Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey on Sunday expressed satisfaction with Orb's
third-place finish in Saturday's Grade 1 Travers, and said the colt
likely will make his next start in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup on
the Travers, Orb saved ground while stalking the pace and loomed at the
top of the stretch but was unable to match strides with winner Will
Take Charge or overtake runner-up Moreno. Orb was ridden by Jose
Lezcano, who replaced injured jockey Joel Rosario.
thought he ran a great race," said McGaughey, who trains the Kentucky
Derby winner for Stuart S. Janney III and Phipps Stable. "He came to the
paddock the way I wanted him to, and I thought he had running on his
mind. I thought Jose rode him great. He was down on the inside the other
two horses, and he couldn't get by Moreno, really, after that slow
pace. I'm disappointed we didn't win, but I'm not disappointed in his
effort one bit. I thought they did a terrific job with him."
Orb competes in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, he will be making his first
start against older horses. The Travers was his first start since his
third in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes in June.
we've got a good, solid race under his belt, we've got all last winter
and spring's stuff behind us," said McGaughey. "I think we can really
move forward now. I'm going to look at the Gold Cup. That's not to say
the Pennsylvania Derby or the Indiana Derby or something is completely
out of the picture, but I think we want to go to the Gold Cup."