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Orb's Powerful Pedigree in Preakness 2013

Updated on May 16, 2013
Rachel Alexandra (right, above), a filly, won the Preakness Stakes in 2009.
Rachel Alexandra (right, above), a filly, won the Preakness Stakes in 2009. | Source

Can Orb Win the Second Jewel of the American Triple Crown?

Trainer Shug McGaughey told interviewers he wasn't concerned at the No. 1 Post draw for Orb, his Kentucky Derby winner, as he prepares the colt for the Preakness Stakes, second jewel in the American Thoroughbred racing Triple Crown series, which is scheduled at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore Maryland on May 18, 2013.

Orb burst out of the Kentucky Derby gate on May 4 with jockey Joel Rosario quickly snapping him over toward the left side of the pack, behind the trailers, from the No. 16 Post. It was a poor start for the talented son of Malibu Moon and grandson of A. P. Indy. Rosario's astute ride early on saved his mount for a tremendous rush in the lane, where Orb overcame the leaders and won going away by 2-1/2 lengths.

Orb won the Derby for McGaughey, presenting the Hall of Fame trainer with his first Run for the Roses victory, and owners Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable, as the race's co-favorite. The Derby victory was Orb's fifth straight win. He out-raced co-favorite Verrazano, who came to the Derby unbeaten in four trips to the starting gate.

Citation, above, won the Preakness Stakes by 5-1/2 lengths in his 1948 Triple Crown season. The Preakness record for margin of victory, however, is held by 2004's Smarty Jones -- 11-1/2 lengths.
Citation, above, won the Preakness Stakes by 5-1/2 lengths in his 1948 Triple Crown season. The Preakness record for margin of victory, however, is held by 2004's Smarty Jones -- 11-1/2 lengths. | Source

Orb's Winning Ancestors

A. P. Indy, recently pensioned from a long, successful stud career, was voted Horse of the Year for 1992, the year he won the Breeders' Cup Classic with jockey Eddie Delahoussaye. Indy is a son of 1977 Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year, Seattle Slew. With Mr. Prospector mares, Indy formerly ruled North American sire championships.

Also in Orb's sire family is Secretariat, 1973 Triple Crown winner. Secretariat paired with Lassie Dear to produce Weekend Surprise, Seattle Slew mate who foaled A. P. Indy. Mr. Prospector and Maximova produced Macoumba, A. P. Indy's mare who produced Malibu Moon.

On Orb's maternal side, dam Lady Liberty is out of Mesabi Maiden, who paired with Unbridled, a grandson of Mr. Prospector. Mesabi Maiden traces from the great racer and Hall of Famer Damascus, sired by Sword Dancer.

Sword Dancer raced to Horse of the Year in 1959 when he won the Belmont Stakes, third jewel of the American Triple Crown, and is ranked No. 53 on the Top 100 Racehorses of the 20th Century list, a definitive book published in 1999 by Blood-Horse Publications.

Preakness 2013 Post Positions

Kentucky Derby victor Orb will lead off the Preakness Stakes from the No. 1 Post Position. The following posts make up the rest of the nine-horse field:

  • No. 2 -- Goldencents, 17th in the Derby; jockey Kevin Krigger; trainer Doug O'Neill
  • No. 3 -- Titletown Five, new shooter ridden by Julien Leparoux; trainer D. Wayne Lukas
  • No. 4 -- Departing, new shooter ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr.; trainer Al Stall Jr.
  • No. 5 -- Mylute, 5th in the Derby; jockey Rosie Napravnik; trainer Tom Amoss
  • No. 6 -- Oxbow, 6th in the Derby; jockey Gary Stevens; trainer D. Wayne Lukas
  • No. 7 -- Will Take Charge, 8th in the Derby; jockey Mike Smith; trainer D. Wayne Lukas
  • No. 8 -- Govenor Charlie, new shooter ridden by Martin Garcia; trainer Bob Baffert
  • No. 9 -- Itsmyluckyday, 15th in the Derby; jockey John Velazquez; trainer Eddie Plesa Jr.

