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2012 Champagne, Frizette, and Jamaica Handicap

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Shanghai Bobby winning the 2012 Champagne Stakes
Shanghai Bobby winning the 2012 Champagne Stakes

Shanghai Bobby winning the 2012 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park

© Vanessa Ng
October 8, 2012

The juvenile main track divisions of the Breeders' Cup Challenge were featured at Belmont before 5,281 paying spectators on an overcast Saturday afternoon. The $400,000 Foxwoods Champagne Stakes (G1) features 2-year-olds going 1 mile around 1 turn of the main track, with the winner earning a spot in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile on November 3 at Santa Anita. Shanghai Bobby was sent off as the 8-5 favorite in the field of 6, undefeated in three starts including the Hopeful (G2) at Saratoga last out. In to challenge him included 3-1 second choice Archwarrior, a debut winner at Saratoga last out, and 7-2 third choice Goldencents off a 7 length debut win at Del Mar.

Jockey Kevin Krigger sent Goldencents to the front exiting the chute and he set fractions of 23.55 and 47.45 while pressed by Shanghai Bobby to his outside. Entering the stretch, Shanghai Bobby eased up to take over the lead through 3/4 in 1:11.21, then drew off under a hand ride to win by 5 lengths in 1:35.55 over the fast track. It was a length back to 6-1 Fortify third.

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