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Coolmore buys into Shanghai Bobby

Starlight Racing sold a 50 percent interest in undefeated 2-year-old colt Shanghai Bobby to Ireland-based Coolmore Stud this weekend. Shanghai Bobby, winner of the Grade I Champagne at Belmont Park and Grade II Hopeful at Saratoga Race Course, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

The son of Harlan's Holiday out of the Orientate mare Steelin' was purchased for $105,000 by Starlight at the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale. He will continue to run in the Starlight silks.

"They were looking to secure the horse for breeding purposes. Whether that's here or over there, or both, is to be determined, but hopefully that's a long ways away," said Don Lucarelli, Starlight co-managing partner with Jack Wolf.

Lucarelli said Starlight has received multiple offers to buy a share in Shanghai Bobby since he won the Champagne. Coolmore is one of the most influential breeding operations in the world; it's North American operation, Ashford Stud, is located near Versailles, Ky.

"The two big guys in the game are them and the sheikhs [of Godolphin], and the fact that they want to support this horse as a stallion is great," Lucarelli said. "The deal we wanted was to partner with reputable and good people."

Shanghai Bobby and trainer Todd Pletcher's other New York-based Breeders' Cup horses are scheduled to fly to California out of Newburgh Airport at 8:15 a.m. tomorrow on a Tex Sutton plane that will also be bringing Wise Dan and Fort Larned from Kentucky and picking up Mucho Macho Man in New York. The flight was pushed back a day because of Hurricane Sandy.

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