Shanghai Bobby Takes The Breeders' Cup Juvenile!

Coming down the stretch in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, jockey Rosie Napravnik had to refocus Shanghai Bobby to get him across the finish line just ahead of long shot He’s Had Enough. The Todd Pletcher trained colt had a run that was very similar to the race that Hansen ran last year in the Breeders’ Cup. In 2011, Hansen got out of the gate fast and seemed to lose a little gas down the stretch, but had just enough to hold off a hard charging Union Rags on his way to winning the Eclipse Award for two-year-olds. Saturday’s performance by Shanghai Bobby in the $2 million, grade I race mirrored last year’s contest and probably solidified his spot as an Eclipse winner, as it did for Hansen.

Shanghai Bobby burst from the gate with Title Contender and Monument, setting a very fast early pace. Power Broker, one of the favorites coming in to the affair, swung wide on the first turn and Capo Bastone was bringing up the rear, choosing not to challenge the sprinter pace that was being set by the leaders. Half way up the front stretch, it was Title Contender holding a lead inside with Shanghai Bobby and Speed Logistics just behind. Kiaran McLaughlin’s Fortify stayed just behind the lead pack as they approached the turn. The pace settled down somewhat and Shanghai Bobby made a move to take the lead on the turn as Monument and Title Contender started fading. With Shanghai Bobby looking like he was ready to pull away, he lost focus and actually took a look around. This distraction allowed He’s Had Enough, Fortify, and Capo Bastone to rally and pull into striking distance.

Napravnik was able to pull her colt’s attention back to the job at hand and he had to gear it up again. By this time, He’s Had Enough was able to pull even and looked like he was poised to take advantage of the front runner’s mistake. It wasn’t to be though as Shanghai Bobby recovered to hold the lead and took the race by a head. Capo Bastone made a tremendous closing run and finished third, just ahead of Fortify and Bob Baffert’s Power Broker.

The victory for Shanghai Bobby takes him into the winter boasting an unbeaten 5-0 record that includes three consecutive graded stakes victories. In the last two months, the Kentucky Derby hopeful has won the Champagne and Hopeful Stakes and stands alone atop the Kentucky Derby Championship Series with 20 points.

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