Harry Payne Whitney owned Regret, first filly to win the Kentucky Derby (1915).
Harry Payne Whitney owned Regret, first filly to win the Kentucky Derby (1915). | Source

Preakness 2013 Notations

The 2013 Preakness Stakes will have the same triple notation as the Kentucky Derby. Gary Stevens, riding as one of the oldest active jockeys, once again will pilot Oxbow; Rosie Napravnik, the only female jockey in the field, repeats on Mylute; and Kevin Krigger, the only black jockey to ride Thoroughbreds in the Triple Crown since the turn of the 20th Century, saddles up for the second time in the 2013 Triple Crown races on Goldencents.

Rosario, who is the 2013 season's jockey on fire, is the leading rider at Keeneland and mounts Orb in the Preakness Stakes in hopes of winning a second straight Triple Crown race. Last March, Rosario won the Dubai World Cup on 2011 Kentucky Derby champion Animal Kingdom. The Dubai World Cup is the richest prize in the world in Thoroughbred racing. Two weeks ago, when Rosario won the Derby with Orb, he became just the second jockey in racing history to win the Dubai World Cup and the Kentucky Derby in the same season. Jerry Bailey won the two races in 1996.

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      4 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @jericho911... Hey, now, in how many seasons did that "old" Stevens guy win the Preakness Stakes, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, the Breeders' Cup Distaff and the Breeders' Cup Classic in the same year?

      He just did it in 2013, his comeback year! Oxbow and She's a Tiger and Beholder and Mucho Macho Man, respectively. Okay, I know She's a Tiger was disqualified for a bump in the lane, but you see what I'm saying!

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @jericho911...Thank you for participating in this Hub, and your compliments!

      I disagree with you on Orb's Kentucky Derby run. Clean trip, or no, he focused on business in the lane! His jockey was responsible for great positioning in the race. In the Preakness, Orb got jammed, and he obviously wasn't enjoying his day. Never count out the old riding pro, Gary Stevens, a Hall of Famer connected to D. Wayne Lukas, now the winningest of trainers in the Triple Crown racers. These days, Lukas doesn't run a horse in the TC without pronouncing him fit for a chance at victory.

      Oxbow won't win the Belmont going coast to coast like he did the Preakness, but I give Stevens, who is having a great comeback year at age 50, a chance to get Oxbow where he needs to be in the race. Orb is still a factor if Rosario can rate him where he wants him. We'll see if he has the stamina for another lane drive. Both have good post positions, seven and five, respectively.

      Revolutionary is due, and Incognito could surprise.

      Racing horses is never more than a horse race on any given day!

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      Kenneth Claude 

      5 years ago from Parts Unknown

      I knew that Orb wouldn't win the Preakness. I posted that on several hubs across the net. His trip in the Kentucky Derby was extremely overrated. He was the only horse in the race that got a clean trip. There was literally a 10-horse logjam in the middle of the final turn that took out all the closers. The biggest shocker was when Oxbow won the Preakness. He hadn't been much of a challenge to any of the top horses and Stevens is well past his better days. I don't have my pick for the Belmont just yet, but it won't be either of those two. Love your articles, Barb !

    • Barbsbitsnpieces profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @aviannovice...Thanks for stopping by with those thoughts and compliment on this Hub!

      You know, racehorses are very individual, and they certainly don't always come through when it's expected of them. When Gary Stevens worked Oxbow on the Monday before the race, he thought he had a winner. And he ran a savvy race. On the other hand, Orb found himself in the middle of the pack, an unfamiliar spot for him, and his jockey knew Orb wasn't happy. An unhappy horse doesn't relax and rarely brings home the bacon. Just not his day. Too bad. Another year of no new Triple Crown winner!

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Too bad Oxbow won...You did a wonderful article, and by all rights, Orb should have done it with that fantastic lineage behind him.

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      Got a pick for the 2013 Preakness Stakes?? Vote here!!

    • Barbsbitsnpieces profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      Vote for your 2013 Preakness Stakes favorite!!

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 

      5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      Will our Kentucky Derby Winner, Orb, repeat in the Preakness Stakes?

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