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Pletcher Doubles Up in Saratoga Special

Todd Pletcher will be trying for his first win in the Saratoga Special as he doubles up with Starlight Racing’s Shanghai Bobby and Michael Tabor’s Drum Roll.

Shanghai Bobby, a son of Harlan’s Holiday, broke his maiden on April 19 going 4 ½ furlongs at Aqueduct Racetrack and two months later at Belmont Park added the 5 ½-furlong Track Barron overnight stakes to his resume.

“Shanghai Bobby got started very early,” said Pletcher. “We found over the years that a lot of times, our most successful horses are the first ones ready. I suppose it just speaks to their natural ability and talent level, their professionalism, and those kinds of things that ultimately make a lot of them good.”

Rosie Napravnik will be aboard Shanghai Bobby, who drew post position 6 as the 2-1 morning-line favorite. Drum Roll, a maiden winner on July 8 at Monmouth Park, is 5-1 on the morning line, and will leave from post position 7 under John Velazquez.

The 5-2 second choice on the morning line is Spurious Precision, a good-looking winner first time out at the Spa on July 21. With Alan Garcia aboard, the High Cotton colt sat just off the pace and pulled clear through the stretch to win by 3 ½ lengths, earning a 91 Beyer in the process.

“It’s a little bit quick back, not ideal, but he’s doing very well,” said trainer Rick Violette of Spurious Precision, who carries the colors of Klaravich Stables. “Some of the horses in the race have beaten nice horses, and others, we don’t know what we’ve beaten. We have an opportunity to run here, and if the stars align, look ahead to a race like the [Grade 1 Foxwoods] Champagne [October 6, Belmont Park]. Plans are great, but you’ve got to get to Square One, and Square One is Sunday.”

Garcia will be back aboard Spurious Precision, who drew post position 3.

Rounding out the field, from the rail out, are recent maiden winners In Harm’s Way, He’s So Fine, Southern Honor, and Dan the Tin Man.

The field for the Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Special:

PP

Horse

Jockey

Wgt

Trainer

Odds

1

In Harm's Way (NY)

E S Prado

118

M E Hushion

 6-1

2

He's So Fine (KY)

D Cohen

118

K G McPeek

20-1

3

Spurious Precision (FL)

A Garcia

118

R A Violette, Jr.

 5-2

4

Southern Honor (PA)

R A Dominguez

118

A W Dutrow

 5-1

5

Dan the Tin Man (FL)

J Castellano

118

R Griffith

 8-1

6

Shanghai Bobby (KY)

R Napravnik

122

T A Pletcher

 2-1

7

Drum Roll (PA)

J R Velazquez

118

T A Pletcher

 5-1

 

 

 

 

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Older Comments about Pletcher Doubles Up in Saratoga Special...

I just checked the NYRA website and Shanghai Bobby scratched out of the Saratoga Special.
I hope your right jmac
Spurious Precision will completely dominate him!
Should be an easy win for Bobby. If he doesn't win it, I'd be really surprized.

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