05/01/2013 2:55PM

Kentucky Derby: Orb spooked while schooling at Churchill Downs

Barbara D. Livingston
Orb gets riled up Wednesday afternoon at Churchill Downs after the noise of a lift starting up scared him.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Orb, the morning-line favorite for the Kentucky Derby, became spooked in the paddock while schooling before Wednesday’s first race at Churchill Downs, and though he repeatedly kicked the back of his stall, he did not dislodge any of his shoes and was walking fine minutes later.

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The incident occurred because a lift being used to hang banners on a signpost adjacent to the paddock was fired up just as the horses for the first race as well as the schooling Orb were about to settle into their stalls. The sound of the motor startled a horse who was in the first race, and he reared up and fell over near the stall where Orb was schooling.

Several onlookers repeatedly tried to get the lift operator to shut off the motor, but he did not hear them until others ran to the lift and told him to shut it down.

Orb continued to kick the back of his stall, but both exercise rider Jenn Patterson and assistant trainer Robbie Medina had a hold of lead shanks on either side of him, and he settled down after a few minutes.

When Orb was taken out to walk minutes later, he walked fine, and gradually became becalmed.

Forego137 More than 1 year ago
Can anyone say PINK SLIP...................
Lara Martin More than 1 year ago
Somebody is gonna get FIAHHHHED!
FMeatball More than 1 year ago
....and to make matters worse the lift operator was probably an Illegal..." Me No Understand English "
Vinod Jhangimal More than 1 year ago
Troll...this isn't Fox News. Take it outside.
Roberta Dunn More than 1 year ago
The game doesn't need racist, idiot windbags giving it a bad name.
Nancy More than 1 year ago
Orb will hear even louder noise as he steps onto the track Saturday afternoon. Maybe a good thing he was "schooled."
Ted More than 1 year ago
Monster is about to kick the paddock down. I can't wait til they turn him loose Saturday!
Christian Gannon More than 1 year ago
Always wise in this race to hold your bets until after the post parade. That will be a telling milestone for each. Orb runs from the back so keeping him calm will match his style. If he gets worked up or runs out at the start, hope you have other tickets....
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
When Horses start kicking the hell out of the stalls its never ever a good thing...Just hope like hell he's OK...They won't really know until today...This guys boss needs to catch hell for sending him to the paddock in the first place...Not one lick of Common Sense but then again Common Sense is in short supply on this planet...ty...
Margaret Cowan More than 1 year ago
Honestly, it just makes you wonder. Does anyone ever think anymore..
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
I heard an interview with Orb's exercise rider/asst trainer. She said the noise spooked them all in the paddock. It was supposed to be "quiet" time. All was well as soon as the noise stopped. It wouldn't be mentioned if Orb wasn't in that paddock.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A few years ago at Monmouth Park Budweiser paraded their Clydesdales down the stretch between races, albeit not stakes races but talk about spooking and intimidating the next race's horses. 40-1 over 26-1 for a $3200 exacta.