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Shanghai Bobby on Track for Florida Derby

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.

Champion Shanghai Bobby continues to train forwardly for a scheduled start in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby at Gulfstream on March 30. The son of Harlan’s Holiday hasn’t started in a race since suffering his first career loss in the Holy Bull (G3) at Gulfstream on Jan. 26.

“The horse is training really well. We’ve had a plan mapped out after the Holy Bull and everything’s been going to plan so far,” said Pletcher, whose colt breezed five furlongs in 1:00.90 on Sunday. “We still have a ways to go, but he’ll continue on a weekly work schedule until the race.”

Shanghai Bobby entered the Holy Bull as the early favorite for this year’s Kentucky Derby on the strength of an undefeated juvenile season that included Grade 1 victories in the Champagne at Belmont and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita. The buzz surrounding Kentucky-bred colt has subsided considerably since the Holy Bull, in which he finished two lengths behind Itsmyluckyday and more than 11 lengths clear of third-place finisher Clearly Now.

“People are looking at the Holy Bull as a pretty strong race. Itsmyluckyday naturally got a lot of respect from that and the race was flattered a bit when Clearly Now came back to win the Swale the other day,” Pletcher said. “I think it’s probably due to the fact that neither Shanghai Bobby nor Itsmyluckyday has run since the Holy Bull the everybody is looking at the horses that are running at the moment. Hopefully, the Florida Derby will put him back on the scene.”

The Pletcher-trained Verrazano has replaced Shanghai Bobby atop a majority of 3-year-old polls while earning favoritism in the Churchill Downs’ first Kentucky Derby Future wager.

The son of More Than Ready, who has created a buzz at Gulfstream with a pair of dazzling victories to launch his career, is scheduled to make his stakes debut in Saturday’s Tampa Bay Derby (G2).



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Older Comments about Shanghai Bobby on Track for Florida Derby...

..and so many we see come back after NTR's that just don't come back the same.
Also ran a track record at 8.5f? Do people not remember that? He was also many ahead of Clearly Now who just came back to win. Don't think he will have any issue with 9f
almost ran down, and ran down going 8.5?
Can Shanghai Bobby handle 1 1/8 distance?

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