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Preakness 2013 - Orb Arrives at Pimlico, Shug Feels Less-Stressed

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The accolades that come with being the newest Kentucky Derby winning trainer is often accompanied by more stress. Claude “Shug” McGaughey III was feeling the pressure to keep his 3-year-old star, Orb, “safe and sound” in the days leading up to Preakness 2013
 
Well, after Orb’s breezed 4 furlongs in 47 1/5 seconds over a fast Belmont dirt surface, that big gust of wind from the north was Shug exhaling in relief.  
 
In an interview shortly after that workout, the trainer used phrases like, “I’m on Cloud 9”, “sent chills up my spine” and “I thought it was breathtaking” in describing what he had just witnessed from his Kentucky Derby winner. 
 
Approximately 9 hours after uttering such thoughts, I caught up with Shug shortly after Orb arrived at Pimlico Race Course. 

 
 
With the likes of Goldencents, Itsmyluckyday, Oxbow and Governor Charlie in the Preakness field, it seems likely that Shug will get that perfect scenario, a brisk early pace for Orb to run down the front runners in the stretch at Old Hilltop. 
 
If Orb can capture the second jewel of racings’ Triple Crown, then it’ll be back home to New York and the entire sports world will be asking once again, “Is THIS the year the Triple Crown drought ends?!” 

 

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Older Comments about Preakness 2013 - Orb Arrives at Pimlico, Shug Feels Less-Stressed...

Nice job, Gary. Really cool to see HRN get real time, behind the scenes access to the sport's biggest events.
un gran caballo orb.. extraordinario.. bien preparado.. pero le va a costar llegar 1milla 1/8... es mucho metraje..sobre todo para el ritmo que imponen algunos...muy favorito pero va a ser muy dificil.. mi opinion malibu moon..es un caballo de 1 milla 1 milla 2 furlons.. maximo.. "mucha sangre mr. prospector"..y hoy el ritmo no es lento.. llegará axfisiado..si gana ó no ya lo veremos. congratulation.. florida & kentucky.. "buena suerte"pienso va a ser muy dificil.. si estoy yo de trainer no me ganas.
Nice interview, Gary, see you at Pimlico on Friday morning.
The advertising peaked my interest. Nice interview.
Did great to catch Shug at the barn and talk about Orb, Easy Goer, such a great trainer and owners.
Jockey World Radio had Gary Quill as a guest today, the 'Man About Town' gets around!! Great interview Gary!
Great interview! Shug does seem calm! And confident!
Nice get >> Orb just keeps getting better.
Great interview ... well done, Gary!

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                Meet Gary Quill

  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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here are thousands of rail-birds who claim to be great handicappers. Well, I don’t claim to be the best… just the most passionate and one that won’t tout “chalk”. Like a savvy stock broker, I look for value and often find it. Unlike the talking heads on horse racing television networks and the dozens of websites featuring handicapper’s opinions, I’m ACCOUNTABLE. That is, good or bad, you’ll always know how my previously posted picks performed along with a running record of my BEST BET and LONGSHOT Play of the Day selections for Maryland tracks (Laurel and Pimlico) at TheRacingBiz, see "The GQ Approach".

   In addition to focusing on the Maryland thoroughbred racing circuit, each year I follow the Derby Trail and post “GQ’s Derby Double Dozen” in early February. 

   My personal mission is to rejuvenate interest in thoroughbred horse racing. Being able to share my energy, thoughts and opinions on this sport via HRN will certainly help the cause.










 

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