Sitting in the Churchill Downs interview room after finally winning an edition of the Kentucky Derby, Hall of Fame horseman Shug McGaughey savored the victory.
Florida Derby winner Orb has Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey excited about the May 4 Kentucky Derby--more excited, said McGaughey, than he's ever been. But 19 other 3-year-olds also have their sights on the Derby.
The slight favorite is Goldencents at 5-1. Goldencents is trained by last year's Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O'Neill. Also at 5-1 is Revolutionary, who will be ridden by three-time Derby winner Calvin Borel.
Longshot Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Princess of Sylmar will assure a large payout in the Oaks-Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) double.
Orb carries seven generations of equine blood cultivated by the families of Stuart Janney III and Ogden Mills Phipps, and a long association of those families with trainer Shug McGaughey.
A half-dozen horses entered in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) field made their initial starts without race-day Salix, but for the 1 1/4-mile classic all six will receive the diuretic.
Now that the post positions have been drawn, Steve comments on the pace scenario. Plus Funny Cide and Mine That Bird. read blog
Miner's Mark, a grade I winner and the first foal out of the legendary Personal Ensign, was euthanized April 30 at Blue Ridge Farm in Virginia. The son of Mr. Prospector was 23.
Trainer Shug McGaughey talks about 7-2 Kentucky Derby (gr.I) favorite Orb's post-position draw, and also about the colt's behavior when a horse flipped on May 1 as he was schooling in the paddock at Churchill Downs. Watch Video
Orb was made the 7-2 morning-line favorite for the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) after drawing post 16 May 1 at Churchill Downs. Verrazano will break from post 14 and is the 4-1 second choice.
Lenny and Steve at Churchill Downs discuss who is in the Derby, Todd Pletcher's five, talk to D. Wayne Lukas about Oxbow and Will Take Charge, and make their picks. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. Watch Video
For the 28-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, a mount aboard highly-regarded Florida Derby victor Orb in the May 4 Kentucky Derby is a natural progression after a whirlwind month.
The final Derby Dozen for 2013, are there any surprises? read blog
Lenny Shulman discusses which Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders appeared on the track today, when Lines of Battle is expected to arrive, and the weather forecast this weekend. watch video
Spendthrift Farm owner B. Wayne Hughes had plenty of horses to keep an eye on April 30 during the training time for those preparing for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands(gr. I).
- By Frank Angst
Shug McGaughey discusses Orb and Kentucky Derby April 30 at Churchill Downs. watch video
If this year's Derby has you confused now, you'll really be tested if the projected forecast for rain on Saturday holds true. read blog
Orb, winner of the Besilu Florida Derby (gr. I), heads the NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll that came out April 29 in advance of the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
- By Steve Haskin
Steve Haskin presents the news of the day, including works by Orb, Oxbow, and Will Take Charge, and a weather report. Watch Video
Trainer Shug McGaughey looked mighty satisfied after Orb blazed four furlongs over the Churchill Downs strip in :47 4/5 April 29 in the colt's final piece of work before the May 4 Run for the Roses.
The week leading up to the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) got a quick jump out of the gate, with three probables working at Churchill Downs and two horses removed from consideration.
It didn't take the eagle eye of Bob Baffert long to zero in on Orb, who has flourished since arriving at Churchill Downs. read blog
Jockey Joel Rosario talks about Orb, his mount in the 2013 Kentucky Derby. Watch Video
Trainer Rudy Rodriguez put his skills as a former rider to use on Tuesday, April 23, riding grade II winner Vyjack on the Churchill Downs main track in preparation for the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Steve Haskin reshuffles his deck of 12 and reminds us how to handicap the old fashioned way this week on Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen. read blog
In search of his fifth Kentucky Derby (gr. I) victory, trainer D. Wayne Lukas sent out Oxbow for a five-furlong breeze Monday, April 22, at Churchill Downs.
Florida Derby (gr. I) victor Orb impressed trainer Shug McGaughey at Payson Park on the morning of April 21 while breezing five furlongs during a key workout for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. i) May 4.
The fields for the May 3 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) the following day continue to take shape, with eligibility in each race to be determined by the new points system.
The Blue Grass Stakes and Arkansas Derby have made an impact on Steve Haskin's Kentucky Derby Dozen this week. read blog
- By Frank Angst
While Shug McGaughey prepares his usual strong string of horses at the Keeneland spring meeting, more than a few of his thoughts are occupied by the stable's big 3-year-old Orb. read blog
Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, who was sidelined after an April 7 spill at Aqueduct, hopes to resume riding May 1 -- three days before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen is shuffled in a major way this week. There are new horses on it, and one is from 'left field'! read blog
Animal Kingdom's Dubai World Cup, Orb, Revolutionary, Dreaming of Julia, and more. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. Watch Video
The Florida Derby and Louisiana Derby have led to big changes in Steve's Derby Dozen, plus Lines of Battle arrives! read blog
Stuart Janney III and Phipps Racing's Orb, winner of the March 30 Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I), leapfrogs Verrazano to top the April 1 NTRA 3-year-old poll.
Evan Hammonds recaps the efforts of Orb and Revolutionary in the weekend's Kentucky Derby prep races; the Florida Derby and Louisiana Derby. watch video
Shug McGaughey made the trip to Payson Park March 31 to check on Orb, his Besilu Stables Florida Derby winner (gr. I) the preceding afternoon, reporting that the son of Malibu Moon was looking bright and feeling good.
Trainer Shug McGaughey said he was waiting for Orb to take him to Louisville, and the Hall of Fame conditioner should be on his way with the colt's big win in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) March 30.
Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk handicap the Florida Derby and Louisiana Derby. watch video
- By Pete Denk
Handicapping the weekend's major prep races. read blog
A field of 10 has been entered for the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) March 30 at Gulfstream Park, although three horses are getting almost all of the attention: Itsmyluckyday, Shanghai Bobby, and Orb.
Both colts will be among the favorites for the Santa Anita and Florida Derbys.
Steve Haskin has some shuffling in his Kentucky Derby Dozen this week. Read to see if Black Onyx or Govenor Charlie make an appearance! watch video
Verrazano was the favored individual horse in the final of three Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools, but the field entry emerged as the overall pick once again for this year's Run for the Roses.
Unbeaten Verrazano (#20), impressive in three dominant victories since he launched his racing career on New Year's Day, is a solid morning line choice to emerge as the overall betting favorite in the final KDFW.
Baffert's Flashback, Power Broker and Tiz the Truth also work for upcoming preps
Verrazano, impressive winner of the March 9 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II), leaps from fourth position a week ago to top this week's NTRA's weekly 3-Year-Old poll. Game On Dude is a solid No. 1 in the national poll.
Did Verrazano replace Itsmyluckyday at number one and did a haunting arrive on Steve's Derby Dozen this week? Read to find out! watch video
Orb is a modern representative of a long and happy association between the Janneys and the Phipps family.
Check Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen to see how Vyjack's performance shifted the list! read blog
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