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Orb in the iconic red and white silks of Stuart Janney, III
While picking Orb as the Kentucky Derby winner is not exactly reinventing the wheel, as he will likely go off at a short price, this colt has all the goods to make a huge impact the first Saturday in May and maybe even make it into the history books with a Triple Crown bid.
While his winning effort in the Florida Derby was criticized for being extremely slow (1 1/8 miles in 1:50.87), he is getting sharper with each start and seems to be maturing at the right time. His trainer, Claude "Shug" McGaughey III, is one of the best trainers in the history of the sport to never have won the Kentucky Derby. This big, good-looking colt is a homebred for Stuart Janney III and the Phipps Stable, two of the most decorated breeding and racing operations in the sport's history. For a traditionalist or a history buff, Orb is your Derby horse.
In addition to his class, he is also bred to revel in the daunting distance of a mile and a quarter and to continue to excel even further. With so many rivals going into the starting gate next Saturday lacking stamina, Orb has it in spades. His best might be still to come, but he is good enough to get it done in the Derby.