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Aug 02, 2013

Shanghai Bobby back in training


Saratoga Springs, NY (Sports Network) - Champion colt Shanghai Bobby had his first workout on Monday since being sidelined with an injury.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Shanghai Bobby had a three-furlong work at Saratoga as he starts his comeback since being diagnosed with a slight pelvic stress fracture. His last start was in the Florida Derby on March 30 when he finished fifth.

"It was his first work back, and it went very well," Pletcher said. "It was just an easy three-eighths. It was nice to get him back on the work tab. He went just nice and easy by himself, just getting him back into a routine. He did exactly what we were hoping he would do, and seemed to handle it well."

The 3-year-old colt, owned by Starlight Partners, covered the distance in 38.95 seconds.

"Now, we'll kind of start to pick it up gradually as we go along," Pletcher said. "Basically, he'll be on a weekly work schedule from here, but I don't see him making a race here at Saratoga."

Shanghai Bobby won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita last November to secure the Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old of 2012. He was undefeated in five starts last year, but winless in two starts in 2013 with a second to Itsmyluckyday in the Holy Bull Stakes.

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