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Shanghai Bobby Wins Belmont Comeback

Shanghai Bobby Champagne 615 X 400
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire

Making his first start in almost six months, 2012 Champion Two-Year-Old Male Shanghai Bobby made an inexorable charge to win the Aljamin overnight stakes for 3-year-olds by a neck on Friday at Belmont Park.

 

Shanghai Bobby, competing in a sprint for the first time since winning the Grade 1 Hopeful last year, raced in second as Dads Caps set fractions of 22.58 seconds for a quarter-mile and 45.15 for a half. Dads Caps clung to a tenuous lead in the stretch before Shanghai Bobby gained the upper hand in the final sixteenth. Slan Abhaile rallied along the rail to overtake Dads Caps late for second.

 

The final time for 6 ½ furlongs was 1:15.79. Shanghai Bobby returned $3.20 for a $2 win wager as the 3-5 favorite.

 

"It was my first time riding him, but I had watched his previous races, and what he does is get to the lead and wait," said Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez. "I didn't want to make a premature move and get to the lead too quickly; then, I waited too long and it took him a long time to get going. Finally, when he got to the lead, he started waiting again. His gallop out was really good. He's a tough horse to read."

 

Todd Pletcher, who trains Shanghai Bobby for Starlight Racing, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael B. Tabor, and Derrick Smith, said he will consider running Shanghai Bobby in the Breeders' Cup in early November at Santa Anita.

 

"He ran really well off the layoff," said Pletcher. "I thought he ran well enough today to put us in the mix for the Breeders' Cup Sprint or the Dirt Mile, but we'll see how he bounces out of it."

 

It was the first victory of 2013 for Shanghai Bobby, who was second in the Grade 3 Holy Bull in January and fifth in the Grade 1 Florida Derby in March. Both starts came at Gulfstream Park. He was unbeaten in five starts a 2-year-old, concluding his 2012 campaign with a victory in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

 

Tenango and Purple Egg completed the order of finish. Whiskey Romeo was scratched.

 

 

 

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