Shanghai Bobby can silence doubters in Florida Derby - 03/26/13
When Shanghai Bobby lost by two lengths to Itsmyluckyday in the Holy Bull back in January many became skeptical of the colt's stamina.
He was ahead half way down the stretch before he got caught. This is not to say Shanghai Bobby is not a premiere horse, because he is, but this weekend's Florida Derby will answer a lot of questions, good or bad.
He posted a career high Beyer Speed Figure of 100 in the Holy Bull. Shanghai Bobby was coming off a 2 month layoff then as well.
He improved, make no mistake about it, but maybe he ran into a better horse in Itsmyluckyday that afternoon. Or it could have just been a lucky day as his rival's name would suggest.
Shanghai Bobby set some pretty swift fractions in the Holy Bull (23.34, 46.68, 1:10.69), making this is the intriguing matchup of the weekend.
Shanghai Bobby and Itsmyluckyday and Orb, lest we forget about Orb. Those fractions again on Saturday could bode well for Orb, who benefited from a quick pace in the Fountain of Youth.
Looking at the rest of the projected field of nine, it will most likely come down to one of these three. They've all been training well in the lead up to this race.
Other probables in the Florida Derby are Frac Daddy, Pick of the Litter, Merit Man, Pontiff, Are You Kidding Me and Narvaez.
A full preview will come later in the week.