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Shanghai Bobby Doing Well After First Loss

Shanghai Bobby and Rosie Napravnik (right) battle He's Had Enough and Mario Gutierrez to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California on November 3, 2012.

Shanghai Bobby, who suffered his first career defeat to Itsmyluckyday in Saturday’s $400,000 Holy Bull (G3), came out of his second-place finish at Gulfstream Park in fine order.

“He came back great, really good. We’re not only pleased with his performance but how he came out of it,” Trainer Todd Pletcher said Sunday afternoon.

Owned by Jack and Laurie Wolf’s Starlight Racing and Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrrick Smith, Shanghai Bobby set a strong pace before falling by two lengths to Itsmyluckyday. The winner set a track record for 1 1/16 miles with a 1:41.81 clocking. Shanghai Bobby finished 11 ½ lengths clear of third-place finisher Clearly Now.

“We’re not making any excuses. We felt like we ran great – 12 lengths clear of the third horse and three-fifths off the track record,” said Pletcher, whose colt was ridden by Rosie Napravnik. “It was a huge effort. We were second best on the day, but we were really happy with his effort.”

Pletcher said Shanghai Bobby, who was honored with an Eclipse Award after going undefeated in five races during this 2-year-old season, would likely run next in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream on March 30.

“I talked to Jack Wolf a little bit this morning. We’re not going to make any decisions yet, but at the same time, we don’t see any reason to deviate from our original plan,” Pletcher said.

 

 

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