of Youth Stakes (G-2) at Gulfstream Park, Orb settled comfortably near the back of
the pack for jockey John Velazquez. Meanwhile, MAJESTIC
of strong fractions on the lead, taking the field through a half mile
in :45.45 and a half in 1:08.85. Turning for home, Magic Hussar
shortened stride and was immediately pounced on by VIOLENCE. The morning line favorite opened up on the field and appeared headed
for victory. But not so fast. Orb, flying four wide around the turn,
caught up to Violence in deep stretch and after encountering mild
resistance from Violence, Orb defeated his rival by ½ length.
Violence, making his first start since his December victory in the
CashCall Futurity, was 6 ¾ lengths clear of the third place finisher
This was the second concurrent year since 2004 that the Fountain of
Youth was contested at its traditional distance of 1 1/6 miles. Orb's
final time of 1:42.24 was a tick faster than last year's race time of
1:42.68, set by Union Rags. Sadly, Violence incurred a fractured
sesamoid in his right front ankle and is off of the
Triple Crown trail. Watch the race here
“Shug” McGaughey, III, Orb won his maiden last November by
two lengths over a nice field that included Withers Stakes (G-3)
victor Revolutionary. In his first start of the year, Orb came from
off of the pace at Gulfstream Park to win an 1 1/8 mile allowance
contest at Gulfstream Park. Orb has compiled a 6-3-0-1 ($321,050)
race record and earned 50 points on the Derby Points trail, second
only to Risen Star victor I've Struck A Nerve, who has 51 points.
and owned by Stuart
Janney, III, and Phipps
(Malibu Moon - Lady Liberty, by Unbridled) is a member of racing
royalty. Originally started in 1925 as Wheatley Stable, the patriarch
of the family, Ogden Phipps changed the racing entity's name to
Phipps Stables in the 1980's to continue the family name. The stable
has had a long, close relationship with Claiborne Farm and the
majority of their racing stock retire to Claiborne. Some of the
legends bred, raised and raced by the Phipps family include
Buckpasser, Belmont Stakes hero Easy Goer (trained by McGaughey), the
undefeated Personal Ensign, Inside Information and Storm Flag Flying.
The heroic Ruffian was also bred by this family.
MOON, a son of A.P. Indy out of the French Group 1 winner
Macoumba, was a very precocious youngster, which is rare for
offspring of A.P. Indy. The dark bay colt raced only twice. He
placed second in his debut in late April of his two year old season.
A month later he beat maidens going five furlongs on the dirt at
Hollywood Park. Unfortunately, Malibu Moon’s promising career was
cut short due to a slab fracture of his right knee.
Moon started his breeding career in Maryland at Country Life Farm
where he stood for $3,000. In his first crop, the well-bred stallion
sired ten blacktype runners and his daughter Moon Thistle won the
Russian Derby (Gr.1, 1 ½ miles, turf). The following year, along
came 2004 Champion Two Year Old Declan’s Moon and Grade 1 sprinter
Malibu Mint. Four years later, Malibu Moon moved to the big leagues
in Kentucky. To date, the stallion has sired one champion and 26
graded stakes winners and 66 stakes winners. His progeny win at all
distances and over all surfaces. Seven of his offspring have won at
1 ¼ miles or farther, including CCA Oaks winners Devil May Care and
Funny Moon, Personal Ensign Handicap heroine Ask The Moon, and
Delaware Handicap winner Life At Ten. All but one of Malibu Moon's
winners at 1 ¼ miles are fillies.
LIBERTY faced the starter 23 times. She was a late-developing
mare and didn't make it to the races until the spring of her three
year old season. After placing four times, Lady Liberty won her
maiden going 1 1/8 miles. The daughter of Unbridled was an
allowance class runner and went unplaced in eight stakes attempts.
After racing for three years, Lady Liberty finished her career with a
23-4-4-4 ($202,045) record.
young broodmare, Lady Liberty has produced four foals of racing age.
