ARCADIA, Calif. — Breeders' Cup Juvenile favorite Shanghai Bobby will have additional rooting interests in his corner when he starts in the 11⁄16-mile test at Santa Anita Park on Saturday.
Jack Wolf, managing partner of owner Starlight Racing, confirmed Tuesday his group sold a 50-percent interest in Shanghai Bobby to the Coolmore partnership of Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith.
Wolf said the son of Harlan's Holiday would still run in Starlight's blue and yellow colors and that his group would be the managing partner of the colt.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, who counts Coolmore among his biggest clients, Shanghai Bobby is unbeaten in four career starts with his most recent triumph being a 5-length victory in the Grade I Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park on Oct. 6.
"They've been interested in the horse prior to the Champagne Stakes and their interest obviously increased when we won the Grade I there," Wolf said. "Before I did anything with these guys I talked to all of our partners and they all agreed that it was the right thing to do. I look forward to being partners with them. They're very smart business people and good horsemen."
Shanghai Bobby drew post No. 4 in the nine-horse Juvenile field and was installed as the 2-1 morning-line choice.
Mucho Macho Man shows off bigger, better form for Classic
Owner Dean Reeves will feel a lot better once he can actually see his horse on the grounds at Santa Anita Park.
Not only will it mean that graded stakes winner Mucho Macho Man has escaped Hurricane Sandy in New York, but his competition will get to witness for themselves why his owner has gone into every race this year fully expecting his colt to win.
The gangly Mucho Macho Man that ran in all three legs of the Triple Crown last season has grown into himself in his 4-year-old season. Not only is the son of Macho Uno more finished in his physical stature but he has matured into one of the more consistent members of the handicap division.
Heading into Saturday's $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, Mucho Macho Man has won three of five starts this year, defeating some of the horses regarded as the top Classic contenders along the way.
The Kathy Ritvo-trainee was edged by To Honor and Serve in the Grade I Woodward on Sept. 1 but beat that one earlier in the Grade II Suburban Handicap. Mucho Macho Man also got the best of Ron the Greek when those two faced off in the Sunshine Millions Classic in January.
"He always gives you everything he's got in a race so I'm never disappointed in Macho," Reeves said. "He's a bigger, better horse and he has matured. He had to go through all those stages so through the year we selected certain races for him because he is a June foal.
"We gave him plenty of time between races and I think he's coming into this in peak shape ready to go."
Royal Delta's cut minor
Despite sporting stitches on her right hip from a cut suffered during her flight to California, champion Royal Delta otherwise looked a picture when she went to the Santa Anita track for the first time Tuesday.
Trainer Bill Mott said the defending winner of the Ladies' Classic was cut when entering the stall on the plane at Stewart Airport near New York but it did not injure the muscle or tissue underneath.
"The site that was sutured looked really good," Mott said. "She is doing great. She's healthy, she is sound. She has been working great."
Nonios works for Classic
Nonios sparked some enthusiasm from Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer as he went through a 4-furlong move in 462⁄5, the best of 19 on the Santa Anita work tab.
"It was perfect," Hollendorfer said. "He went a little faster than I expected, but I told Martin (jockey Pedroza) to let him go if he was doing things easy. He was doing it that way; pretty much breezing."
Nonios won the Grade III Affirmed Handicap over the Hollywood Park main track in June and has run second in three of his last four starts. The son of Pleasantly Perfect was second to Breeders' Cup Classic favorite Game On Dude last time out in the Grade I Awesome Again Stakes.
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