Shanghai Bobby stars in Holy Bull; Kauai Katie tops
One week after being officially awarded the 2012 juvenile colt championship,
A comfortable winner of his first four starts, including the Grade 1
Shanghai Bobby, who breaks from post 1 and retains Rosie Napravnik in the
saddle, will seek to avoid some of the bad luck that has befallen some recent
juvenile champions in their three-year-old debuts. Hansen, the two-year-old
champion of 2011, was beaten five lengths when making his sophomore bow in last
year’s Holy Bull, while newly-crowned juvenile filly champion Beholder was upset
in Monday’s Grade 2 Santa Ynez at Santa Anita.
Bern Identity, who captured the Grade 2 Sanford before running third to
Shanghai Bobby in the Hopeful, bypassed the Breeders’ Cup entirely to
concentrate on Delta Downs’ lucrative juvenile features last fall. A
three-length winner of the Jean Laffitte over a mile at the Louisiana course,
the Bernstein colt was closing fast when 1 3/4 lengths second to Goldencents in
the Grade 3 Delta Downs Jackpot on November 17.
Farther up the track in the Delta Jackpot was Itsmyluckyday, who had
Kentucky-based horsemen Kenny McPeek and Dale Romans both have solid Holy
Dewey Square also competed in the Kentucky Jockey Club, finishing third by 1
Sr. Quisqueyano, who captured his first three starts at two by a combined
margin of 28 3/4 lengths, enters the Holy Bull off four consecutive runner-up
finishes against stakes company. Hero of last August’s Seacliff at Calder, Sr.
Quisqueyano finished behind Itsmyluckyday in two of them, in the Foolish
Pleasure and the Gulfstream Park Derby.
Expected to show some early foot Saturday is Clearly Now, a Canadian invader
who met defeat for the first time in his two-turn debut in the Display at
Woodbine on December 1. The son of Horse Greeley will be racing on dirt for the
first time in the Holy Bull.
The Holy Bull field is completed by Tulira Castle and Freericksburg, one-two
finishers in a one-mile Gulfstream allowance on December 8, and Joshua’s
Comprise, an outsider trained by Barry Rose.
In addition to having Shanghai Bobby in the Holy Bull, trainer Todd Pletcher
Kauai Katie has been virtually untouchable in four career outings around one
A tiring fourth in her lone route try, in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
Five fillies will oppose Kauai Katie in the Forward Gal including My Happy
Spring Venture, a Sovereign Award finalist for Canada’s champion juvenile
filly, won her first three outings including the Grade 2 Natalma on turf and the
Grade 3 Mazarine on Polytrack. But the Mark Casse trainee failed to fire in the
Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf after breaking tardily and racing
wide throughout the one-mile test. The Forward Gal will mark her debut on dirt.
Fusaichiswonderful arrives on the mainland United States having run out of
competition in Puerto Rico. Now trained by Pletcher, the chestnut won all five
of her starts on the island by an average margin of more than seven lengths.
Four of her wins were in stakes, two of which were against males.
Outsiders Ashlee’s Princess and Pow Wow Wow complete the field.