Starlight Racing sold a 50 percent interest in undefeated 2-year-old colt Shanghai Bobby to Ireland-based Coolmore Stud last 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 at Santa Anita on Saturday.
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.
“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 of Duanesburg, 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 will continue to run in the familiar blue-and-yellow Starlight silks for as long as he races.
His owners in the program will be listed as Starlight Racing, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith.
Shanghai Bobby and trainer Todd Pletcher’s other New York-based Breeders’ Cup horses, along with Mucho Macho Man, were scheduled to fly to California out of Newburgh Airport at 8:15 a.m. this morning on a Tex Sutton charter flight after vanning up from Belmont Park.
The plane will make a pit stop in Kentucky to pick up Wise Dan and Fort Larned.
The flight was pushed back a day because of Hurricane Sandy.
In anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, Mechanicville native Chad Brown and Hall of Famer Bill Mott were able to make the last flight out of Albany International Airport in the wee hours of Monday morning.
Brown has six horses entered in the Breeders’ Cup, including undefeated Awesome Feather in the Ladies’ Classic and Zagora in the Filly & Mare Turf.
“It’s difficult,” Brown told The Associated Press. “Not only is my family back home but my whole business is back there. A lot of other trainers are in the same boat. So many things are going on, but luckily it doesn’t look like anything serious has happened to my business. We’re fortunate for that.”
Mott told the AP that 2011 Ladies’ Classic Royal Delta is fine after suffering a cut to her right hip on the flight from New York. She was scraped while being backed into the stall on the plane as they were loading for the trip.
The laceration required stitches.
“It looked very good this morning and was dry,” Mott told the AP on Tuesday. “There was just a small amount of swelling around the area. It was just the first layer of skin. There was no puncture wound. The muscle and tissue underneath were very good before they closed it up. If it stays the way it is right now, it will be a non-issue.”
While both Aqueduct and Belmont Park suffered power outages, there were no reports of major damage or injuries at either track.
“Everybody is fine back there,” Mott said. “There were no incidents. A lot of trees came down at Belmont. Nothing fell on the barn and no horses were injured and all the help is safe.”