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Kentucky Derby sees Rosario on hot streak aboard Orb
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Joel Rosario is going so good these days that even when he finishes second, he wins.
Rosario was aboard Overwhelming on Monday morning when that 3-year-old maiden served as a workmate for Orb in that colt’s final timed drill at Churchill Downs in preparation for Saturday’s $2 million Kentucky Derby.
Orb, under exercise rider Jenn Patterson, blew past Overwhelming with incredible ease in midstretch of the half-mile work, and Rosario could only smile as Orb continued to get further and further away from him while galloping out.
“I was watching to see him and what he did,” Rosario said of Orb, his mount in the Kentucky Derby. “He really moved well. I think he worked very well. I didn’t know if I was going slow or if he was going fast.”
Orb went four furlongs in 47.89 seconds, fast enough – and more importantly easy enough – to make some believe he will be the favorite come Saturday.
After riding him in his first five starts – two of which were victories – Rosario was not on Orb for his victories in the Fountain of Youth and Florida Derby. John Velazquez rode Orb in those two races, but Velazquez is committed to Verrazano in the Derby.
Rosario called himself “really happy” that trainer Shug McGaughey and the colt’s owners gave him the opportunity to ride Orb again. Rosario, who is 0 for 3 in the Derby, said, “I never thought he was going to be one of the favorites for the Derby.”
Orb has done nothing but thrive since coming to Kentucky, similar to Rosario himself.
Any horse Rosario rides these days has to be given extra consideration by bettors. The 28-year-old native of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic has been on a tear the last 10 days. Since April 18, Rosario has ridden 23 winners from 56 mounts. That includes two five-win days and two four-win days.
Rosario won the Keeneland riding title with a spring meet record 38 victories and began the Churchill meet Saturday night with five wins from seven mounts. This, after he won the $10 million Dubai World Cup aboard Animal Kingdom on March 30.
“I feel like everything is going good, it’s moving forward,” Rosario said. “Every day, every race I ride, I’ve been given the chance to ride better horses in the race. That makes it easy.”
McGaughey, who is also seeking his first Kentucky Derby victory, said he is very happy to have Rosario back on the horse.
“His confidence level has got to be through the roof and my confidence level in him is through the roof,” McGaughey said. “He’s a young, energetic rider trying to get accomplished what these guys want to get accomplished.”
Looks like that move from the west coast to the east, was a smart one.
Normandy Invasion has won only once, I'm glad Orb will now be the favorite over Verrazano, and I think WTC is now on the downside heading in to the Derby. Only 20% chance of rain for 5-4-13
Anyone know the status of the British horse? Think he might like the mud?
Shug, looking real good this year with a real nice colt. Orb.
I misquoted myself below in regard to "MUD HORSES" should it turn out that way on Derby Day. Here is a list of mudders, based on breeding that you can take to the bank as I see them. Orb- top bottom and inbred for mud MyLute- Mr Prospector/Dr Fager/In Reality all in lineage Lines Of Battle- Dr Fager/In Reality Palace-Robero/InReality/Relaunch Verrazzano-Dr Fager Oxbow-In Reality IF IT COMES UP REAL WET OR MUDDY an exacta of the top 3 wouldn't be the dumbest thing you eber did. If it comes up sloppy, ORB is my huge play.
Well people no one is talking about javas star.......will fly and catch them where it matters most......the wire......go make some money guys.....
A good rider yes!! But no Pat Day!
i picked up on joel r. riding at golden gate then a players dream he goes to southern cal. and lights up the board when he rides,leaves s.cal. few spot rides and does good wherever he goes then to n.y. does good there then fla. and a quick show up at dubai. i hope he stays on the east coast, and i think he will. to me he is the new jerry bailey'.
Anyone think NI could handle an off track?
After Goldencents ran 2nd to Shanghai Bobby, I told my buddy, this horse is going to be an excellent sprinter or miler ! In the Santa Anita Derby, when he didnt make the lead I felt good my bet was safe from Goldencents, but.........................on the backside I said to myself, "who is that horse galloping so easy " ?..............it was Goldencents and when Kevin Krigger pressed the button, this horse exploded ! I THINK, being one of us so called "experts," this horse can get a jump on alot of horses into the long stretch, its the last 110 yards that Ill be holding my breath as I can see a wall of horse's closing on the outside ! Im thinking, for safety sake, Im going to wheel Midnight Lucky on Friday to ALL in the Derby, hope for another Mine the Bird ! Good Luck all and safe racing !
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