Orb - Pimlico
Orb - Pimlico

Orb at Pimlico Race Course

(Photo : Washington Post)

PREAKNESS STAKES (Grade 1)

Pimlico, Dirt, 9.5 Furlongs

18 May 2013

In the moments leading up to Wednesday’s Preakness post position draw at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Shug McGaughey - the trainer of Orb (Malibu Moon) - admitted to HRTV’s Zoe Cadman that, in an ideal world, he would get the eight hole for his GI Kentucky Derby hero.

The racing Gods, however, had other plans for Saturday’s likely favorite and the thriving bay was granted post one instead. On the morning line, the colt was installed the even-money choice in the nine-horse field. “There is nothing we can do about it,” said McGaughey. “It wasn’t the one I would have picked out, but it’s just a nine-horse field and it all evens itself out. Jockey Joel Rosario will know what to do.” he added. “He won the GII Fountain of Youth Stakes from the 1. His first race wasfrom the ‘1’ and he finished third in a very good race at Saratoga August 18.”

While McGaughey was, for the most part, accepting of drawing the rail, Orb’s regular exercise rider, Jenn Patterson, appeared much more concerned. “We’ll get her calmed down, she’ll be fine,” said McGaughey with a smile. “They always told me therail was the shortest way around, so maybe that’s what we’ll do.”

Listed as the third choice on the morning line at 6-1 is Departing (War Front), who drew post position four. The Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider home-bred won the April 20 GIII Illinois Derby in his latest start. “Everything’s fine,” said trainer Al Stall. “There are only nine horses, so the position isn’t that important. Orb isn’t going to go on with it, so he’s going to have to go around. Out of the nine numbers, the 1 is probably the one you want the least.”

PREAKNESS STAKES 138

Final Field

Draw

Horse

Sire

Trainer

Jockey

Odds

1

ORB

Malibu Moon

Claude McGaughey

Joey Rasario

Even

2

GOLDENCENTS

Into Mischief

Doug O’Neill

Kevin Krigger

8-1

3

TITLETOWN FIVE

Tiznow

D Wayne Lukas

Julien Leparoux

30-1

4

DEPARTING

War Front

Al Stall

Brian Hernandez

6-1

5

MYLUTE

Midnight Lute

Thomas Amoss

Rosie Napravnik

5-1

6

OXBOW

Awesome Again

D Wayne Lukas

Gary Stevens

15-1

7

WILL TAKE CHARGE

Unbridled’s Song

D Wayne Lukas

Mike Smith

12-1

8

GOVENOR CHARLIE

Midnight Lute

Bob Baffert

Martin Garcia

12-1

9

ITSMYLUCKYDAY

Lawyer Ron

Eddie Plesa

John Velazquez

10-1

Extracts from Thoroughbred Daily News

www.preakness.com

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