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Like Hansen in 2011, Shanghai Bobby rolled into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile unbeaten, and like the Michael Maker trained colt a year ago, he left that way, just being able to outlast the competition. Todd Pletcher has the makings of a special horse as Shanghai Bobby blew out of the gate and even though he seemed to tire, he refocused down the stretch and held on to win his second consecutive grade I race.

Right out of the gate, Shanghai Bobby was ready to run, as he sprang to the front with Title Contender and those two battled up the back stretch. At the turn Shanghai Bobby took off from the field and it seemed like he was either going to run away with the race or tire. Jockey Rosie Napravnik didn’t believe her ride was tiring, but that he had lost his focus as he lost steam, stating; “Once he gets to the lead, he gets a little bit lost,” she said. “I was worried at that point because he just came to a walk. I was hoping those horses would come up to him sooner than later.” {1} The challenge came in the form of He’s Had Enough, who is trained  and jockeyed by the same team that took last year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, Doug O’Neill, and Mario Gutierrez, respectfully. Just when it seemed that He’s Had Enough was going to surge ahead, Shanghai Bobby turned the gas back on and was able to pull out the win. Capo Bastone ran third in a nice closing effort as he sat back in the field for much of the race before taking a charge at the leaders. Kiaran McLaughlin’s Fortify and Bob Baffert’s Power Broker were expected to be factors, but that never really materialized as they finished just out of the money.

Shanghai Bobby is now 5-0 in his brief career and is the early favorite for the Kentucky Derby hopefuls as well as the favored two-year-old to win the Eclipse Award.