not For Love) Miswaki, Quiet
American, Smart Strike (Curlin, English Channel), Gulch (Thunder
Gulch), Gone West (Grand Slam, Speightstown, ), Two Punch, Unbridled,
from Northern Dancer's descendants have also clicked with Harlan's
Holiday, his son Into Mischief and Orientate. Deputy Minister
(Dehere, French Deputy, etc.), Danzig (Belong to Me, Hard Spun, War
Front, War Chant), Dixieland Band (Dixie Union), Nijinsky,
Stravinsky, Sadler's Wells (El Prado) etc.
by other sires and their sons that may work with Shanghai Bobby
include Tiznow, The Bold Ruler line (A.P. Indy, Glitterman, Pulpit
and his sons, etc.), Halo (Saint Ballado), Candy Ride and Wild Again.
Shanghai Bobby will be supported by Coolmore and the mares sent to
him will have a resume filled with blacktype and accomplished
progeny. It's up to Bobby to prove himself in a new career.