01/14/2013 5:19PM

Gulfstream Park: Shanghai Bobby on schedule for Holy Bull

Barbara D. Livingston
The favorite to be named champion juvenile on Saturday, Shanghai Bobby worked five furlongs in 1:00.42 at Palm Meadows.

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Todd Pletcher reported that Shanghai Bobby is sitting on ready for his first start of the year, scheduled to come in the Grade 3 Holy Bull a week from Saturday, after watching his unbeaten 3-year-old work five furlongs in 1:00.42 at Palm Meadows on Sunday. Shanghai Bobby, popular winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, is the overwhelming favorite to be named juvenile champion at the Eclipse Awards dinner, to be held here Saturday night.

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“I thought this was an excellent move,” Pletcher said Sunday. “The last couple of works we kind of picked it up a bit. Today, we kind of wanted to see where he stood condition-wise, and I thought it was real good.”

Pletcher also sent out another of his leading Kentucky Derby prospects, Overanalyze, to breeze an easy three-eighths in 36.94 on Sunday at Palm Meadows. It was his first work since closing out his 2-year-old campaign with a hard-fought nose decision over Normandy Invasion in Aqueduct’s Grade 2 Remsen.

“This was his first work back,” Pletcher said. “He’s just getting back under way, and I thought he was moving really well. Right now, the plan with him is to go to the Gotham on March 2.”

Pletcher also said the unbeaten Violence, who has not worked since shipping to Palm Meadows following his 1 1/4-length victory in the CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park on Dec. 15, is scheduled to have his first local drill next Sunday. Violence is being pointed to the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth on Feb. 23.

Dreaming of Julia, who closed her 2-year-old season finishing third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, also worked an easy three-eighths at Palm Meadows on Sunday. The Grade 1 winner is expected to launch her 3-year-old campaign in the Grade 2 Davona Dale at 1 1/16 miles here.

Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
At one mile the rest of the field can stay home as they're just running for second-place money! Shanghai is the real deal. But we'll have to wait and see if he can get a mile and a quarter. Closers do well at Churchill Downs in The Derby but Shanghai Bobby is more of a pace-speed specialist...
John More than 1 year ago
Hey catinabox, as Trevor would say here at Santa Anita, I think you are "spot on " I dont see Bobby getting better going longer, but getting shorter this seems the best direction. In the Breeders Cup, he was lucky everyone was gasping for air at the end, almost none of the also rans have done a thing since . I bet next years Breeders Cup Mile is in his future...........very, very nice horse, just distanced limited , maybe !
Pom De Terre More than 1 year ago
with this so called "improved" point system in effect this year, the derby is completely up for grabs. there is no guarantee that the best, most talented or fastest horse will even pass the entry. this is simply a matter of playing the game by focussing on the races with the most points, not the colts or fillies with the most quality. i think there will be a lot of surprises on that card, not all of them necessarily good.
catinabox More than 1 year ago
Well, he can win at a mile, I still don't see him getting any classic distance. He won't go past 1 1/8 miles.
John Nicoletti More than 1 year ago
Exactly right,catinabox. His pedigree does not suggest distance. If he is in the Derby, he will not make the distance.
ron More than 1 year ago
reguardless keep rosis on him
ron More than 1 year ago
i wait until the race comes up to make a predition usally 30minutes or so.dont matter breeders cup races ,triple crown, it stays the same.
Sam More than 1 year ago
I didn't see the Remsen, but wasn't Normandy Invasion getting to Overanalyze?
Sam More than 1 year ago
I predict this: that every colt and/or filly that runs in the KD will have a bet on it.
ron More than 1 year ago
to make sure of that i will put a bet on every one of them for you.
UPTOWN ANTHEM More than 1 year ago
well Haydn, you MIGHT be right or you might not be right, only time will tell. Personally, I hope he does, just to prove all his doubters wrong. I remember a horse called 'Mine That Bird'.............most everyone said he didn't even belong in the starting gate for the KD. Just goes to show, that nobody really knows what is going to happen.
Haydn More than 1 year ago
I'm predicting it now Shanghai Bobby will NOT win the Derby. There I said it.