09/13/2013 9:30AM

Belmont Park: Castellano to ride Orb in Jockey Club Gold Cup

Tom Keyser
Javier Castellano (above) will replace the injured Jose Lezcano aboard Orb.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Javier Castellano will ride Kentucky Derby winner Orb in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on Sept. 28, trainer Shug McGaughey said Friday.

Castellano replaces Jose Lezcano who rode Orb to a third-place finish in the Travers, but who was subsequently injured and is uncertain to be back in time for the Gold Cup. Lezcano replaced Joel Rosario, who suffered a broken foot the day before the Travers and who is not expected back until the first week of October.

"They've been wanting to ride him since last winter," McGaughey said of Castellano, who is represented by agent Matt Muzikar. "I felt very comfortable with that decision. Jose Lezcano rode him great, but he's hurt."

John Velazquez rode Orb to victories in the Fountain of Youth and Florida Derby, but is committed to ride Cross Traffic in the Gold Cup.

Orb is scheduled to breeze at Fair Hill on Saturday.

Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Orb has no luck keeping a steady jock. Best to the KD winner and jC for the win in the Gold Cup!
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
Trust SHUG we will see the real ORB sept.28 looked like he needed the Travers and now SHUG gets to rub on him. No Excuses
Adam DeSantis More than 1 year ago
I think Orb needs a well deserved break...he hasn't shown that late turn of foot since his Derby victory...but what are the chances he comes back for a 4 year old season...we all know where the money lies.
Starr D More than 1 year ago
What do you mean....Orb just had a break....?
B More than 1 year ago
Dislike all of these jockey changes on Orb. No one's fault, but such bad luck. No jock is really getting a feel of what it takes. Can't really see him winning this unless Cross Traffic & Ft. Larned among others cook themselves and Flat Out doesn't run his race. Wouldn't mind being wrong though.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
kc m More than 1 year ago
orb's looking strong--returned to the work tab on 9/4, 4 in 48.80, and went 5f in 1:01, out in 1:14 today. jumped back into action straight into a grade 1, 10f race off a two month lay off, and only lost by 3/4 a length, and it didn't take anything out of him. but he and every horse in the JCGC is up against it, since flat out is a belmont freak.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good choice.Orb is a class horse and will prove much to handle here coming off race in which he was not race fit.Dangerous in JC.
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
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edb More than 1 year ago
Where have all the 3 yr olds gone? Pletcher alone has a ton of missing horses. I know Derby was skewed by muddy track but Preakness and Belmont were not what I would call classics. Right now you have a 4 way tie for best 3 yr old male ( not counting Verrazano) and I think Orb will be ready for big effort. FL still not in form and needs race. CT runs sideways the last 16th is not a good sign. And of course it's Belmont and so it's Flat Out"s forte. Will be one of the year's best races.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Now I am a big fan of Orb. First time racing with his elders. I think the only way he gets it done in this JCGC is if a very fast hot pace falls apart with Orb picking up the pieces.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Fort larned and crosstraffic, 47.00 at least has shot, until somebody beat flat out, flat out my first choice
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Its Flat Out's race. Pace will only benefit him as well. But if any can beat him, Orb will be primed second race back from Belmont layoff.
Fred Colon More than 1 year ago
The horse surprised me in the Travers as he ran better than I thought he would. I thought he was finished and kept me from winning the super. He may be back although any race beyond 1 1/8 I would have to question.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
No shot. He won't hit the board and this will be probably his worst race of the year.
jay More than 1 year ago
Probably the last race of his career.
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Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
But I know racing and a racehorse when I see one. ORB has "too" much talent "to" be retired. That's not how Shug, Mr Janney or Phipps family operate. They love the sport. Unlike some who want a quick return and quick breeding value, they want longevity. They understand THAT'S WHAT AMERICAN BREEDING LACKS. Along with knowledgeable fans. Learn horses and learn how class outfits are handled. Maybe I'm a bit arrogant but I'm definately no idiot.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Sorry Jay, Thomas is right on the money here.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Lawrence... I wish you would sit in my kitchen with a handful of cash n say that.
Mark More than 1 year ago
He s been correct last 3 . JCGC will be #4 .