Shanghai Bobby takes Hopeful Stakes

Shanghai Bobby rallied to the lead with less than a furlong to run and won the $300,000 Hopeful Stakes for 2-year-olds by 3-3/4 lengths on closing day at Saratoga Race Course on Monday.

Rosie Napravnik rode the Todd Pletcher-trained colt, who ran seven furlongs in 1 minute, 22.72 seconds to remain undefeated after three starts. Shanghai Bobby earned $180,000 for Starlight Stable.

Shanghai Bobby, coupled in the wagering with Lawn Man, paid $6.30 on a $2 win bet. Fortify was the runner-up, and Bern Identity finished third in the field of eight.

Pletcher won the training title for the third consecutive Saratoga summer meet with 36 winners. It was his ninth career title at the track. Ramon Dominguez won the riding title with 68 winners, breaking the old mark of 64 set by John Velazquez set in 2004. Dominguez twice rode six winners in a single day, on July 22 and Sept. 2. Mike Repole was the leading owner, winning 13 races.

Thoroughbred racing in New York resumes at Belmont Park on Saturday.

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