11/04/2012 1:55PM

Breeders' Cup Juvenile: Shanghai Bobby, He's Had Enough point toward Triple Crown trail

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Barbara D. Livingston
Runner-up He's Had Enough (left) and Shanghai Bobby showed enough encouraging signs that their connections believe they could develop into 2013 Kentucky Derby candidates.

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.