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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2013
Stuart Janney III, co-owner of Kentucky Derby winner Orb, has not even been able to see his colt since the historic run at Churchill Downs. The chairman of the Bessemer Trust spent the early part of this week in Texas for meetings, then convened with board members early Wednesday and Thursday in New York for discussions that prevented him from slipping away to the Belmont Park barns. Not that Janney has been lacking for updates on Orb, who took the mile-and-a-quarter Kentucky Derby by 2 1/2 lengths with a stretch run through the muck.
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By Childs Walker and Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2014
Commissioner nearly became the latest long shot to win the Belmont Stakes, losing to Tonalist in a photo finish as a 28-1 shot Saturday. Trainer Todd Pletcher said all along his horse had the perfect pedigree to run 1 ½ miles at Belmont Park. He had dreamed of saddling him in the Belmont from the first days he worked with the colt. “He ran super,” Pletcher said. “I didn't anticipate that we would be on the lead, but we weren't going to take away anything they gave us. He was almost good enough today.” Like Tonalist, Commissioner did not run in either of the first two legs of the Triple Crown.
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By Childs Walker and Chris Korman and The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2013
The colt was a knucklehead, really. He had speed and endurance in his pedigree, but if you had polled his owners and his trainer a year ago, none would have predicted that he'd gallop in the same steps as his great-grandsire, 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew. When the gates dropped on his first race, Orb did not even break. Second race? Same thing. He did not win until the fourth and final race of his two-year-old campaign. But where other colts might level off or become erratic, Orb seemed to get better every day. “I've never seen anything like it,” said his trainer, Claude “Shug” McGaughey, who has been in the thoroughbred game more than 40 years.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
Confidence ran high in the Kentucky Derby champion. Bred for stamina by one of America's grand old racing families and fine-tuned by one of the sport's most respected trainers, Orb went off as a commanding 3-5 favorite in the 2013 Preakness. Two minutes later, he was another unsuccessful Triple Crown aspirant, having failed to fight his way out of traffic after starting from the No. 1 post. He would never win another race. Turns of fortune are swift and unpredictable in thoroughbred racing, even for the champions who appear least vulnerable.
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By Chris Korman | May 14, 2013
Kentucky Derby winner Orb continues getting accustomed to his temporary Maryland home, which involves mostly eating the grass on a small plot of land outside his stall at Pimlico Race Course. He did that for another 40 minutes -- as per a routine trainer Shug McGaughey keeps with almost all of his horses -- after walking the shed row Tuesday morning. The Malibu Moon colt was due a break after a fast breeze Monday morning at Belmont Park before shipping down I-95 into the home state of his co-owner, Butler resident Stuart Janney III. Orb does not appear bothered by anything at this point.
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Dan Rodricks | May 13, 2013
The Preakness means more to Marylanders when there's a Marylander in the race, and this year we have the obvious connection in Orb, the Kentucky Derby winner owned in part by Stuart Janney III, chairman of Bessemer Trust and resident of Butler, in the heart of horse country north of Baltimore. But the other connection is to Orb's daddy. Let's go over this because there's a good story in it. It involves two Maryland brothers who made a bet in California nearly 14 years ago on a racehorse with a screw in his knee.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2013
They likely won't recognize each other Saturday as they go to the gate for the 138th Preakness. Orb, the Kentucky Derby winner, and Departing, a horse some believe could be the only one capable of ending this year's Triple Crown chase in Baltimore, will be thinking of nothing but running. They will be two of nine horses trying to get to the front. Before they ever officially became racehorses, they were just two of eight horses in a field on the Kentucky farm where they were born.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2013
Maryland Jockey Club senior vice president for communications Mike Gathagan credentialed more than 1,600 media members for the 138th Preakness. We talked to a few of them to get their take on how Saturday's race might end up. Not surprisingly, they went heavy on even-money favorite Orb, with a healthy dose of Mylute, the top challenger out of the Kentucky Derby ridden by former Maryland leading rider Rosie Napravnik. Jennie Rees, Louisville Courier-Journal 1. Orb 2. Departing 3. Itsmyluckyday Jerry Bossert, New York Daily News 1. Orb 2. Itsmyluckyday 3. Goldencents Tim Wilkin, Albany Times Union 1. Itsmyluckyday 2. Orb 3. Goldencents Gary Mihoces, USA Today 1. Mylute 2. Orb 3. Goldencents Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times 1. Goldencents 2. Orb 3. Mylute Claire Novak, Blood Horse 1. Orb 2. Departing 3. Mylute Gabby Gaudet, Maryland Jockey Club analyst in waiting 1. Orb 2. Mylute 3. Goldencents Richard Migliore, HRTV 1. Orb 2. Departing 3. Will Take Charge
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By Allan Vought and Baltimore Sun Media Group | May 15, 2013
One of the colts entered in Saturday's 138th running of the Preakness Stakes can lay claim to a distinction not shared by seven others:  He's actually finished ahead of the expected favorite Orb in a race. Titletown Five, one of three Preakness entries trained by Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, and Orb were both entered in a seven-furlong, maiden special weight race for 2-year-olds at Saratoga last Aug. 18. Maiden special weights are for horses that have never won a race in their career.
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By Chris Korman and The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2013
Claude R. “Shug” McGaughey is a man who looks like the embodiment of the nickname that is all anybody calls him by. Short and unassuming, he said this week he made an effort to enjoy the run-up to the Kentucky Derby, a race he has, like any trainer, dreamed of winning. But the Hall of Famer knew, really, that there's only one way to truly enjoy the Kentucky Derby: win it. Running over a sloppy Churchill Downs track that left 19 contenders caked in mud, McGaughey's horse Orb found stable footing and a late lead in the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby today.
