Coolmore Stud retires Shanghai Bobby

Coolmore Stud has retired Eclipse Award winning colt Shanghai Bobby to its Kentucky base at Ashford Stud.

Shanghai Bobby (3c Harlan’s Holiday – Steelin’ by Orientate) sustained a suspensory ligament injury when making a successful comeback in last Friday’s Aljamin Stakes at Belmont Park.

“It’s very disappointing as we were looking forward to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint or Dirt Mile,” trainer Todd Pletcher said.  “He displayed his brilliant speed in the Hopeful Stakes and Champagne Stakes and then showed tremendous courage to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last year.”

Shanghai Bobby was sidelined for the first-half of this season with a pelvic fracture which caused him to miss the Triple Crown.  “While it’s unfortunate that Shanghai Bobby won’t be at Santa Anita again this year, we are delighted that he’s coming to Ashford,” Coolmore manager Dermot Ryan said.  “After Lookin At Lucky, Uncle Mo and Hansen, he is the fourth straight Eclipse Award-winning Juvenile to retire here.”

Lookin At Lucky (Smart Strike) shuttled to Coolmore Australia for a one-off season in 2011 while Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie) is currently covering his second southern book in the Hunter Valley.

Shanghai Bobby is a grandson of Storm Cat and whether he’s considered a shuttle prospect is debatable.  The sireline has met with mixed success for Coolmore in Australasia – One Cool Cat, Footstepsinthesand, Black Minnaloushe, Hennessy, High Yield and Van Nistelrooy all failed down here.