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2012 Champagne, Frizette, and Jamaica Handicap


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Shanghai Bobby takes his walk down Victory Lane
Shanghai Bobby takes his walk down Victory Lane

Shanghai Bobby takes his walk down Victory Lane after the 2012 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park

© Vanessa Ng
Winning owner Jack Wolf said, "That was fun! When I saw we drew the No. 2 [post] I wasn't too excited, especially with the speed inside, but it actually worked out well for us. This was such a great field. You could make a case for any of the horses in here and I'm very proud of the way he performed against this bunch. We'll talk to Todd (about the Breeders' Cup) and see how the horse comes out."

Trainer Todd Pletcher said, "He's shown the adaptability to stalk, and yet he has tactical speed to keep pressure on someone, keeping them from getting loose. He's tenacious. He has all of the tools. The one thing we felt Shanghai Bobby had going for him coming into the race was seasoning. Those three starts, sometimes, are really important."

Jockey Rosie Napravnik said, "Bobby was on his game today. He broke real sharp and we sat real comfortable outside of (Goldencents). He was taking me to the lead before I wanted to go, but he was full of it and did it as easy as could be. He's just gotten better and more mature with every start and I think he's just going to continue to grow and exceed our expectations."

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