09/29/2013 1:15PM

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.”