Derby Contenders

Claude R. "Shug" McGaughey III

Claude "Shug" McGaughey trained 2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb. He grew up in Lexington Kentucky and attended the races at Keeneland with his parents. He began training in 1979 after serving as an assistant to David and Frank Whitely. Shug was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004, has won the Eclipse Award for Top Trainer and trained multiple Eclipse Champions including the undefeated Personal Ensign. Other top horses include Lure, Easy Goer, My Flag, Coronado's Quest, Vanlandingham, My Flag, Point of Entry and Seeking the Gold.