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Breeders' Cup 2017

Can Shanghai Bobby Go Two Turns in BC Juvenile?

Shanghai Bobby wins 2012 Champagne.
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese

Undefeated 2-year-old colt Shanghai Bobby tries to run his record to 5-for-5 in Saturday's Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Park. 

Shanghai Bobby, trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Rosie Napravnik, began his career with a sharp 4.5 furlong score at Aqueduct in April, and he successfully navigated 5.5f, 7f, and 8f in the G1 Champagne last time. All of his previous starts occurred in New York and he ships across the country without the benefit of lasix while trying two turns for the first time. A victory on Saturday would clinch the 2-year-old title. 

Bob Baffert has two live wires in the BC Juvenile, beginning with G1 FrontRunner hero Power Broker. The $360k purchase drew the outside post and will probably stalk the pace under Rafael Bejarano.

Title Contender will break from the rail and could play catch me if you can under Martin Garcia. He graduated the same day stablemate Power Broker won the FrontRunner and he earned a better speed figure.

Fortify was beated by Shanghai Bobby in the G2 Hopeful and G1 Champagne. He is bred to improve as distances increase and he has never used lasix. Ramon Dominguez rode him last time and he is an interesting player for Kiaran McLaughlin at 9-2.

Capo Bastone raced against the speed bias in a rallying show finish behind Power Broker last time. John Sadler's patient runner would appreciate a fair racetrack and some pace help.

Speak Logistics, He's Had Enough, Monument, and Dynamic Sky round out the field.

PP HORSE TRAINER JOCKEY ODDS
1 TITLE CONTENDER Bob Baffert Martin Garcia 6-1
2 SPEAK LOGISTICS Eddie Plesa Jr. Angel Serpa 8-1
3 HE'S HAD ENOUGH Doug O'Neill Mario Gutierrez 20-1
4 SHANGHAI BOBBY Todd Pletcher Rosie Napravnik 2-1
5 MONUMENT John Sadler Joe Talamo 12-1
6 DYNAMIC SKY Mark Casse Luis Contreras 12-1
7 CAPO BASTONE John Sadler Joel Rosario 15-1
8 FORTIFY Kiaran McLaughlin Ramon Dominguez 9-2
9 POWER BROKER Bob Baffert Rafael Bejarano 5-2

 


 

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