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Top News in Thursday's TDN
Shanghai Bobby, Beholder Top Experimental Free Handicap
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Shanghai Bobby (Harlan's Holiday--Steelin', by Orientate), an undefeated champion in five starts in 2012, including a gutty victory over He's Had Enough (Tapit) in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile, was assigned 126 pounds to He's Had Enough's 123 to top the 2012 Experimental Free Handicap released Wednesday morning by The Jockey Club. Violence (Medaglia d'Oro), winner of the GI CashCall Futurity, was also assigned 123 pounds.

Beholder (Henny Hughes--Leslie's Lady, by Tricky Creek) topped the fillies' division on a weighting of 123 pounds, one pound more than TDN 'Rising Star' Executiveprivilege (First Samurai), whom she defeated in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in November. Campaigned by B. Wayne Hughes, Beholder was victorious in three of her five trips to the post and was beaten on the wire by Executiveprivilege in the GI Del Mar Debutante.

Foreign-based horses ranked high on the 2012 EFH, as Flotilla (Fr) (Mizzen Mast), upset winner of the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' Turf, ranked third among her sex on 120, the same weight that was given to Kauai Katie (Malibu Moon). GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf hero George Vancouver (Henrythenavigator) was fourth among the colts at 121, equal to the weight given GI FrontRunner S. hero Power Broker (Pulpit).

Among sires of Experimental horses, Harlan’s Holiday leads the list of colts and geldings with five representatives; Any Given Saturday and Street Hero have four each. City Zip and Malibu Moon head the fillies’ list with five representatives each. Broken Vow and Kitten’s Joy have four each. Combining the two lists, Harlan’s Holiday, Kitten’s Joy and Malibu Moon are the leading sires with six each, followed by Broken Vow, City Zip, Henny Hughes and Unbridled’s Song with five each.

The weighting committee of racing secretaries was once again composed of Ben Huffman of Churchill Downs and Keeneland, P.J. Campo of the New York Racing Association and Thomas S. Robbins of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. The committee weighted a total of 125 males and 117 fillies. Eligible for weighting were all 2-year-olds of 2011 that finished among the top four in graded or listed stakes races run in the continental United States. Listed stakes in 2011 were those with a value of $75,000 or more available to all starters, and no restrictions other than age or sex. All Experimental Free Handicap weight assignments, as well as past performances for those horses, are available within the Publications and Resources section of jockeyclub.com at jockeyclub.com/experimental.asp. The Jockey Club Experimental Free Handicap, published annually since 1935, is a weight-based assessment of the previous year’s leading 2-year-olds, with the weights compiled for a hypothetical race at 1 1/16 miles on dirt.

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