Shanghai Bobby energetic; Awesome Feather in good shape

Trainer Todd Pletcher left for his return trip to the East Coast early Sunday morning. Assistant trainer Mike McCarthy said that all of the Pletcher horses were fine after participating in the Breeders' Cup.

The leader of the Pletcher contingent is Shanghai Bobby, who completed an unbeaten season with a victory by a head over He's Had Enough in the Juvenile.

"Shanghai Bobby looks fantastic," McCarthy said. "He ate up last night and was full of energy here this morning."

The rest of the Breeders' Cup team comprised Dreaming of Julia and Kauai Katie, respectively third and fourth in the Juvenile Fillies; Tara From the Cape, fourth, Juvenile Fillies Turf; Love and Pride, fifth, Ladies' Classic; In Lingerie, ninth, Filly & Mare Turf; Bridgetown, 14th, Turf Sprint; Turbo Compressor, 14th, Turf; and Turbulent Descent, seventh, Filly & Mare Sprint.

In Lingerie was shipped to Kentucky Sunday and will go through the Fasig-Tipton November Sale in Lexington on Monday night.

The stable's other eight Breeders' Cup runners are scheduled to fly to Florida on Monday. They will be stabled at Pletcher's winter base at the Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach, Florida.

Trainer Chad Brown, who was also heading back to the East Coast early Sunday morning, reported that all six of his Breeders' Cup runners were fine.

Zagora won the Filly & Mare Turf; Watsdachances was runner-up in the Juvenile Fillies Turf; Noble Tune and Balance the Books, were second and third, respectively Juvenile Turf; Awesome Feather suffered her first loss when sixth in the Ladies' Classic; and Corporate Jungle was sixth in the Turf Sprint.

Zagora, whose win in the Filly & Mare Turf made her a leading contender for the female turf championship, left for Kentucky on Sunday. She is entered in the Fasig-Tipton November Sale Monday evening in Lexington, Kentucky.

Brown's other five Breeders' Cup horses are headed to the Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach, Florida, and will remain in training.

Watsdachances came out of her second-place finish in the Juvenile Fillies Turf with a grabbed quarter and some minor cuts on her legs.

"Watsdachances lost the right hind shoe in her race, a grabbed quarter and has cuts and abrasions on all four legs," Brown said. "No excuses, though. I thought she ran great to be second considering how cut up she got in the race. She's a very brave horse. It doesn't surprise me. That's the way she's trained and raced in all three starts with me -- with tremendous courage and determination. I think she's got a bright future ahead of her."

Saturday morning, Brown said that Awesome Feather was fine following Friday's Ladies' Classic in good shape. The four-year-old filly owned by Stronach Stables suffered her first career loss after putting up a 10-0 record. A tendon injury limited her starts the past two years.

"She appeared to come out of the race in good shape," he said. "Looking at the race again, and talking with the jockey (Jeffrey Sanchez), we just don't feel that she handled the track at all. Not taking anything away from the winner (Royal Delta); she was fabulous. Even if we handled the track, it's hard to imagine anyone beating Royal Delta the way she ran.

"As far as our filly goes, it just wasn't her day. Right from the start, she never looked engaged in the bridle at all. I've never, ever seen that side of her. I just have to believe that she didn't handle the track. I'll draw a line through it and talk to Mr. (Frank) Stronach about what they want to do regarding next year. There's been no plans." 

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