Shanghai Bobby has been unbeatable going into the $2 million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I). But the 2-year-old son of Harlan's Holiday will be battling history when he takes on eight challengers Nov. 3 at Southern California's Santa Anita Park.
In the eight previous Juveniles that were contested in the Golden State, only one New York-based horse was successful. That happened way back in 1984 when Chief's Crown defeated Tank's Prospect by three-quarters of a length in the inaugural Breeders' Cup at Hollywood Park. Chief's Crown also had a prep race at Santa Anita before that effort.
Shanghai Bobby was still in the Empire State, facing the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, when the field for this year's Juvenile was drawn Oct. 29. The dark bay or brown colt will break from the No. 4 post position with regular rider Rosie Napravnik aboard.
An earner of $607,000, Shanghai Bobby broke his maiden in his career debut, winning by four lengths at 4 1/2 furlongs in April at Aqueduct. He then took the Track Barron Stakes by a length at Belmont Park.
Shanghai Bobby followed those efforts with a 3 3/4-length triumph in the Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. In that race, he settled in fourth early and then challenged the leaders from the outside, blowing by everybody in his charge to the wire.
In his most recent effort, Shanghai Bobby stalked the front-running Goldencents before taking over the lead and running away from the field in the Foxwoods Champagne Stakes (gr. I). He won by five lengths Oct. 6 at Belmont.
"He's gotten more mature with every start," Napravnik said afterward.
Shanghai Bobby's competition in the Juvenile will include Power Broker and Capo Bastone, who finished first and third, respectively, in the Sept. 29 FrontRunner Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita. A son of Pulpit, Power Broker cruised by 6 1/2 lengths. His efforts also include a runner-up finish in the Oak Tree Juvenile Turf Stakes at Del Mar, where Dry Summer beat him by only a neck.
|Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Nov. 3 2:36 PM PDT|
|1||Title Contender||Martin Garcia||Bob Baffert||6-1|
|2||Speak Logistics||Angel Serpa||Edward Plesa Jr.||8-1|
|3||He's Had Enough||Mario Guttierrez||Doug F. O'Neill||20-1|
|4||Shanghai Bobby||Rosie Napravnik||Todd A. Pletcher||2-1|
|5||Monument||Joe Talamo||John W. Sadler||12-1|
|6||Dynamic Sky||Louie Contreras||Mark E. Casse||12-1|
|7||Capo Bastone||Joel Rosario||John W. Sadler||15-1|
|8||Fortify||Ramon Dominguez||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||9-2|
|9||Power Broker||Rafael Bejarano||Bob Baffert||5-2|