Updated on 02/26/2013 10:43AM

Gulfstream Park: Orb capitalizes on fast pace to outrun Violence in Fountain of Youth

Tom Keyser
Orb and jockey John Velazquez rally by Violence in the stretch of the Fountain of Youth Stakes.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. -  Trainer Shug McGaughey should have been rubbing his hands in delight after they posted a 45.45-second opening half-mile split for Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. But at the time, the Hall of Fame trainer was otherwise occupied.

“I was watching the race on TV and I couldn’t find him,” said McGaughey, referring to his stretch-running Orb. “But when he came into the picture I said to myself if they slow down, he’s going to get them.”

[ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY: Prep races, point standings, replays]

And sure enough Orb did, rallying off the extremely fast pace to run down and then outfinish the 3-5 favorite Violence by a half-length to win the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth and earn himself 50 valuable qualifying points for the 2013 Kentucky Derby. It was another 6 3/4 lengths farther back to third-place finisher Speak Logistics.

Orb, a son of Malibu Moon owned by Stuart Janney III and the Phipps Stable, entered the Fountain of Youth off two consecutive victories, including a one-length allowance win going 1 1/8 miles here last month.

As expected, Majestic Hussar sprinted right to the lead, cutting out suicidal splits of 23.11, 45.45, and a blistering 1:08.85 for the opening six furlongs. Violence was taken several lengths back off the leader by jockey Javier Castellano once settling down the backstretch before launching his bid on the second turn to engage the tiring leader nearing the quarter pole.

Orb finally came into the picture, much to McGaughey’s delight, as the field left the backstretch and continued to advance steadily while kept four wide on the final bend by jockey John Velazquez. Orb eventually overtook Violence in late stretch before hanging on determinedly to maintain a narrow advantage to the wire.

Speak Logistics rallied mildly to best the tiring Majestic Hussar by two lengths to be third. He was followed by He’s Had Enough, Cerro, Sr. Quisqueyano, Joshua’s Comprise, and Elmutahid.

Orb completed the distance in 1:42.24 and paid $12.80.

McGaughey said that the Todd Pletcher-trained Violence “kept going a bit when we came to him but at that point I still thought we had him. When he made the lead he did the same thing he did the last time in the allowance race, he kind of pulled himself up a little bit, but that’s just being young. The strides he’s made this winter are absolutely incredible to me.”

McGaughey said he was uncertain just what would be next for Orb.

“I’ll talk to Stuart Janney and the Phippses and see what they want to do and take it from there,” said McGaughey.

When asked about the Kentucky Derby, McGaughey quipped “Don’t worry about the Kentucky Derby yet.” He then added  “Actually I am worried about it. I’ve been worried about it since I started rubbing horses in 1971 or ‘72 .”





William Caple More than 1 year ago
Hated to see Violence off the Derby trail. Really thought he was going to be one of the top 2 or 3 contenders leading into May. I've checked on some sites, but have not heard any further on Violence's future. Hopefully he can rehab and get back to the track again at some point. derbydeals.com
John Pisiona More than 1 year ago
V moved a little? He was forced to by Cerro. V made every dance, tough break on the injury.
Robert Brown More than 1 year ago
Let's see Castanello moved to soon on the quick pace and two weeks ago Rosario moved too soon on a slow pace ---gee what is common about those 2 races each was beaten by a Shug horse --truth is Shug-- Phipps and Janney Stables have soon nice homebreds---and that's the truth ---add Data link Abaco among others
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
in my humble opinion the reasons these 3yos are so fragile are many but at the top of the list are how early they get prepared for the yearling sales.asking yearlings to train to run a sub 22 split before they ever step on a track or get sent to their future trainer is asking for trouble later on.then there's the fact that everybody is inbreeding to Mr prospector Northern dancer and Seattle slew line horses.breeding for speed only and not durability at all gets you disposable speedballs that last 5 or 6 races.and last but not least overmedication.by having horses run on Lasix and painkillers and steroids and other things we allow these animals to overextend themselves and race when they should be resting.the old rule of only breeding to horses that had at least 25 starts should be applied by top breeders and exeptions made only when a sire is so exceptional that his offspring have proved themselves fast and durable.many of the best outcross blood lines are disappearing completely and today can only be found in obscure racing countrys like Croatia.even in brasil and argentina breeders are inundating once great blood with Mr prospector through some of his 2nd and 3rd rate sons.some French stallions still carry the blood of tourbillon, alledged,sicambre,monsun,fortino,klarion and many others.but elsewhere they are all gone.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
I won't argue that these young horses are asked to do too much too soon, and pushing them too hard to run too fast. That is a problem of two year olds in training sales. But, yearlings do not train and run any time let alone a sub 22. There is no such thing as yearlings in training sales. Just letting you know. Check your research, I've been in the breeding business.
Bruce Baudoux More than 1 year ago
I'm sure if Johnny V felt him taking any bad steps he would have reported it to the appropriate handlers. I agree he looks to be dragging his right rear hoof but I have seen other horses do quirky things like that many times before. Hopefully it is nothing and he continues on the road for the connections.
gallopingtom More than 1 year ago
JV rode Orb
Bruce Baudoux More than 1 year ago
that's who were where talking about, on his way back to the winners circle he appears to drah his right rear hoof a couple times, no big deal
Gary Peacock More than 1 year ago
Wha road is that?
Bruce Baudoux More than 1 year ago
The road to Louisville
Patrick Ormond More than 1 year ago
It's right at the 4:01 mark on the replay above. Please tell me I'm wrong!!
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
ok, ur wrong.
Patrick Ormond More than 1 year ago
After watching the return gallop of the winner Orb 3 times he takes a bad step with his right rear hoo, I hope it's nothing, but he toes his next few strides off the hoof. I hope Shug sees this.
Joel Winicki More than 1 year ago
A la Charlie Wittingham......the greatest of all time!
Joel Winicki More than 1 year ago
In response to Thomas Cook's Shug comment......
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Ya have to route for a man like Shug. No bad press for the game. No drug overages or abuse. Old school patient type. And treats everyone with respect. He deserves his shot at The Crown
Alex More than 1 year ago
**applause** great comment!!
raymond More than 1 year ago
Violence is out of the running for the Kentucky Derby.
Mark More than 1 year ago
And 5 haters for actually thumbs up for the horse getting injured. Unreal!
Gary Peacock More than 1 year ago
Karma. Hater's named him.