09/15/2013 2:49PM

Belmont Park: Shanghai Bobby returns Friday in Aljamin Stakes

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Barbara D. Livingston
Shanghai Bobby, seen training at Saratoga last Friday, will make his first start since March in Friday's $100,000 Aljamin Stakes at Belmont Park.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Shanghai Bobby, last year’s 2-year-old champion male who has been sidelined since the spring due to a pelvic fracture, returns to the races Friday at Belmont Park in the $100,000 Aljamin Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs.

The Aljamin, originally scheduled for Thursday, did not have enough entries to fill for that day. With several supplemental nominees, including Shanghai Bobby, the race was carded with six runners.

Shanghai Bobby drew post 3 in the field and has John Velazquez named to ride. Rosie Napravnik had ridden Shanghai Bobby in all seven of his previous starts.

Shanghai Bobby, trained by Todd Pletcher, went 5 for 5 as a juvenile, capped by his head victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita. He finished second to Itsmyluckday in the Grade 3 Holy Bull in his 3-year-old debut in January and then finished fifth, 10 3/4 lengths behind Orb, in the Florida Derby on March 30.

Coming out of that race, Shanghai Bobby was diagnosed with a pelvic fracture that required time but no surgery.

Shanghai Bobby has worked seven times since July 29, including a four-furlong move in 48.40 seconds last Friday over the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga.

“He looks great,” Pletcher said. “He’s training really well; pleased with what he’s been showing us in the mornings. He’s always been very competitive in the afternoons, so we’d expect him to come back and run well.”

Pletcher said how Shanghai Bobby performs Friday will determine which races to point him toward this fall. One option would be the Breeders’ Cup, where he could be a candidate for the Dirt Mile or Sprint. Another option could be the Grade 3 Bold Ruler at Belmont on Oct. 26 as a prelude to the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on Nov. 30.

Among the challengers Shanghai Bobby will face Friday are stakes winners Purple Egg and Whiskey Romeo. Slan Abhaile, Tenango, and Dads Caps also are in the field.

rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
What happen to he's had enough doug oneil horse, second place finisher in bc juv?capo bastone ran third just won king bishop, looks like todd might have five in Bc sprint. He is great trainer, tobhave that many participants in big races, I just hate the his fans are so sensitive when he loses these races and people start needling them a little.
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
Looks like a paid workout - PURPLE EGG may scratch for the 300K Gallant Bob at PARX Guessing four will go and Rosie isn't coming in for the mount.
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
rosie lost the mount I think...
Perl More than 1 year ago
He will either be retired after this race or if he runs well and doesn't get hurt, he'll be pointed to the BC Sprint. That's what I'm guessing.
redboy More than 1 year ago
Watch out comp,the World Class black horse is back! Nice to see you back Bobby
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Quality horse, hope rosie keeps mount if she wants it, I say win this race hopefully I will see him in Carter,Churchill or met mile next year. He might be strong at Belmont.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Should of read post. Johnny v go figure
michael More than 1 year ago
Rosie better shine her star. She wont by disappearing into FG for next six months. She needs to stay higher profile.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
She is such good jockey, I believe she is getting mostly second rate horse fron the top barns. I wonder that before shaghai bobby race was he projectes to be the star of todd'a two year old crop in 2012. I think she got lucky to end up with bobby over johnny V in my opinion. Shanghai bobby is no classic horse but do you think he could of beat goldencents in Sa derby. His biggest score came at santa anita
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Glad Juvenile Champion is back. Also relieved that he is sprinting and being pointed towards reasonable races.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
All the best to SB; hope he's in it for the long haul. Congratulations on his recovery!
Mark More than 1 year ago
welcome back champ!
robert scott More than 1 year ago
Y'all ready for the "CHAMP"!!!!
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