Starlight Racing's Shanghai Bobby
(Harlan's Holiday) produced a powerful stretch run to record an authoritative 3 3/4-length victory in the GII Three Chimneys Hopeful S. on Monday's closing-day card at Saratoga. "That was a very professional effort from him," commented winning trainer Todd Pletcher. "So far, he's been very good. It seemed like he won with a little something left today; he was pricking his ears when he came to the wire. We're very proud of him."
Breaking from the outside in a field of nine, Shanghai Bobby broke a half-step slowly and was unhurried in the early strides, but he rushed up into a stalking fourth from the outside down the backstretch as Majestic Hussar
(Majestic Warrior) took the field through an opening quarter in :22.55. The 2-1 shot moved to challenge for the lead leaving the turn after a half in :45.28. He took command at the top of the lane and powered clear, leaving favored Fortify
(Distorted Humor) and Bern Identity
(Bernstein) to battle it out for second.
Shanghai Bobby debuted with a four-length victory over 4 1/2 furlongs at Aqueduct Apr. 19. He was a front-running victor of the Track Barron S. over 5 1/2 furlongs at Belmont June 27. "He was actually quite a handful today," jockey Rosie Napravnik, who took off GII Sanford S. winner Bern Identity to ride Shanghai Bobby, said of the winner. "Usually, he's a little more relaxed. Today, he was keyed up. It was all positive energy. He was ready to go. He did rate properly and finished really strong. He's a very talented horse. He's very sensible, and he's been moving forward every race and really maturing. I thought he was going to excel off his last race. It's great to have him back and in good shape. I'm sure he'll move forward off of this as well."Monday, Saratoga
THREE CHIMNEYS HOPEFUL S.-GII
, $400,000, SAR, 9-3, 2yo, 7f, 1:22 3/5, ft.
1--@SHANGHAI BOBBY, 120, c, 2, by Harlan's Holiday 1st Dam: Steelin' (SW, $185,197), by Orientate
2nd Dam: Steel Band, by Carson City
3rd Dam: Wedding Band, by Mighty Appealing
($105,000 yrl '11 KEESEP). O-Starlight Racing; B-Stonehaven Steadings (KY); T-Todd A Pletcher; J-Rosie Napravnik. $280,000. Lifetime Record: 3-3-0-0, $367,000. Werk Nick Rating: B. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 120, c, 2, Distorted Humor
--Kotuku (GB), by A.P. Indy. O-Godolphin Racing LLC; B-Darley (KY); T-Kiaran P McLaughlin. $60,000.
, 120, c, 2, Bernstein--Maddalena, by Good And Tough. ($43,000 yrl '11 KEEJAN; $75,000 yrl '11 KEESEP). O-George & Lori Hall; B-Galleria Bloodstock, Crosshaven Bloodstock, Petaluma Bloodstock et al (KY); T-Kelly J Breen. $30,000.
Margins: 3 3/4, 3/4, 2HF. Odds: 2.15, 1.70, 3.85.
Also Ran: Overanalyze, Show Some Magic, Vegas No Show, Majestic Hussar, Lawn Man. Scratched: Royal Art. Click for the brisnet.com chart, the brisnet.com PPs or the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Taylor Made Sales.