Unbeaten champion Shanghai Bobby made a quick jaunt Thursday from his Palm Meadows home to Gulfstream Park, where he schooled in the paddock with promising stablemate Verrazano during the 2ND race. The Todd Pletcher trainee was getting a field trip in advance of Saturday's Grade 3, $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes.
"He hasn't been to the racetrack or anywhere besides Palm Meadows since he ran in the Breeder's Cup (Juvenile on November 3)," Pletcher said. "We wanted him to get familiar with his surroundings here.
"He came in the paddock very well and saddled great, so we're looking forward to Saturday. I'm really pleased with the way he's training.
"I'm OK with our post position (the rail). Normally you wouldn't want to draw the one if it was a one-turn mile. I wouldn't want to be there.
"But in the two-turn races here, I think the inside post is an advantage. He's been in every scenario before and is an experienced horse, so I don't think it will bother him at all.
"Our plan is to run in the Holy Bull and the Florida Derby (Grade 1 on March 30) with a little space in between.
"If we decide after the Holy Bull that we need a race in between, we've got some flexibility with his schedule, which is why we wanted to get started early to create as many options as possible."