Starlight Racing announced Monday that their champion 2-year-old Shanghai Bobby (Harlan’s Holiday) will be given time off following a fifth-place finish in Saturday’s GI Besilu Stables Florida Derby. As a result, he will miss the GI Kentucky Derby May 4. "There's nothing obviously wrong with him, but we will go over him thoroughly and give him some time off to fully recover from his long campaign," said trainer Todd Pletcher Monday. "He'll be sent to Payton Training Center [in Ocala] today and allowed to have the down time that he seems to need right now." Shanghai Bobby, who is co-owned by Mrs. John Magnier, Michael B. Tabor and Derrick Smith, completed a five-for-five juvenile campaign with a win in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Nov. 3. He finished second to Florida Derby runner-up Itsmyluckyday (Lawyer Ron) in the Jan. 26 GIII Holly Bull S. at Gulfstream on seasonal debut."Obviously we're disappointed because of the timing, but we need to do what's right for the horse and it looks like he's ready for a break," said Starlight co-managing partner Donnie Lucarelli. Jack Wolf, Starlight's other managing partner, added, "Shanghai Bobby has been at the track for 13 months and his energy level and level of performance has never suggested he needed any time off until now. It's time to freshen him up and, if all goes well, point for a late summer, early fall campaign."
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