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Shanghai Bobby has had a tremendous start to his career and is considered by many to be the top contender to win the 2014 Kentucky Derby. After all, going into the Holy Bull Stakes this past weekend he was 5-0 with wins in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Champagne Stakes, both of which are Grade I races. Not to mention just last week he was given the Eclipse Award as top two-year-old of 2012. The winning streak and cloak of invincibility took a shot as Ed Plesa Jr. brought Itsmyluckday into Gulfstream Park and pulled off a big upset.

The Todd Pletcher trained Shanghai Bobby got out of the gate well and stayed along the rail, moving in front and setting the pace. Clearly Now and Itsmyluckyday, who broke out of the seventh spot, moved in behind the leader and stalked until the final turn, where they moved away from the field.  The turn is where Itsmyluckyday was able to pull up with Shanghai Bobby and take the lead from him at the top of the stretch and just steadily put some distance between himself and the two-year-old champion. Itsmyluckyday took the race by two lengths and Shanghai Bobby finished second easily outdistancing third place finisher Clearly Now. Jockey Elvis Trujillo was excited about the win for Itsmyluckday; ”This was a very fast trip with two horses out in front and us right behind,” Trujillo said. ”This was the trip Mr. Plesa and I hoped for.” {1}

These colts seem destined to face each other again in the Florida Derby according to indications from their training staffs. For the win, Itsmyluckday earned ten points in the Kentucky Derby Championship Standings and the four points earned by Shanghai Bobby moves him into a tie with Goldencents on the leader board. Up next in the Derby Prep portion of the schedule is the Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita on February 2nd. We are likely to see some star power in that one as Goldencents, Power Broker, and He’s Had Enough are likely to run.


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