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Breeders' Cup Juvenile: Shanghai Bobby, He's Had Enough point toward Triple Crown trail
ARCADIA, Calif. - Shanghai Bobby and He’s Had Enough, separated by a head in Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita, both came out of the race in good order, according to their connections, and will be given every opportunity to hop on the Triple Crown trail next year.
Capo Bastone, the third-place finisher in the Juvenile, was found to have bled significantly, according to his connections and will be sent to a nearby clinic for evaluation. None of the 2-year-olds who raced at this year’s Breeders’ Cup was permitted to run on Lasix.
Shanghai Bobby, who capped an undefeated season with his gutty victory over He’s Had Enough, is scheduled on Monday to be flown from California to south Florida, where he will take up residence at the Palm Meadows training center.
His trainer, Todd Pletcher, hadn’t viewed Shanghai Bobby as a natural 1 1/4-mile horse - the distance of the Kentucky Derby - but he said the horse keeps surprising him.
“The amazing thing about him he’s always finding more,” Pletcher said by phone from New York, where he returned after catching a red-eye flight from Los Angeles. “He looked like a tired, beaten horse at the top of the stretch. The rest of the field came to him, he dug deep, and found some reserve.”
Pletcher said back in the summer, he thought a mile to 1 1/16 miles are the distances at which Shanghai Bobby might excel, but now he’s not so sure.
“Watching him gallop out, he was probably the strongest one in the field,” Pletcher said.
Pletcher said he was more inclined to let Shanghai Bobby stay at Palm Meadows all winter as opposed to spend some time on his father Jake’s farm in Ocala, Fla., as he has done with some of his other prospects.
Shanghai Bobby earned a modest Beyer Speed Figure of 85 for the Juvenile victory. His final time of 1:44.58 was the third slowest for the Juvenile at that distance.
He’s Had Enough gave trainer Doug O’Neill some hope that he has a horse that can be campaigned down the Triple Crown trail next year. O’Neill won this year’s Derby and Preakness with I’ll Have Another.
In his dirt debut, He’s Had Enough encountered some traffic trouble on the far turn, then rallied to fall just a head short of Shanghai Bobby.
“He had to check a couple of times,” O’Neill said. “That was kind of a smaller version of a Derby-like experience; taking the kickback, having to check and come back through on the inside, and then get out. We’re all bummed that he didn’t win but just so proud of him and so excited of the possibilities.”
O’Neill said the He’s Had Enough came out of the race “in great shape.” O’Neill said either He’s Had Enough or Know More, who finished 13th in the Juvenile Turf, could be a candidate for the $750,000 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park on Dec. 15.
Cap Bastone bled a 3 on a scale of 1 to 5, according to trainer John Sadler. Sadler said the horse would be sent to the Alamo Pintado Equine Clinic in Santa Ynez for evaluation.
“They’ll do a work-up on him, X-ray his lungs, and go through a battery of tests and then we’ll figure out what the appropriate treatment is, but that’s the old science way of doing it,” Sadler said. “Once we get all the science done then we’ll figure out what we’re going to do.”
Sadler did say that a start in the CashCall Futurity was probably out for Capo Bastone.
Sadler said that Monument, who finished last in the Juvenile, also bled a 1 out of 5.
Power Broker finished fifth as the 2-1 second choice. He got carried out wide in the first turn and stayed wide throughout.
“He is so much better than that,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “I think I learned a lot about him. He’s learning. He’s still a little green. I don’t think we need to worry about him being up close, he just needs to be ridden a little bit different.”
The Baffert-trained Title Contender finished eighth in the nine-horse field after setting the pace.
“He’s one-dimensional and Shanghai Bobby put him away pretty easily,” Baffert said. “Shanghai Bobby, he was pretty impressive he turned for home, he had his ears up he stopped was waiting, waiting. That was pretty amazing what he did. That’s a really good horse.”
Fortify, who finished fourth in the Juvenile, was expected to start a 30-day quarantine on Monday in Southern California along with stablemates Alpha and Emcee. All three are expected to winter in Dubai.
Bobbys actual time is deceiving.He actually slowed down at the top of the stretch when his competition was nowhere to be found and then was able to go full throttle and keep and HHE at bay whos 1000 pds of full momentum trying to get past him.After going through solid fractions through 3/4 of a mile Dont think thats hard ? run a 100 meter dash with a friend start slowing down with 35 meters to go breaking stride and as your friend starts to go by with full momentum and full stride trying winning.getting back to full throttle. That move alone had to cost him almost a full second.It seem almost like he was in slow motion with a 1/8 to go... and my exotics going bad at light speed! Thanks for having heart Bobby will see you in Florida
Bobby couldn't get 11/4 miles? Of course he can, 16 more seconds in that race he would have been there.
Doug O'Neill is correct his horse had to check a couple of times. It was a Bad Trip. My money was on him!!! But, he could not get past the winner in the stretch. Bobby was Best on the Big Day. Usually the hores who wins 2YR Old Champ - is a Flash & cannot be found on Derby Day!!!
Singled Bobby on my exotics,i thought he was the best 2 yr old going in ,And he came out as the best 2 yo for 2012. Super fluid stride Natural Born Runner Already hearing hows hes not a 1 1/4 mile horse.And maybes hes not.But I bet his connections are going to have a great time finding out if he is Cant wait to see him in the Fountain of youth and Florida Derby..Good Luck Bobby in 2013!
whoa whoa whoa I didnt know Alpha was going to Dubai
This is NOT a Triple Crown horse.
The early fractions were killers -- :22.28, :45.55 -- and the race came close to falling apart as a result. Shanghai Bobby actually ran two races: a sprint and a route -- and he won both of them. Taking nothing away from Rosie, who rode a superb race, Bobby, still undefeated, has the makings of a champion. One and a quarter miles? Dunno, but one thing's for sure: He sure likes to win.
Well, I was kind of hoping that O'Neill would give his 2 star 2 year olds some time off now... I still don't see Bobby being a classic distance horse, I don't think he'll go past 1 1/8, he may not even make 1 1/8 miles.
Beholder's time was 0.97 seconds faster than S. Bobby's , or 5 lengths . don't get too excited about Bobby yet .
Here's to 'Rider Rosie' - Bobby went to goofing off, she assessed and shook him awake before that other one got to him. She made a believer outa me.