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Belmont Park: Castellano to ride Orb in Jockey Club Gold Cup
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.
Orb has no luck keeping a steady jock. Best to the KD winner and jC for the win in the Gold Cup!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is shaping up to be the best 3 and up Race of the year so far
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.
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.
No shot. He won't hit the board and this will be probably his worst race of the year.
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