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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2014
If the horse racing world needed a little more evidence heading into Preakness week that the erstwhile "Sport of Kings" has turned a corner in Maryland, consider this scene on a misty Friday morning at the idyllic Fair Hill Training Center outside Elkton. Stuart Janney III, who was sitting pretty with Kentucky Derby winner Orb at this time last year, is walking the grounds with his wife, Lynn, and Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey, inspecting the barn that Janney and cousin Ogden Mills Phipps purchased last August and made into a seasonal hub of their racing operation just three weeks ago. Yes, that Stuart Janney, the descendent of racing royalty who once tried to help fix Maryland racing when it seemed to be on a stretch run to ruin.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2014
LOUISVILLE, KY. -- His mother cost a mere $8,000 and his father performed for a modest stud fee of $2,000. That $10,000 investment - minuscule by elite racing standards - produced California Chrome, who had won $1.135 million even before he became the official favorite for the 2014 Kentucky Derby on Wednesday. His charmed run continued in the afternoon post-position draw, where California Chrome drew the No. 5 spot. Earlier in the day, co-owner Steve Coburn had said he was hoping for a starting spot between No. 6 and No. 10, but a near miss wasn't bad. "I think it's a perfect spot," said trainer Art Sherman.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2014
When Orb got trapped along the rail and failed to make a charge in last year's Preakness, the racing world's dreams of a new Triple Crown winner faded for a 35th straight year. The drought looms larger every spring for a sport seeking a superstar to offset attendance declines and doping scandals. Hopes invariably rise anew on the first Saturday in May in Louisville. And this year will be no different as another packed field of 20 lines up to run the 140th Kentucky Derby. After a prep season during which several would-be contenders fell by the wayside because of injuries or flat performances, California Chrome emerged as a consensus favorite.
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By Nicholas Fouriezos and The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
The 3-year-old colt who inspired a summer fervor for Maryland horse racing by winning five straight races, including the 2013 Kentucky Derby, is entering retirement. Orb, owned by Baltimore native Stuart S. Janney III and home-bred at Phipps Stable, will enter stud at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky next year, finishing his career as a millionaire and multiple Grade 1 stakes winner. “I have very mixed emotions about it, because I really would have loved to run him next year,” Janney said.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2013
What could have been a chance at the first Triple Crown in 35 years will instead come down to this for Baltimore County resident Stuart Janney III: a shot at redemption. Always measured, Janney avoids soaring rhetoric when discussing racing. He's been around too long to get caught up in that. Publicly, he will say that having Orb - named today a 3-1 favorite for Saturday's Belmont Stakes - run again against Preakness winner Oxbow is "gratifying because it should help spruce up the Belmont and bring some excitement.
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By Colleen Thomas and The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
Rosie Napravnik will get another shot at history in the Belmont Stakes - just aboard a different horse than in her previous two Triple Crown races. On Thursday, trainer Bob Baffert announced that Napravnik will mount Code West in the Belmont Stakes on June 8 after connections to Mylute decided Wednesday to pull the horse out of the race. Napravnik rode Mylute in the first two jewels of the Triple Crown, finishing fifth in the Kentucky Derby and third in the Preakness. She also rode Code West to victory in the race after the Preakness, finishing comfortably in front of the pack.
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By Chris Korman | May 10, 2013
Kentucky Derby winner Orb continues training toward Preakness from the track at Belmont Park. He galloped a mile and a quarter Friday morning for trainer Shug McGaughey, who was happy with what he saw. Orb should arrive in Baltimore by Monday afternoon. The Malibu Moon colt can become the 13thhorse to win both the Derby and Preakness since Affirmed completed the Triple Crown in 1978. Co-owned by Baltimore County resident Stuart Janney III, Orb won the Derby by two-and-a-half lengths, and appears likely to be a heavy favorite in the 138th Preakness.
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By Colleen Thomas and Chris Korman | May 15, 2013
Much like the nickname “Shug,” Claude R. McGaughey III's plans after college were a mystery to him. McGaughey, who trains Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness favorite Orb, was a student at the University of Mississippi's business school as the Vietnam War was going on and wasn't enjoying it - he was "piddling around," as he called it. Drawing a high draft number in the 1969 draft, McGaughey decided to leave school. The only way his parents would allow him to, though, was if he got a job. McGaughey reached out to a friend who owned several horses at Keeneland in Lexington for work.
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May 21, 2013
ust a reminder. There are no sure winners in racing, as Saturday's Preakness was proof of. A poll was taken and 65 percent of the race fans thought Orb was going to win. When Orb failed to go into "orbit," most people were shocked. But not the old-timers. They know "sure things" can be beat. Remember Man-o-War, Upset, Citation and Saggy? Robert M. Dillow Baldwin
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Peter Schmuck | May 20, 2013
This was for every guy who ever had a mid-life crisis and tried to do something nobody thought could be done. Fifty-year-old Jockey Gary Stevens took Oxbow to the front early and never looked back on the way to an upset victory in the 138th Preakness Stakes that was truly one for the ageless. Oxbow was a 15-1 shot when he left the gate, and he wasn't the one beating the longest odds at Old Hilltop on Saturday. Stevens became the first grandfather ever to win a Triple Crown race, and he did it against a Kentucky Derby winner - Orb - that was considered almost unassailable.
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