It will be no Kentucky Derby, Preakness, or Belmont for the juvenile champ, as Shanghai Bobby's connections have announced today in a press release that he will given a rest. The announcement from Starlight Racing comes two days after his disappointing finish in the Florida Derby. The 2012 champion is no longer in consideration for the Kentucky Derby, as well as any of the Triple Crown races.
From a physical standpoint, he appears to have come out of the Florida Derby in good shape; however, according to trainer Todd Pletcher, his energy level is not where he'd like for it to be.
"There's nothing obviously wrong with him but we will go over him thoroughly and give him some time off to fully recover from his long campaign. He'll be sent to Payton Training Center today and allowed to have the down time that he seems to need right now," reported Pletcher.
Co-managing partner Donnie Lucaelli stated, "Obviously we're disappointed because of the timing but we need to do what's right for the horse and it looks like he's ready for a break."
Starlight's other managing partner, Jack Wolf, added, "Shanghai Bobby has been at the track for 13 months and his energy level and level of performance has never suggested he needed any time off until now. It's time to freshen him up and, if all goes well, point for a late summer, early fall campaign."