The only setback was a minor illness that knocked him out of the Saratoga Special in August.
"The morning of that race he got a temperature," Pletcher said. "It cost us a couple of days, but now looking back on it, it was a blessing."
Shanghai Bobby's biggest asset is his willingness to listen to jockey Rosie Napravnik. Many talented babies are headstrong and insist on galloping along full tilt. Shanghai Bobby will sit behind horses and wait for Napravnik's cue.
"He's done it all while continuing to physically mature," Pletcher said.
Pletcher is looking for his second Juvenile win. He won in 2010 with Uncle Mo, who was 3 for 3 after his Breeders' Cup victory.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, a two-time Juvenile winner, sends out two runners in an effort to derail Shanghai Bobby. It could be an inside-outside double team.
While Shanghai Bobby breaks from post No. 4, Baffert has Title Contender, 6-1 on the rail and Power Broker, the 5-2 second choice from the outside stall, post No. 9.
Baffert said Title Contender will force the issue.
"He's a high cruiser," Baffert said. "He's got that natural speed. We're down in the 1-hole with him, so we've all but got to go."
Power Broker was a dominant 6 1/2-length winner from a similar outside post in his latest start, Santa Anita's Front Runner Stakes.
NOTES: The Breeders' Cup kicks off Friday with six stakes: the $500,000 Juvenile Sprint, the $500,000 Marathon, the $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf, the $2 million Juvenile Fillies, the $2 million Filly & Mare Turf and the $2 million Ladies' Classic. The first BC race goes at 4:06 EDT.
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