09/29/2013 12:15PM

Shanghai Bobby injured, retired to stud

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Barbara D. Livingston
Shanghai Bobby, seen training at Saratoga on Sept. 13, won 6 of 8 career starts.

Shanghai Bobby, undefeated during his 2-year-old championship season in 2012, has been retired from racing due to an injury and will stand stud next year at Coolmore America’s Ashford Stud in Kentucky, according to a press release issued Sunday by his connections.

According to the release, Shanghai Bobby came out of his victory in the Sept. 20 Aljamin Stakes at Belmont Park with an injury to a suspensory ligament. That race was his first start since being sidelined with a pelvic fracture when finishing fifth in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream on March 30.

Shanghai Bobby was using the Aljamin as a prep for a start in either the Breeders’ Cup Sprint or Dirt Mile at Santa Anita, where last year he capped off a 5-for-5 campaign with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

"We’re disappointed, as we were looking forward to him returning to top-level competition following his win in the Aljamin Stakes,” said Jack Wolf, managing partner of Starlight Stable, which originally purchased Shanghai Bobby for $105,000 out of the 2011 Keeneland September yearling auction. “This horse has taken us on a great adventure, from his undefeated 2-year-old campaign and Eclipse Award to his successful return at 3. We are proud to have owned this special horse, and we wish him the best as he begins his new career at Ashford.”

The Coolmore connections of Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and Susan Magnier bought into Shanghai Bobby the week of the Breeders’ Cup.

“While it is unfortunate that Shanghai Bobby won’t be at Santa Anita again this year, we are delighted that he’s coming to Ashford,” Dermot Ryan, manager of Ashford, said in the press release. “Following Lookin At Lucky, Uncle Mo, and Hansen, he is the fourth straight Eclipse Award-winning juvenile to retire here.”

Shanghai Bobby, a son of Harlan’s Holiday trained by Todd Pletcher, won 6 of 8 starts, including the Grade 1 Champagne and Grade 2 Hopeful. He earned $1,857,000.

“He was a really great 2-year-old, undefeated in five starts over five different distances ranging from 4 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/16 miles,” Pletcher said in the release. “He displayed his brilliant speed in the Hopeful and Champagne and then showed tremendous courage to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.”

Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
HE was what he was a precocious brilliant 2yo that simply did not improve with age...as far as pletcher he is a byproduct of what the game has become. get the most lemons you can and squeeze them dry as fast as you can .get a return for your owner's fast and then they get a young stallion that appeals to the get it all fast crowd.and it all starts again.
Dan Monroe More than 1 year ago
And now the federal government is about to shut down. I blame Pletcher. Who's with me?!
MICHAEL More than 1 year ago
People here just do not get it. The earnings in the millions of this horses are not going to bring in new fans where new bettors will come from. Get it to your dense head. Long-term stars are what brings in new fans and eventually bettors to this game. Not less than a dozen starts if they even make that. and this is why this industry is subsidized by the casinos. Those who are bragging that the handle is a tad up is barking up the wrong tree. There are up because of the temporary big welfare checks from racinos that boost purses. If you think casinos will be doing this indefinitely, I got some swamp lands to sell ya.
Mark D More than 1 year ago
Only thing that will bring new fans is lower takeouts. Competition isn't Tiger Woods, Lebron James or Dale Earnhart Jr....its Blackjack and Texas Holdem
MICHAEL More than 1 year ago
Lower takeouts are for seasoned bettors. New fans would not know a exacta box from a box cutter. The industry would draw fans to a live racetrack if this industry is in the mainstream news and headlines. The publicity it got when great long career thoroughbreds ran at prestgious races and kept this industry in the public eye are long gone. Most if not all of these prestigious headline races were races at 10 furlongs or longer. Yes they ran at the big tracks but they lifted the small tracks because it kept the industry in the limelight.
MICHAEL More than 1 year ago
I like to see how long that boring game golf would last if Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and it's stars don't play and compete in the Master, US OPEN, PGA, British Open. Your biggest competition is PUBLICITY!!... this industry is not in the HEADLINES/MEDIA. So no publicity, no fans going to the racetrack, no new bettors, eventually dead business. We use to have the Masters, US OPEN, PGA, British Open, Tour Championship...they were the Big Cap, Arlington Million, Travers, Suburban Handicap, Brooklyn Handicap, Woodward etc in the headlines. NOT NO MORE!!
mikey More than 1 year ago
New players do not understand that this is the only sport with different rules in every state.Bet any major sport and the rules are the same from coast to coast.We need to play by the same rules at every track.Wake up .
MICHAEL More than 1 year ago
First you need to get NEW PLAYERS TO THE RACETRACK...that is the only way you are going to get players/bettors in this industry. OFF-TRACK and online betting is not going to recruit new bettors. Those are for established handicappers. Since this industry gets NO HEADLINES AT ALL except maybe for the KD getting new players has been it's BIGGEST PROBLEM. Gone are the days when the headlines were "JOHN HENRY WINS THE BIG CAP". those were the long-term stars that brought NEW FANS and NEW PLAYERS/BETTORS TO THIS GAME.
saratogajunkie More than 1 year ago
Swamp land goes for alot of money these days!
MICHAEL More than 1 year ago
People here just do not get it. The earnings in the millions of this horses are not going to bring in new fans where new bettors will come from. Get it to your dense head. Long-term stars are what brings in new fans and eventually bettors to this game. Not less than a dozen starts if they even make that.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
This horse went 6 for 8 in his lifetime ! Was it 5 for 5 as a 2 yo ? 1.8 million in earnings. Undefeated 2 YO . Really, and people knock him . I bet half of the negative posts by some here don't or never owned a thoroughbred race horse. But I would say you all would have wanted him. Larry ...............
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
99% of all thoroughbreds will retire due to injury.
MICHAEL More than 1 year ago
true but back then these horses lasted longer and develop a fan base... nobody knows this fake "champions" today....except the regulars.
dazed and confused More than 1 year ago
Let's see. Eight starts--------1.8 million$$$$--------Just can't figure why they keep sending TAP those 2yr. olds.
MICHAEL More than 1 year ago
Exactly right but these horses do not get new fans because nobody knows they even exists except for the established bettors who are quickly dying away...no new fans, no new bettors...dead business....
Mark D More than 1 year ago
$1.8 million for Shanghi Bobby.....and $2.8 in money wasted on 2 year olds he overtrained and never broke thier maidens.
tommy tutone More than 1 year ago
Ownership is a gamble too.
Charles Sakach More than 1 year ago
There's a whole lot of anti-Pletcher sentiment in these blogs... I concede that there is an abundance of injuries associated with his young charges, however he is getting paid to do a job. The guidelines for this job is to win with the horse now and we'll see what happens later. These come from the owners. One has to admit: Todd is good at winning "now". (Don't fault him for it. This is what the owners want; this is why they come to him for his services.) As for Shanghai Bobby and a lot of young horses just like him...these things will continue as young horses run their hearts out for our entertainment. They exert themselves beyond their skeletal capacity and become injured as a result. Don't fault Pletcher for doing a job he's paid to do. The fault is spread across a weakened breed, owner's greed, and a demanding fan base that expects every horse to give it their all...and then some...every time they leave the gate.
Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
and they keep giving pletcher more horses,what a joke. he breaks down more then lukas
RIP Grammar More than 1 year ago
Even if they paid ME, I wouldn't send a mare to this horse. They should just geld him now and make him someone's riding horse.