An Investor's Perspective on Shanghai Bobby and the Juvenile

Coolmore Stud is one of the most powerful breeding
and racing operations in the world. One way the farm stays that way is by going
after top racing prospects to stand as stallions.

In the week leading up to the Breeders; Cup World
Championships, Coolmore and its associates acquired a 50% interest in Shanghai
Bobby, who then captured the Grey Goose Juvenile (gr. I) Nov. 3 at Santa Anita
Park. The son of Harlan's Holiday raced for Starlight, Michael Tabor, Susan
Magnier, and Derrick Smith in the $2 million event.

Shanghai Bobby is undefeated in five races career
and has earned $1,687,000. Prior to the Breeders' Cup, where he clinched 2012's
Eclipse Award for 2-year-old male, his efforts included victories in the
Foxwoods Champagne (gr. I), Three Chimneys Hopeful (gr. II), and Track Barron stakes.

Michael Tabor discussed Coolmore's involvement with
Shanghai Bobby following the Juvenile after leaving the winner's circle.

"When a horse has won the Hopeful and won the
Champagne, he's obviously a good 2-year-old and you think he's got a future,
and so it's proved to be," Tabor said. "We try to pick our punches and we took
our chance. I'm not sure he'll get a mile and a quarter, but hopefully, he'll
go on to some nice things next year. I'm very happy. It makes up for some of
the bad ones you buy."

The partnership involving Shanghai Bobby should be a
good one because "Jack Wolf (of Starlight) is a lovely man," Tabor said. "You
don't go into partnerships with people you don't get on with. It's as simple as
that. He's easy to deal with and I hope we are, too. We all want what's best
for the horse. We also have had a good relationship with (Shanghai Bobby's
trainer) Todd Pletcher since 1995 when he looked after (champion and Kentucky
Derby, gr. I, winner) Thunder Gulch while he was the head lad for Wayne Lukas.
We go back a long way, and he (Pletcher) likes this horse (Shanghai Bobby) very
much."

In addition, Tabor talked about what it was like to
win the Juvenile after buying into a horse privately.

"If you breed - and we do - and if one of your
horses goes on to be a champion, it's obviously a bigger thrill," he said. "But
you can't win them all with your horses, so you have to face reality and you
buy what's available if you can."







  











Coolmore Stud is one of the most powerful breeding
and racing operations in the world. One way the farm stays that way is by going
after top racing prospects to stand as stallions.





In the week leading up to the Breeders; Cup World
Championships, Coolmore and its associates acquired a 50% interest in Shanghai
Bobby, who then captured the Grey Goose Juvenile (gr. I) Nov. 3 at Santa Anita
Park. The son of Harlan's Holiday raced for Starlight, Michael Tabor, Susan
Magnier, and Derrick Smith in the $2 million event.





Shanghai Bobby is undefeated in five races career
and has earned $1,687,000. Prior to the Breeders' Cup, where he clinched 2012's
Eclipse Award for 2-year-old male, his efforts included victories in the
Foxwoods Champagne (gr. I), Three Chimneys Hopeful (gr. II), and Track Barron stakes.





Michael Tabor discussed Coolmore's involvement with
Shanghai Bobby following the Juvenile after leaving the winner's circle.





"When a horse has won the Hopeful and won the
Champagne, he's obviously a good 2-year-old and you think he's got a future,
and so it's proved to be," Tabor said. "We try to pick our punches and we took
our chance. I'm not sure he'll get a mile and a quarter, but hopefully, he'll
go on to some nice things next year. I'm very happy. It makes up for some of
the bad ones you buy."





The partnership involving Shanghai Bobby should be a
good one because "Jack Wolf (of Starlight) is a lovely man," Tabor said. "You
don't go into partnerships with people you don't get on with. It's as simple as
that. He's easy to deal with and I hope we are, too. We all want what's best
for the horse. We also have had a good relationship with (Shanghai Bobby's
trainer) Todd Pletcher since 1995 when he looked after (champion and Kentucky
Derby, gr. I, winner) Thunder Gulch while he was the head lad for Wayne Lukas.
We go back a long way, and he (Pletcher) likes this horse (Shanghai Bobby) very
much."





In addition, Tabor talked about what it was like to
win the Juvenile after buying into a horse privately.





"If you breed - and we do - and if one of your
horses goes on to be a champion, it's obviously a bigger thrill," he said. "But
you can't win them all with your horses, so you have to face reality and you
buy what's available if you can."







  









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steve from st louis

Coolmore and Pletcher obviously believe there is the chance SB can outrun his pedigree. With a dosage profile of 5-2-5-0-0, a dosage index of 3.80 and a Center of Distribution of 1.00, he'll have to. His Breeders' Cup win showed his has the heart to outlast that bunch, I just didn't see a Derby winner in that field.

On paper, Fortify is bred for the 10 furlongs as is Monument, but they don't run the race on paper. Recent history says the 2013 Derby winner will make his first start in January at Gulfstream. I'll be watching.

13 Nov 2012 4:42 PM
Bill Rinker

Words of wisdom.

14 Nov 2012 9:43 AM
All the Kings Horses

Steve from St.Louis is very correct in that statement. When I read that I thought I wrote it & Pletcher as well as Baffert have million dollar babies in wait most people dont even know of yet if you dont follow the game closely....Stay tuned

14 Nov 2012 2:13 PM
tcc

His possible race schedule. From DRF.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Shanghai Bobby, the undefeated winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and likely champion 2-year-old colt, is being pointed to the Grade 3, $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 26 for his 3-year-old debut, trainer Todd Pletcher said Sunday.

By starting him in the Holy Bull, Pletcher has the option of running Shanghai Bobby back in the Fountain of Youth on Feb. 23 or, preferably, waiting for the Florida Derby on March 30 should he stick with the south Florida route to the May 4 Kentucky Derby for Shanghai Bobby. Pletcher said he would prefer just a two-race pre-Derby campaign for Shanghai Bobby, who twice this year won off a 69-day layoff.

“He’s had five races, but he’s also had good spacing in between,” Pletcher said. “Right now, I’d say the Holy Bull and Florida Derby put him on a steady campaign of races and we’d still have a fresh horse that’s had a lot of spacing in between his races.”

Pletcher added, “If you target the Fountain of Youth as your first start back and have any hiccups along the way and you miss the Fountain of Youth it puts you behind schedule.”

26 Nov 2012 3:37 PM

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