Orb Is Capable Triple Crown Candidate

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJanuary 1, 2015

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 04:  Trainer Shug McGaughey (L) walks with Orb ridden by jockey Joel Rosario after winning the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Orb's chances of winning horse racing's Triple Crown are as good as any horse's in the last 10 years. The three-year-old colt's name will be on the tip of the tongues of race prognosticators leading up to the Preakness Stakes.

The Triple Crown talk won't really pick up steam unless Orb wins in Baltimore. So it is a little bit early to get too carried away, but he has the tools to make things interesting.


The Finisher

Orb's ability to close the race is perhaps the most important quality a potential Triple Crown winner can have. A mediocre horse can jump out to a quick start, but the truly quality horses are there at the end.

For the last half of the Kentucky Derby, Orb distanced himself from the field. No matter the length of the race, the ability to finish will always be most important.


Mud...No Problem

The muddy conditions at Churchill Downs made predicting the winner a bit more complicated. The favorite hadn't won the Derby in five years. Not only did Orb win the Derby as the favorite, he did it in less-than ideal conditions.

The sloppy track could have opened the door for a lower-level horse to pull an upset, but Orb was having none of it.

That proves this horse doesn't need the optimal situation to shine. To win the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes, he'll need that versatility.



Orb is hot.

He has now won five straight races with the Derby win. The wins have come from various post positions as well. This would lead you to believe the horse's talent can shine through no matter where he comes out of the gates.

The horse had also won another G1 race during the buildup to the Derby. His win at the Florida Derby on March 30 proves that the Kentucky Derby triumph was no fluke. Orb has raced and bested a field of elite horses before.

It is too early for a hardcore prediction, but this is definitely a horse with a chance at immortality.


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