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Kentucky Derby: Orb gets familiar with Churchill starting gate
By Mike Welsch
Trainer Shug McGaughey altered Florida Derby winner Orb’s training schedule on Friday, sending him out during the Derby/Oaks training session at Churchill Downs instead of at 6 a.m. as he had the previous two days. Part of the reason for the switch was to give Orb an opportunity to visit the starting gate in the midst of his 1 1/2-mile gallop.
“The only reason I took him is because he’s at a new place and the gate is positioned where it will be for the Derby or close to it,” said McGaughey. “He was perfect there. They put him in twice, the first time with a little encouragement, the second time they pulled him out and put him back in and he was fine. I won’t need to bring him back there again. I’ll just stick with what I’ve got. I’m just trying to get some of the little stuff behind me before it really starts getting busier next week. To tell the truth, I couldn’t be any more happy with the way things have gone here so far.”
When does Saratoga open???????????????????
Big fan of SHUG! If he's excited, then as a bettor you HAVE to use this horse, top to bottom in all your wagers! The drinks are on me Shug! Oh ya you don't drink any more! Good luck to a great horseman.
People really think Itsmyluckday won't get rundown, first he'll have pace pressure from Falling Sky and Goldencents and maybe 1 or 2 others... I don't see Itsmyluckyday having enough................
1.) I don't think VyJack gets 1 1/4 miles and 2.) Verrazano may not go off as the favorite.
i can see orb and vyjack running to wire and shug with a smile as the photo comes down with orb a winner by a nose.
i can see orb and vyjack racing to the wire and shug with a big smile on his face
There is not a more deserving horseman than Shug. Orb is not only a serious Derby contender but with his base and stamina he could "fingers crossed " do what hasn't been done since 1978. Love the colt. Respect the trainers ways...pray for the best of luck for em both. The rest to me are just clogging up the stretch for this colt.
Shug deserves this Derby and Orb will be wearing the silks of Racings Royal Family. Of course, I may be biased, as the beloved and best ever, Ruffian, wore those silks, and it will indeed be a moment to see that cherry red and white colors go postward on that day. I like that Shug is working him a mile and a half too; will make the Derby a running piece of cake, but with that race, who knows, it will prob. be a 50-1 field longshot again! I personally would love to see the Derby made for 4 year olds, when horses are starting to get their best as opposed to burning most of the 3 year olds out by Preakness day.. Go ORB!
Sorry shug,but Itsmyluckyday will turn the tables on you in the Kentucky Derby and win easily ...
Good to hear, now just hopeful for a clean trip and will be rooting for Shug to get his Derby
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