'Bobby' Goes to Class at Gulfstream

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1/24/2013
6:22 pm EST

Shanghai Bobby (pictured at right) was vanned down from Palm Meadows to Gulfstream Park on Thursday afternoon to school in the paddock.

“He hasn’t been to the racetrack or anywhere besides Palm Meadows since he ran in the Breeder’s Cup. We wanted him to get familiar with his surroundings here," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "He came in the paddock very well and saddled great, so we’re looking forward to Saturday. I’m really pleased with the way he’s training."

Pletcher was asked about drawing post 1 in the Grade III Holy Bull.

“I’m OK with our post position," he said. "Normally you wouldn’t want to draw the one if it was a one-turn mile. I wouldn’t want to be there. But in the two turn races here, I think the inside post is an advantage. He’s been in every scenario before and is an experienced horse, so I don’t think it will bother him at all."

Pletcher said he still has the son of Harlan's Holiday on course for two starts this year before the Kentucky Derby.

“Our plan is to run in the Holy Bull and the Florida Derby with a little space in between," the trainer said. "If we decide after the Holy Bull that we need a race in between, we’ve got some flexibility with his schedule, which is why we wanted to get started early to create as many options as possible.”


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