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Preakness 2013 - On a Scale of 1 to 10, Orb is an "11"

Jennifer Patterson

Jennifer Patterson, an assistant to trainer Shug McGaughey and personal exercise rider for Kentucky Derby winner Orb took time to share her thoughts on the 3-year-old son of Malibu Moon.

One thing for sure, Jenn would be a horrible poker player… or maybe a perfect one if you were at the same table. In a very candid interview, she was surprisingly relaxed while having to care for the most popular colt on the Pimlico grounds this week, if not in the entire world.

There is no doubt that the confidence level that she, and all who are associated with Orb, is sky high leading up to  Preakness 2013

One debate that has surfaced on social media is, “At what odds will Orb go off ?”  Well, this post hit the web prior to Wednesday’s Post Position Draw. But if I were Maryland Jockey Club’s oddsmaker Frank Carulli, Orb would be listed as the 6-5 Morning Line favorite. But if the bettors heed the words of Jenn Patterson, you’ll be lucky to get 4-5 on him. I’ll go on record with Orb being the 3-5 Post Time favorite. Drawing courtesy of Mel.


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remember this is a new race, made up of new pace pressures over a speed favoring track. FORGET the Derby.
If one recalls the Triple Crown winners, and a few that just missed: these race hardly took a thing out of them. THey were monsters eating holes in their feed tubs and almost kickly down the stalls between races. IF, for no other reason, the Derby winner IS showing many of the signs of those who did hit the triple or who just missed.
One thing about Orb that is occuring despite any numbers I or anyone else can create or evaluate him: He has improved by leaps and bounds, RIGHT at the RIGHT TIME and that is impossible to calculate.
If you or anyone else is going to tout horses, then accountability is everything. I don't see where that would even be open for debate. Nice interview. As for Orb, he adapts to the pace and surface so consistantly it's going to take something freaky for him to be beaten. Or a great performance by one of the others. He hasn't shown that much speed yet but he does enough to win, and that's what it's all about. With the addition by Lukas of Titletown Five and the presence of Goldencents, and Oxbow, who I don't think either can rate, there should be a very fast pace. I spent all morning watching Goldencents's prior races and I don't see an instance where he can rate. In the SA Derby it looks like he does rate sitting just off Super99 but I believe it was just a case of Super99 being faster for the mile. If GC can't rate he can't win. It seems to me, looking at this race Lukas is hoping to outkick Orb with his gigantic Will Take Charge and new jockey M. Smith.
Very cool! Great video Gary! Also love the cameo by Shug carrying the water buckets in the background - no rest for the Derby-winning trainer!
He seems to run whatever race he needs to. Post position not an issue for him. He's not dependent on what the other horses do. KY Derby, Fountain of Youth, and Florida Derby, as well as his allowance race....slow pace, no pace, fast pace....doesn't seem to matter with this horse. He has started from the rail position to the far outside position (KY Derby - post 16) and from the middle of the field. He's usually mid- to back of the pack for 3/4 of the race, and he makes his move on the back side nearing the turn and he just marches on regardless of who is close to him. He nearly always goes to the outside, which means he is packing plenty of reserves to get the job done. I don't think I have felt as confident about any horse's ability to do whatever it takes to win! He always runs his own race! No one dictates to this horse, and he has never gotten boxed in at the rail or had to fight for position. He makes his own "trip"....he's tough, he has the heart, and he sure has figured out how to win! GO ORB!! He will be carrying the hopes and dreams of millions who have been waiting for "the one"!
  • Ann Maree · sorry for the double post...happens when you have to log in in the midst of posting a comment...admin should delete one of these. · 924 days ago
It was great seeing an interview with one of the behind the scenes members of Orb's team.
Got to listen to Jenn on Jockey World Radio Monday night and to see her on video is my Daily Double, Great job by Maryland's own GQ
I just had a Spinal Tap flashback ... Another great interview, Gary!

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  I am the most passionate person on the planet when it comes to thoroughbred horse racing! One sunny summer day in 1964 at Timonium Race Track is where my Dad and mentor introduced me to “The Sport of Kings”. Since that day, I have had the pleasure to visit over 40 different tracks across North America. Though an IT professional by trade, I’ve had a part-time gig with the Maryland Jockey Club since 1988.

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