Shanghai Bobby holds on to win Breeders' Cup Juvenile
Arcadia, CA (Sports Network) - Undefeated Shanghai Bobby found something extra down the stretch to hold on and capture Saturday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita. The 2-year-old colt covered the 1 1/16-miles in 1:44.58.
Ridden by Rosie Napravnik, Shanghai Bobby went off as the 6-5 favorite in the nine-horse field. Power Broker was the 2-1 second pick.
Setting the pace was Title Contender with Shanghai Bobby to his outside in second. The top two battled up the backstretch and around the far turn.
Shanghai Bobby, trained by Todd Pletcher, took the lead on the final turn and into the stretch. However, the favorite began to tire allowing the field to come to him.
At the top of the stretch, Shanghai Bobby looked like a beaten horse but he was able to dig down and hold off the late running He's Had Enough. The favorite posted a head victory over He's Had Enough with Capo Bastone third and Fortify finishing fourth.
Perfect in five starts, Shanghai Bobby is the early favorite for the 2013 Kentucky Derby.
The win is the first for Napravnik in Breeders' Cup competition and she joins Julie Krone as the only female jockeys to win Championship races. Pletcher picks up his seventh Breeders' Cup win.
Owned by Starlight Racing, Shanghai Bobby adds $1.08 million to his earnings which stand at $1,687 million.
Shanghai Bobby returns $4.60, $3.40 and $2.60. He's Had Enough paid $12.60 and $7.40, and Capo Bastone paid $5.00 to show.
11/03 17:58:00 ET