Shanghai Bobby beaten in Holy Bull

  • Last Updated: January 27 2013, 12:58 GMT

Kentucky Derby favourite Shanghai Bobby was surprisingly turned over in the Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Shanghai Bobby: Suffered a surprise reverse

Todd Pletcher's previously unbeaten colt unsurprisingly headed the market for the Grade 3 stakes for Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby hopefuls but was turned over by Itsmyluckyday.

The champion 2-year-old of 2012 seemed to be well positioned in the one box to make a winning start to his three year old season in the 1 1/16-mile stakes but the Eddie Plesa Jr.-trained winner unleashed an impressive performance that broke the Gulfstream track record.

"Words can't describe it. It's something everybody should feel. Anybody in this game deserves to have this feeling. I wish them all to have this feeling sometime....just not today," Plesa told www.gulfstreampark.com.

"I told Elvis (Trujillo the winning rider), 'If you're seven-wide on the first turn and four-wide heading for home, you're not going to win the race.' I just wanted the best horse to win the race; I believe that's what happened today. I didn't see anybody that had any big excuses as far as wide trips. That's what I wanted for our horse; I wanted a fair chance to win the race," Plesa said.

"We'll see how he comes out of the race, but I'd lean toward the Florida Derby (March 30)," said Plesa of the Gulfstream's $1 million 3-year-old showcase. "But he's going to tell me what he wants to do. Then I'll sit down with our partners and we'll discuss it."

"Everybody's excited because of the Kentucky Derby. It's hard not to get wrapped up in that," Plesa said. "I know (for) Marion Montanari and David Melin, this is on their bucket list" he added.

Shanghai Bobby easily finished second, 11 ½ lengths ahead of Clearly Now and Pletcher offered no excuses.

"The winner was very good today. We were second best. We got a good trip and didn't expect to break the track record by three-fifths of a second in order to win," Pletcher said. "I was happy. We got the trip. We got the trip we anticipated."


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