Shanghai Bobby retired because of injury
NEW YORK (AP) — Shanghai Bobby, last year’s undefeated 2-year-old champion, has been retired from racing after getting injured in his comeback race.
He won the $98,000 Aljamin Stakes by a neck at Belmont Park last Friday but hurt his suspensory ligament, a common lower leg injury in the sport. The race marked Shanghai Bobby’s successful comeback from a pelvic fracture that caused him to miss the Triple Crown after he got hurt in the Florida Derby in late March. He won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last year.
The colt will stand at Coolmore America’s Ashford Stud in Kentucky, where he will join fellow Eclipse Award-winning juveniles Lookin At Lucky, Uncle Mo and Hansen. Shanghai Bobby had six wins — including all five of his races last year — in eight career starts and earnings of $1,857,000.
Trainer Todd Pletcher said Sunday that he had been looking forward to taking Shanghai Bobby to Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup in November. He calls the colt’s retirement “very disappointing.”
Starlight Racing co-managing partner Jack Wolf says Shanghai Bobby took his group on “a great adventure.”