Three have raced and Orb is the first to gain stakes earnings. Lady
Liberty has a Dixie Union two year old, a War Front yearling and
produced a Flatter colt this year.
second dam Mesabi Maiden (by Cox's Ridge) won the 1 1/8 mile Black
Eyed Susan Stakes (G-2) over the good mare Cara Rafaela, who would
later foal Classic winner Bernardini. Mesabi Maiden also placed
third in the Astarita Stakes (G-2), Monmouth Oaks and Anne Arundel
Stakes, Both grade 3 events. None of Mesabi Maiden's offspring
earned blacktype and Orb is the first stakes winner in two
third dam Steel Maiden (by Damascus) won two listed races and was a
runner-up in the Black Eyed Susan. Going back a generation, Orb's
fourth dam Laughter (by Bold Ruler) was a half sister to one of the
best fillies of all time, Ruffian. Travers hero Coronado's Quest,
Wood Memorial winner and sire Private Terms and Air Support, a
multiple graded stakes turf winner are all descendants of this female
was the Champion Three Year Old of 1990 after victories in the
Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup Classic. He's one of the top sires
of his generation, but sadly, died at only 14 years of age after a
bout with colic. As a sire, Unbridled sired a Kentucky Derby,
Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner, plus three Champion fillies.
His legacy as a stallion lives on in Empire Maker and Unbridled's
Song, his best sons at stud. Broken Vow and Eddington are also
popular sons of Unbridled.
a broodmare sire, Unbridled's daughters have produced 57 stakes
winners, including Preakness hero Shackleford, the popular sire
Tapit, and Grade 1 winners Dream Rush and Lady Joanne. The later is
one of eight winners at 1 ¼ miles or farther who claim Unbridled as
(Fappiano - Gana Facil, by Le Fabuleux)
Record: 24-8-6-6 ($4,489,475)
Three Year Old, 1990
– Kentucky Derby (G-1) 1 ¼ miles
- 1990 Breeders' Cup Classic (G-1) 1 ¼ miles
- Florida Derby (G-1) 1 1/8 miles
– Preakness Stakes (G-1) 1 3/16 miles
– Super Derby (G-1) 1 ¼ miles
– Secretariat Stakes (G-1) 1 ¼ miles, turf
- 1991 Breeders' Cup Classic (G-1) 1 ¼ miles
- Fountain of Youth Stakes (G-2) 1 1/6 miles
- Blue Grass Stakes (G-2) 1 1/8 miles
- Fayette Handicap (G-3) 1 1/8 miles
second damsire Cox's Ridge was swift enough to win a graded stakes
race at seven furlongs and the Met Mile. However, he was best at 1
1/8 miles. He also won at 1 3/16 miles and finished third in the 1 ½
mile Jockey Club Gold Cup in 1977. The son of Best Turn sired 55
stakes winners, including the Champion mare Life's Magic, Champion
sprinter Cardmania, and Champion Older Horse Vanlandingham. Cox's
Ridge also sired the graded stakes winner and sire Sultry Song. As a
broodmare sire, Cox's Ridge is among the leading broodmare sires of
route runners in Florida and is within the top 20 leading broodmare
sires in Kentucky.
Malibu Moon/Unbridled bloodline cross has produced seven runners and
six winners. Orb is the first stakes winner. Overall, sons of A.P.
Indy and Unbridled sire line mares have crossed well. Notable names
from this pairing include the popular sire Tapit, Woodford Reserve
(G-1) hero General Quarters, Hollywood Derby winner Unbridled Command
and Frizette heroine Sky Diva.
is a large, long-bodied, dark-bay colt with the body of a route
horse. He is well balanced, with a deep, laid back shoulder and long
hip, although he's more on the lean side, rather than muscular.
The son of Malibu Moon has a fluid gait without excess motion. He has correct leg action
without wasted movement. A late-developing colt, Orb will likely put
on muscle as he matures.
Already a winner at 1 1/8 miles, Orb has
the pedigree to handle the demanding distances of the Triple Crown. He prefers
to sit near the back of the pack and has the turn of foot to mow them
down in the stretch.
The colt's trainer McGaughey is undecided
regarding Orb's next start. Logically, he would contest the Florida
Derby on March 30, since Orb has already won at Gulfstream Park at
the 1 1/8 mile distance. Alternatively, Orb could wait an extra week
and show up in the Wood Memorial in New York on April 6. Whichever
route he takes to Kentucky, Orb is a colt to keep high on your Derby