Shanghai Bobby tops Experimental Free Handicap

Shanghai Bobby, last year's champion 2-year-old male and winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, received the high weight assignment of 126 pounds on The Jockey Club's 2012 Experimental Free Handicap, announced Wednesday by The Jockey Club.

Beholder, who won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, was the high-weight filly at 123.

The Experimental Free Handicap, published annually by The Jockey Club since 1935, is a weight-based assessment of the previous year's leading 2-year-olds, with the weights compiled for a hypothetical race at 11⁄16 miles on dirt.

The committee weighted 125 males and 117 fillies. Eligible for weighting were all 2-year-olds of 2012 that finished among the top four in graded or listed stakes races run in the continental United States.

Shanghai Bobby won all five of his starts last year by a combined 14 lengths and earned $1,687,000. He was bred in Kentucky by Stonehaven Steadings and is owned by Starlight Racing, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael B. Tabor and Derrick Smith.

In his 2013 debut Saturday, Shanghai Bobby finished second to Itsmyluckyday in the Grade III Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Beholder won three of her five starts and was second by a nose in the Del Mar Debutante Stakes with total earnings of $1,215,000. She was bred in Kentucky by Clarkland Farm and is owned by Spendthrift Farm.

Kentucky, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania produced the largest number of horses in the 2012 Experimental Free Handicap. Of the 242 juveniles weighted, 152 were bred in Kentucky, 31 in Florida, 11 in New York and nine in Pennsylvania.

Experimental Free Handicap


126—Shanghai Bobby; 123—He's Had Enough, Violence; 121—George Vancouver, Power Broker; 120—Overanalyze, Uncaptured; 119—Capo Bastone, Noble Tune; 118—Balance the Books, Frac Daddy, Fury Kapcori, Joha, Normandy Invasion, Rolling Fog, Spurious Precision; 117—Dynamic Sky; 116—Fortify, Goldencents; 115—Bern Identity, Dundonnell, Know More, Vegas No Show; 114—Delhomme, Den's Legacy, Dewey Square, Gabriel Charles, Gervinho, Java's War, Rising Legend, Scherer Magic; 113—Brave Dave, Hightail; 112—Charming Kitten, Itsmyluckyday, Merit Man, Pataky Kid, Really Mr Greely, Tesseron; 111—Amarish, Circle Unbroken, Notacatbutallama, Positively, Really Sharp, Shakin It Up, Sr. Quisqueyano, Super Ninety Nine, Two T's At Two B; 110—Newfound Zapper, Shining Copper, Vyjack, Weekend Hideaway, Whiskey Romeo, Zeewat; 109—Carried Interest, Handsome Jack; 108—Archwarrior, Brown Almighty, Carving, Dry Summer, Maybe So, Muppet Man, Onetwentyeight, Z Big Apple; 107—Carson's Crown, Caught Napping, Texas Bling; 106— Admiral Kitten, Avare, Best of Birdstone, He's So Fine, Heir of Storm, Mylute, One Firm Cat; 105—Backstreet Hero, Bernie the Jet, Dirty Swagg, Keep the Canoli, King Henny, Mr. Jawbreaker, Special Jo, Stormin Monarcho, Tate's Landing, The Drifter, Triple Cross, Uptown Boy; 104—Amerigo Vespucci, Darwin, Heaven's Runway, Special Skills; 103—Just Call Me Al, Sonofasamurai, Will Take Charge, Worldventurer; 102—Capital City, Drum Roll, In Harm's Way, Mr. McCoy, Oxbow, Pitch N Roll, Purple Egg, Summit County; 101—Fredericksburg, He's a Rockstar, I'm Wide Awake, Stormdriver; 100—Buckleberry Grey, Condiment, D'nied Permission, Dancin Upside Down, Estrickator, Hazardous, Holiday Mischief, James Jingle, Mac the Man, Mico Margarita, Ruler of Love, Simon Eyes, Stoneridge Gold, Sunlover, Under Review, Westernator, Z Maitre D.


123—Beholder; 122—Executiveprivilege; 120—Flotilla; Kauai Katie; 119—Dreaming of Julia, My Happy Face, Pure Fun; 118—So Many Ways; 117—Sign, Spring in the Air, Unlimited Budget, Watsdachances; 116—Blonde Fog; 115—Seaneen Girl, Summer of Fun; 114—Cue the Moon, Emollient, Gal About Town, Heir Kitty; 113—Broken Spell, Flashy Ways, Scarlet Strike; 112—Miss Empire, Mystic Love, Sweet Shirley, Tara From the Cape; 111—Blueeyesintherein, Moonwalk, Oscar Party, Rose to Gold; 110—Impossible Mary, Kitten's Point, Magical Moon, Salamera, Travesura, Unusual Way; 109—Birdlover, Gold Edge, Pussycat Lips; 108—Can't Explain, Every Way, Kitten's Dumplings, Mariel N Kathy, Midnight Ballet, Significant Bling; 107—Dancinginthecircle, Discreet Marq, She's All Scat, Touch Magic, Truly Marie, Wishing Gate; 106—Coconut Shrimp, Danalake, Doubled, Dreaming of Sophia, La Song, Lighthouse Bay, Renee's Queen, Speedinthruthecity, Teen Pauline, Unhedged; 105—Always Kitten; American Sugar, Butterfly Soul, Ek Haseena, Madame Cactus, Martha's Moon, Shrilanka, Sittin At the Bar, Somethingabouther; 104—Da Mi Basia Mille, Flashy Gal, Fully Living, Heart of New York, Mechaya, Renee's Titan; 103—Baby J, Cloudy in Sandiego, Flash Forward, Flattering Bea, Flattermewithroses, Jewel of a Cat, Liberated, Power Lady, Scammony, Seasoned Warrior, Sister Ginger, Sustained; 102—Courtney's Hope, Crumb, Custody, Giant Cats Eye, I'mclassyandsassy, Quiet Success, Switch to the Lead, Tiny Bear; 101—Cayllano, Cor Cor, Manuka Honey, Ruby Lips; 100—Back to Class, Disco Barbie, Eddington's Note, Effie Trinket, Fly Again, Hold Our Destiny, Kimono, Mr Hall's Opus, My Sonata, Nicki Starshine, Promise Me More, Satin Gold, Tilde, Vitameta, Wild for Love, Zip Cash Back.