year ago, Norumbega was the only juvenile in Hall of Fame trainer Shug
McGaughey's barn with a victory. In the ensuing months, however, the
Tiznow colt was eclipsed by his stablemate, Orb, who won the Grade 2
Fountain of Youth, the Grade 1 Florida Derby, and the Grade 1 Kentucky
Derby even as Norumbega was toiling away in optional claimers.
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese
has won two out of his last three starts, however, and on Saturday at
Aqueduct Racetrack, he'll get a chance to grab the spotlight for himself
when he faces seven other 3-year-olds in the 70th running of the Grade
3, $200,000 Discovery Handicap.
1 1/8-mile Discovery will be run as race 6 on the special eight-race
card at the Big A, which also features the simulcast of the Breeders'
Cup from Santa Anita Park. First race post time is 12:25 p.m.
probably our second-best 3-year-old," said McGaughey assistant Buzz
Tenney of Norumbega, who like Orb carries the colors of Stuart S.
Janney, III. "He's a great big, leggy kind of horse. He's a nice colt,
and he's got a good mind. He's by Tiznow, so I think his future is ahead
against older horses in his April 2013 debut, Norumbega next registered
a pair of fifths and a second at Belmont Park. Three starts back, he
won a first-level allowance at Saratoga Race Course, was eighth over a
muddy, sealed track in the Grade 3 Smarty Jones at Parx Racing and most
recently was a front-running winner of a nine-furlong, second-level
allowance over the synthetic surface at Keeneland.
think he had a legitimate excuse at Parx with the track being the way
it was," said Tenney. "He's a two-turn horse, and this race should suit
Cornelio Velasquez will ride Norumbega, 10-1 on the morning line, from post position 8.
in the Discovery is Godolphin Racing's Romansh, who following his
victory by disqualification in the Curlin at Saratoga was fifth in the
Grade 1 Travers behind winner Will Take Charge and runner-up Moreno and
sixth behind those same two in the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby at Parx.
Jose Ortiz will be in the irons for Romansh, who drew post position 7.
lining up for the Discovery will be a trio from trainer Todd Pletcher:
the Repole stable entry of Micromanage and Midnight Taboo along with
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' Battier.
opened his 3-year-old campaign with an optional claiming victory at
Monmouth Park, a second in the Easy Goer at Belmont and a victory in the
Long Branch at Monmouth. Third in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational, the
late-running colt was fifth in the Smarty Jones and then earned a
career-best 95 Beyer Speed Figure when fourth in the Grade 2 Indiana
Taboo most recently was second by a head to fellow Discovery entrant
Vegas No Show in the Coastal on October 9 at Belmont, while Battier
loomed large at the top of the stretch in the Pennsylvania Derby before
flattening out and finishing third
thought Battier's race was excellent," said Pletcher, who will give a
leg up to apprentice Angel Castillo on the Tale of the Cat colt, 7-2 on
the morning line from post position 6. "He's a horse who is maturing.
He's always trained impressively so we think he has a big race in him."
Micromanage from the rail is Irad Ortiz, Jr., while Chris DeCarlo will
be aboard Midnight Taboo when he leaves from post position 3. The entry
is 3-1 on the morning line.
out the field are Mr Palmer and Bad Hombre, seventh and 10th,
respectively, in the Grade 2 Indiana Derby last time out, and Vegas No
Show, the starting highweight under 119 pounds.