Harlan's Holiday's Shanghai Bobby stays undefeated with five-length stroll in Grade 1 Champagne S.
Saturday, October 06, 2012
Shanghai Bobby strutted his stuff to the tune of a five-length victory in Saturday's $400,000 Champagne S. (G1) at Belmont Park. The 2-year-old Harlan's Holiday colt is the leading earner this year for his sire, and has propelled the WinStar stallion to second on the 2-year-old Sire List.

Shanghai Bobby stalked pacesetter Goldencents through a quarter mile in 23.55 seconds and a half in 47.45, took command turning for home, and drew off under Rosie Napravnik’s vigorous hand ride to prevail with room to spare. The final time for one mile was 1:35.55

“He broke real sharp and we sat real comfortable outside of the horse that was on the lead (Goldencents),” said Napravnik. “He was taking me to the lead before I wanted to go, but he was full of it and did it as easy as could be. He’s just gotten better and more mature with every start and I think he’s just going to continue to grow and exceed our expectations.”

Owned by Starlight Racing, Shanghai Bobby is unbeaten in four starts. His previous stakes wins came in the 5 ½-furlong Track Barron S. at Belmont and a 3 ¾-length victory in the Grade 2 Three Chimneys Hopeful on Sept. 3 at Saratoga. Shanghai Bobby’s victory, worth $240,000, lifted his career earnings to $607,000.

“He’s shown the adaptability to stalk, and yet he has tactical speed to keep pressure on someone, keeping them from getting loose,” said winning trainer Todd Pletcher. “He’s tenacious. He has all of the tools.”

The Champagne is a “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) on November 3 at Santa Anita.

“This was such a great field,” said Starlight Racing founder Jack Wolf. “You could (have made) a case for any of the horses in here and I’m very proud of the way he performed against this bunch. We’ll talk to Todd (about the Breeders’ Cup) and see how the horse comes out.”

Wolf bought Shanghai Bobby out of the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale, going to $105,000 for the Stonehaven Steadings consignment.
WinStar News
Super Saver #1 freshman sire of Experimental Handicap horses
Super Saver

Super Saver #1 freshman sire of Experimental Handicap horses

Already boasting the best start at stud by any Kentucky Derby (G1) winner since Seattle Slew, Super Saver further bolstered the quality of his first crop by placing four runners on the 2014 Experimental Free Handicap...

[read more]

Four by Congrats are weighted on the Experimental
Congrats

Four by Congrats are weighted on the Experimental

Champion Sire Congrats remains the standard-bearer among all juvenile sires from the A.P. Indy line, with more runners ranked on the 2014 Experimental Free Handicap than any stallion from his famed sire line...

[read more]

American Pharoah co-high weight on Experimental Free Handicap
Pioneerof the Nile

American Pharoah co-high weight on Experimental Free Handicap

Pioneer of the Nile’s American Pharoah, champion 2-year-old male and winner of the Del Mar Futurity (G1) and the FrontRunner S. (G1), shared the high weight of 126 pounds on The Jockey Club’s 2014 Experimental Free Handicap...

[read more]

Barbados captures second straight stakes in Hutcheson S. (G3)
Speightstown

Barbados captures second straight stakes in Hutcheson S. (G3)

Barbados became Speightstown’s latest graded stakes winner on Saturday with a thrilling half-length victory in the $150,000 Hutcheson S. (G3)...

[read more]

Grade 3 Sweetest Chant S. goes to More Than Ready filly
More Than Ready

Grade 3 Sweetest Chant S. goes to More Than Ready filly

Consumer Credit captured her third straight win with an impressive performance in Saturday's Sweetest Chant S. (G3) at Gulfstream Park...

[read more]

Regally-bred Khozan a Distorted Humor ‘Rising Star’
Distorted Humor

Regally-bred Khozan a Distorted Humor ‘Rising Star’

Khozan came home the easiest of winners in his debut Saturday at Gulfstream Park, besting Wisecracker by 3 ¾-lengths to head a Distorted Humor “exacta”...

[read more]

G1-winning millionaire Overanalyze’s first foal is a filly

G1-winning millionaire Overanalyze’s first foal is a filly

WinStar Farm’s Overanalyze, the Grade 1-winning millionaire by Dixie Union, sired his first foal early Sunday, Jan. 18th when a filly was born at Red River Farm in Coushatta, LA...

[read more]

Pioneerof the Nile’s American Pharoah wins Eclipse Award
Pioneerof the Nile

Pioneerof the Nile’s American Pharoah wins Eclipse Award

Zayat Stables’ brilliant 2-year-old colt American Pharoah became Pioneerof the Nile’s first Eclipse Award winner when he was named 2014 2-year-old Champion Male at Saturday night’s Eclipse Awards...

[read more]

Pink Poppy blooms in Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf
Tiznow

Pink Poppy blooms in Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf

Tiznow got his first stakes winner of 2015 Saturday at Gulfstream Park when Pink Poppy strode to a 1 ½-length score in the $100,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf S...

[read more]

Speightstown racks up third stakes winner of the month
Speightstown

Speightstown racks up third stakes winner of the month

Weekend Hideaway surpassed the half-million dollar earnings mark with a four-length victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Sunshine Millions Sprint S...

[read more]