According to a press release issued by Ashford Stud, Shanghai Bobby injured a suspensory ligament during the running of the Aljamin Stakes held at Belmont Park on September 20. Effective September 29, Shanghai Bobby joins the ranks of other Thoroughbreds who have retired and are kicking off their stallion careers. Shanghai Bobby will stand at Coolmore America's Ashford Stud in Kentucky.
Shanghai Bobby is a Florida bred. He is by Harlan’s Holiday out of Steelin’ by Orientate. He was bought originally at the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale by Frank Brothers acting as agent for $105,000.
Owned by Starlight Racing and Coolmore partners, Shanghai Bobby won all of his starts as a two-year-old, five in all, most notably the Grade I Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
A pelvic fracture injury sidelined him from the three Triple Crown races.
Starlight Racing’s Jack Wolf said everyone is disappointed that Shanghai Bobby won’t join top-level runners after his Aljamin Stakes win. Wolf says,
This horse has taken us on a great adventure, from his undefeated 2-year-old campaign and Eclipse Award, to his successful return at 3. We are proud to have owned this special horse, and we wish him the best as he begins his new career at Ashford.
Manager of Ashford Stud Dermot Ryan said,
While it is unfortunate that Shanghai Bobby won't be at Santa Anita again this year, we are delighted that he's coming to Ashford. Following Lookin At Lucky, Uncle Mo and Hansen, he is the fourth straight Eclipse Award-winning juvenile to retire here.
Todd Pletcher said of Shanghai Bobby,
He was a really great 2-year-old, undefeated in five starts over five different distances ranging from 4 1/2 furlongs to 1-1/16 miles. He displayed his brilliant speed in the Grade II Hopeful and Champagne, and then showed tremendous courage to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
Shanghai Bobby retires with six wins and a second in eight starts. He won a total of $1,857,000.
Source: Blood Horse
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