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01-25-2013, 03:49 PM
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More about the Holy Bull.

After four weeks of featuring supporting players and new faces, the star of the show, Shanghai Bobby, makes his eagerly awaited debut on the Kentucky Derby trail Jan. 26 when he faces nine opponents in the 1 1/16-mile Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

It is obvious by the size of the field that rival trainers hold little fear of last year's 2-year-old champion, as several of them will be sending out their big guns in an effort to catapult to the top of the list of leading Derby contenders.

In addition, Shanghai Bobby did not draw an ideal post, breaking from the rail. Expected to provide the biggest challenges are Frac Daddy and Dewey Square, who finished second and third, respectively, in last fall's Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes; Bern Identity, a fast-closing second in the rich Delta Downs Jackpot ; Itsmyluckyday, a 6 3/4-length winner of the Gulfstream Park Derby; and Tulira Castle, who has two wins and two seconds in four career starts, including an impressive score in an allowance/optional claimer at Gulfstream Dec. 8.

Shanghai Bobby is undefeated in five starts, including dominating victories in the Champagne Stakes and Hopeful Stakes and a gutsy win in the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Following his victories in the Hopeful and Champagne, the son of Harlan's Holiday -- Steelin', by Orientate showed his courage in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, digging in gamely the length of the stretch to out-battle longshot He's Had Enough, winning by a head in his first start without Lasix and having to travel cross-country.

"He's grown up; filling out; all the things you want to see from him going into his 3-year-old year," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "His last work went great. It looks like he's right on schedule."

Bred in Kentucky by Stonehaven Steadings, Shanghai Bobby was purchased by Starlight Partners, headed by Jack Wolf and Don Lucarelli, at the Keeneland September yearling sale for $105,000.

Shanghai Bobby has turned in a series of steady five-furlong works at Palm Meadows training center, his last being 1:00 4/5 breezing Jan. 20. He will be ridden by Rosie Napravnik, who has been on the colt in all of his starts.

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