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Shanghai Bobby off the Kentucky Derby Trail

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."

 


 

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Older Comments about Shanghai Bobby off the Kentucky Derby Trail...

just like little league pitchers are prone to avulsing their growth plate on the proximal radius, OPEN epiphyses are prone to more injury that closed ones.
Unfortunately, this is part of the KY Derby Trail as slowly but surely contenders start falling by the wayside due to injuries and/or just bad prep performances or both. No horse is a sure starter till the first Saturday in May.
Racing at two is fine, it's actually better for the horse statistically in terms of breakdowns. The key is not working or racing the horse beyond their level of conditioning.
I really wish racing started at 3 instead of 2 yr olds. I know a lot of people will disagree but the statistics of all these g8 young horse's breaking down is obvious.
The colt needs to mature is more like it..Get rid of the two year old shell and let him moult into a three year old.
To bad they are gonna skip the Met Mile with SB. Then off to Saratoga for the Kings Bishop etc..
"The horse neds a rest" means the connections realize his distance limitations and will wait untill the TC races are over to bring him back in G1 and G2 competion against other 3yo colts.
Depending upon the number of horses out in a set, they may go the wrong way a long time before turning back...We have 5 training tracks on the grounds and many of the slower works go un-reported.
travel_vic, I know that. They usually only gallop or trot in one direction, but that's a different topic. Shanghai Bobby is an under muscled horse, I don't know what Pletcher is thinking but if he wants him to be competitive he needs to let him walk around the barn a little more
What's wrong with knowing and posting correct facts? I don't have a problem with learning from those who have seen much, much more than I could ever have seen. If you want sweeter delivery, there's that fb-hrn hybrid chat thread.
a regular effort repeated day in day out..http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/29/3313044/another-day-of-gallops-for-united.html
IF you EVER go to the back side, you will see that over 90% gallop two miles regularly
tv.... Know it all as always.
So you know for a fact that today's trainers gallop or breeze their horse for more than 5 furlong?
That's cool, Sword.
You owe it to yourself to crawl out of bed a few days at 4:00AM and actually see what goes on at work outs and not continue to guess.
rafirox...I'm originally from the Caribbean.
Here we go with "Mr. Know it All". I don't know if they gallop horse longer, do you? Apparently you are the expert, so why don't you educated us all?
How do you know what distances they work their horses? we only see the PUBLISHED works not the private ones or thsoe before the clockers are out...Since horses are all INDIVIDUALS, the good trainers design programs for each according to their needs.
Sword, where are you from? And, I do want to point out something I learned from Buckppasser a while ago. Ben Jones would never work his horses more than four furlongs. IMO, there is no "correct" way to train a horse, BUT there is a "wrong" way. Another quote is "the job of the trainer is to keep the horse fat, happy and healthy."

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