Shanghai Bobby, last season’s unbeaten 2-year-old champion, has been retired from racing and will stand at Coolmore America’s Ashford Stud in Kentucky. The son of Harlan’s Holiday sustained an injury to a suspensory ligament when making a successful comeback in last Friday’s Aljamin Stakes at Belmont Park.
Trainer Todd Pletcher said: “It’s very disappointing as he ran really well off the layoff and we were looking forward to going back to Santa Anita with him for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint or the Dirt Mile. He was a really great two-year-old, undefeated in five starts over five different distances ranging from 4½ furlongs to 1 1/16 miles. He displayed his brilliant speed in the Hopeful and Champagne and then showed tremendous courage to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.”
Starlight Racing co-managing partner Jack Wolf stated: “We’re disappointed as we were looking forward to him returning to top level competition following his win in the Aljamin Stakes. 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.”
Dermot Ryan, manager of Ashford Stud, 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.