Unbeaten Shanghai Bobby
was scratched from today’s Grade 2 Saratoga Special with a fever, trainer
Todd Pletcher said this morning.
Owned by Starlight Racing, Shanghai Bobby was the 2-1 morning-line
favorite for the 6 ½-furlong race for 2-year-olds off a one-length victory in
the Track Barron overnight stakes on June 27 at Belmont Park,
and a four-length debut score in April at Aqueduct Racetrack.
“Shanghai Bobby, unfortunately, had developed a temperature when
we came in at 4:30,” said Pletcher. “[His temperature] was 101.9.
We monitored it this morning, and by 10 o’clock it was over 103. We were
forced to treat him at that time and scratch. It was unfortunate with the
timing, considering how well he had trained up to this point.”
Pletcher said the colt could still make the Grade 2 Three Chimneys
Hopeful on September 3 if he recovers promptly.
The trainer also reflected upon the career of Awesome Maria, a seven-time graded stakes
winner who was recently retired with an injury to her right-front tendon.
“We scanned it and it had a little tear in it,” said
Pletcher. “After consulting with Anna Ford and Mrs. Robsham, we decided
to play it conservatively. She was a terrific filly for us, a top-level performer
at 2, 3, and 4. We were very fortunate to have had the opportunity to train
her. We’ll miss her. She’s a lovely mare from Mrs. Robsham’s
foundation broodmare. I would expect her to be as good of a broodmare as she
was on the racetrack.”
Awesome Maria, whose top win came in the 2011 Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap, concluded her career
with a third in the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap on July 21.
On the worktab for Pletcher on Sunday were Grade 1 Alabama hopeful In Lingerie, Grade 1 Woodward contender Stay Thirsty, Grade 1 Foxwoods King’s
Bishop hopeful Doctor Chit, and
recent acquisition Mildly Offensive.
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gary Barber’s In Lingerie,
winner of the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan and third in the Grade 1 TVG Coaching
Club American Oaks, covered four furlongs in 48.70 seconds, breezing.
Stay Thirsty, owned by Mike Repole, breezed five furlongs on the Oklahoma training track
in 1:01.69, with his workmate, Archwarrior,
being clocked in 1:01.47.
“He seems to be rounding into form,” said Pletcher of Stay
Thirsty, the 2011 Grade 1 Travers winner who was fifth in the Grade 2 Suburban
Handicap on July 7. “He breezed very well this morning. We have a few
more works to go, but at this point we are on schedule [for the Woodward on
Archwarrior, an unraced 2-year-old for Alto Racing, was scratched out of
a maiden race yesterday.
“We think very highly of [Archwarrior], and we were concerned
about starting him on a sloppy racetrack,” said Pletcher. “We hope
to get him back in [a race] in the near future. He’s a big, strong colt,
and he seems to be training very well.”
Doctor Chit and Mildly Offensive breezed four furlongs in company on
the training track, with both receiving times of 48.60.
Owned by Nicholas Brady’s Mill House, Doctor Chit was second in
the Grade 2 Amsterdam on July 29. The Foxwoods King’s Bishop will be
contested August 25.
Mildly Offensive’s workout was her first since she was purchased
by new owner WinStar Stable and transferred to Pletcher’s barn. The 4-year-old
filly sprinter was a stakes winner in Southern California
for owner Warren B. Williamson and trainer Carla Gaines.
“We don’t have any plans [for Mildly Offensive] at the
moment, but we’ll look at a couple more breezes and go from there,”
On Saturday, Turbulent Descent,
who is targeting the Grade 1 Ballerina on August 24, breezed four furlongs on
the training track in 1:00.80 for Pletcher and new owner Coolmore Stud.