Eclipse Champion Shanghai Bobby headlines Holy Bull

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Shanghai Bobby has been installed as the 4-5 morning-line favorite with regular jockey, Rosie Napravnik, flying in from Louisiana for the mount. Although this undefeated Todd Pletcher runner is clearly the class of the field and the one to beat, he’ll have to take on some worthy foes to grab the win and keep his standings on the Kentucky Derby points list. Shanghai Bobby’s front-running style should help him overcome his poor post position when he breaks from the rail in post 1.

Owners Lori and George Hall have teamed with trainer Kelly Breen to send Sanford Stakes winner Bern Identity to challenge Shanghai Bobby, again. The pair met at Saratoga in the Grade 2 Hopeful Stakes last September in which Shanghai Bobby finished 4 ½ lengths in front of third-place finisher Bern Identity. Bern Identity went on to win the Jean Lafitte at Delta Downs in his next start and finished second to Goldencents in the Grade 3 Delta Downs Jackpot. He has never finished out of the money in his six lifetime starts.

Trainer Kenny McPeek’s Frac Daddy, who finished second, a neck to Uncaptured, in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club last November at Churchill Downs, appears poised for a big effort in Saturday’s Holy Bull. The son of Scat Daddy posted a five furlong work in a sharp :59.4 two weeks ago. He turned in a similar effort just before the Kentucky Jockey Club. He’ll likely be sitting just behind the leaders and be ready when called upon.