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

Shug Pimlico 615 X 400
 
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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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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