04/11/2013 7:02PM

Shanghai Bobby out indefinitely with injury

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Barbara D. Livingston
Shanghai Bobby will need a 90-day rest period, but a full recovery from a stress fracture is said to be possible.

Shanghai Bobby, last year’s 2-year-old champion male, has been found to have a stress fracture and will be out indefinitely, his connections announced Thursday afternoon.

Already off the Kentucky Derby trail following his disappointing fifth-place finish in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream on March 30, Shanghai Bobby was diagnosed with a pelvic stress fracture, according to a press release put out by Starlight Racing, which owns Shanghai Bobby along with Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith, and Michael Tabor.

According to the release, Shanghai Bobby will need a 90-day rest period, but could make a full recovery.

“Although it is disappointing that Shanghai Bobby has sustained this injury, perhaps this offers an explanation of his performance in the Florida Derby,” trainer Todd Pletcher said in the release.

Shanghai Bobby went 5 for 5 as a 2-year-old including victories in the Grade 2 Hopeful, Grade 1 Champagne and Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

In two starts at 3, he finished second in the Holy Bull on Jan. 26 before running fifth in the Florida Derby.

Debbie More than 1 year ago
Why doesn't someone look at this trainer and his record on injuries. Every year at derby time this happens - Instead of picking on Vyjack's trainer - lets look at this one instead - not a good derby track record.
avlamal More than 1 year ago
how many is it this year he has gone thru violence, bobby, over analyze who else this guy always injurs his 3yo prospects eskendreya the wood winner last year im sure im missing many other
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
ok lets not get carried away here..he has a stress fracture and could be back in 90 days...these are athletes competing under stressful conditions its a normal injury..shangai was a precocious 2yo who won his 5 races and became champion 2yo and he is a sprinter miler not a classic distance derby horse in 90 days if they decide not to send him to stud he will be back to sprinting..yes pletcher pushes his young horses to get to the big races but in this case there's nothing tragic here for people to get in a knot over.
Michael Griffiths More than 1 year ago
The Math is simply, a good horse is worth more at Stud than racing. With stallions going to the Southern hemisphere , the earnings of a Stallion have double.
sat.customer More than 1 year ago
And just pass off his injuries to his offspring
Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
he swill end up standing for 2,500 so who's going to get rich ?
Perl More than 1 year ago
surely his initial fee will be much higher than that. Certainly a better way of generating cash flow than trying to keep this precocious cripple in training.
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
Yes, it is true they are worth more at stud, but tell me, would you pay the enormous price for a horse, just turned age 3 that already broke down? If you ask me, and I know you didn't, l feel we are only ensuring a next crop of horses that break down and maybe at 2 instead of 3. If I had a mare and wanted a good foal, I would find a cheap claimer that maybe has 6 or 8 wins in a row and hasn't broke down. Sometimes you can find a good 6 year old plodder who miraculously hasn't been ruined by the claiming races. I just saw one of those win at Aqueduct the other day. He had something like 6 out of 7 and no long line of lay offs. I wouldn't pay a hundred or two hundred grand for a horse that can't make it through the pre Derby process.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
PAR FOR THE COURSE! Shanghai Bobby was an early bloomer but hasnt translated to a viable 3 year old. Facts are facts. Hope the horse heals and lives a long life.
Sheldon Glass More than 1 year ago
How many horses of the amazing Todd have broken down and the press NEVER covers this side of the story...Every turf writer bows down to this incompetent .It's a scam, In my opinion. Runs horses once every 5 weeks or so he can get his 130.00 day money because that he is only way he can keep theses horse's running before they break down. He learned his lessons well from D.Wayne.
Kevin Smith More than 1 year ago
i agree with you 100%
Lori Schwartz More than 1 year ago
Too much too soon. 2 year olds are still developing; putting them through a rigourous training and racing schedule is counter productive - unless your goal is to have a champion 2 year old and then a retired horse.
Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
we should do like in Germany....cant go to stud until 5yr old and no Lasix users.....really people its that simple
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
Just to much stress WAY to early for todays 2yo T-Breds...A blind man/woman can see that...But as a bunch of us know, its all about the $$$...
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
and sadly, it is us, we the bettors who clamor for these horses. Right around New Year's Day we are already watching the 3 year old stakes races for signs of a future derby champ. We can't wait to get our future wagers down. How many times have we, or I, spoke out about rushing two years olds into pre-Derby process? Not too many times at all.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
And so it goes...
nicola c More than 1 year ago
NO WAY A PLETCHER HORSE !
Sheldon Glass More than 1 year ago
How many horses of the amazing Todd have broken down and the press NEVER covers this side of the story...Every turf writer bows down to this incompetent .It's a scam, In my opinion. Runs horses once every 5 weeks or so he can get his 130.00 day money because that he is only way he can keep theses horse's running before they break down. He learned his lessons well from D.Wayne.
Perl More than 1 year ago
Exactly. And when anyone has the audacity to criticize Todd the God, they get called "Haters," and people who are just bitter because Todd always wins. Hey, I have won betting Pletcher horses. I have lost betting Pletcher horses. I have won betting against Pletcher horses and I have lost betting against Pletcher horses. Bottom line: The whole operation kinda stinks.