05/04/2013 8:54PM

Kentucky Derby: Orb delivers for Phipps, Janney

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Tom Keyser
Ogden Mills Phipps (left) and his cousin Stuart Janney III (center) are partners in the ownership of Orb.

Sitting in the interview room at Churchill Downs on Saturday evening, Ogden Mills "Dinny" Phipps averted his gaze to watch a nearby replay of the 139th Kentucky Derby over and over. Each time, the result was the same—Orb, the homebred colt he owns in partnership with his cousin, Stuart S. Janney III, splashing home in the mud to overpower a strong field of 3-year-olds in America's most famed race.

The replay wasn't getting old, though.

"I've enjoyed every one of them," Phipps said, chuckling.

Orb delivered one of Thoroughbred racing's most prominent families the Kentucky Derby victory that had been missing from its résumé, as the Malibu Moon colt became the seventh homebred to win the race in the last 11 years.

"I think it's terrific, absolutely wonderful," Phipps said. "It's really the culmination of horse racing, and I am thrilled to be here today."

Phipps, 72, said he began attending races at Churchill Downs when his grandmother Gladys Mills Phipps was campaigning classic winner and eventual leading sire Bold Ruler in 1957. Gladys's son, Ogden Phipps—Ogden Mills Phipps's father—followed her into the game and bred nine champions, including Buckpasser, 1989 Belmont Stakes winner Easy Goer, and the unbeaten Personal Ensign. Following in those footsteps, Phipps has bred and owned five champions, including Rhythm, Inside Information, and Storm Flag Flying, a granddaughter of Personal Ensign.

Like Phipps, his cousin Janney followed his parents, who were best known for breeding and racing the brilliant but ill-fated champion Ruffian, into the sport. However, following the deaths of Stuart Jr., and Barbara Janney, their son considered stepping back from the industry. It was his uncle, Ogden Phipps, who convinced the younger Janney to remain involved with the sport, agreeing to partner with him on his horses. After Ogden Phipps died in 2002, his son, Ogden Mills, continued to campaign horses in partnership with his cousin.

"This horse's bloodline goes back to our grandmother," Janney said. "And Dinny's father was very instrumental in getting me to take over my parents' horses 20-some years ago. And so I just couldn't be more delighted that we're doing this together."

Both Phipps and Janney secured the Kentucky Derby victory that had eluded their parents. Ogden Phipps started three horses in the Kentucky Derby with a pair of runner-up finishes, including one by eventual champion Easy Goer in 1989 (that same year, Dinny Phipps sent out Awe Inspiring to finish third). Janney's parents, racing as Locust Hill Farm, finished ninth in the 1988 Derby with Private Terms.

Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey, who also won his first Kentucky Derby, has been the longtime trainer for the Phipps and Janney families. He said being able to share the victory with that partnership was sweet.

"It is a huge thrill," McGaughey said. "I mean, the Phippses and Janneys have been my whole life for 20-some years now, and have really kind of given me everything I've got. I'm so appreciative to them. I'm extremely proud to be able to work with people such as this.

“To bring a day like today into all our lives is just a huge, huge thrill for me,” he added. “All I can do is just say, 'thanks' for the opportunity."

Tex Renegade More than 1 year ago
Chalk one up for the good guys of racing. Nobody deserves a Derby win more than Shug!
mikey More than 1 year ago
This is the last of true racing operations.They built racing only to have today's dirtbags tear it apart.Hope ORB and SHUG and the owners go all the way.Old school may be down but not out.How many trainers would have scratched Point of entry from such a big race other than SHUG.RUDY AND DUTROW,NESS AND OTHERS OPEN YOUR EYES.
Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
its going to be funny as all hell when little Andy the Gov. of NY has to hand over the Belmont trophy to mr. phipp's whose ouster from NYRA was a direct result of little andy....
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
Lawrence, Dinny had to go, he did nothing but collect a check. He had a "birth rite" job and was bad at it. He ran NYRA as his private toy. He really hurt NYRA in the long run.
jttf More than 1 year ago
good to see shug win the derby. this is another top operation that had much more success before lasix came.
cynthia hannen More than 1 year ago
Orb and his connections deserved to win Congrats. Orb has a good chance to win the triple crown with AP Indy and Unbridled as his Grand Dads. I also was very happy to see Shug win his first derby. Unbridled was my moms favorite racehorse I am sure she is looking down fondly and cheering Orb on to win the triple crown.
Luca Brazi More than 1 year ago
Great point on the pedigree Cynthia.
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
ORB is a true champion and his Florida Derby score pointed him out. Congrats to Shug!!!
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
LISTEN UP ALL YOU TV ANALYSTS: My system proved itself correct again saturday! I made a large Win & Place bet on ORB, and a $1 Tri Wheel w/ORB 1st and Revolutionary 2nd & 3rd with the field! I posted this play several times leading up to The Derby! I do not believe in playing Pick-4's, period! When you hit a score like I did saturday everything is alright!!! Play win & place and bet small tri wheel bets...
Bryan E More than 1 year ago
Did your system have the trifecta when Animal Kingdom a or Mine that Bird won? Or last year? Just curious. I hit the tri and super this year with a similar bet but I would be really hesitant to announce my success to everyone as infallible. Especially in a year like this year where you keyed the favorite over the 2nd choice with everyone in the race. That system would cost you a lot of money over time. If Golden Soul had encountered trouble and Normandy Invasion had completed the trifecta, you would have been less inclined to brag with that payout I would bet.
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
Gerald, if you knew how to bet, you'd have had the super. Correct money allocation would have been tri wheel with ORB first and REvolutionary second, then super with him third. Just saying
William More than 1 year ago
Admirable words of Mr.McGaughey to The Phippses and Janneys ,we really have a truly champion himself!!!!! A gentleman .
Eric Von Zipper More than 1 year ago
I'd like to congratulate both Phipps and Janney on their victory.They have provided racing fans with incalcuable thrills and pleasures over the years for the money they've spent. I wish them further good luck.Without them we'd be left with racing run by gypies, tramps, and theives. Renpher Stable comesimmediately to mind. As far
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
Van, did you ever see Dinny speak to the public as NYRA leader? Answer is no, at least Barry would speak to the betting public. All the poor management and horrid customer service, was Dinny's fault. Not by design, but by simply not knowing or carring. Ahh the young fools . . . Dinny treated NYRA as his own, not from a "make it better" stand point, but from a "I don't have to answer to anyone" stand point. That's his failure.