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May 4 2013 139th Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands Churchill Downs I 1 1/4 M 1 REPLAY
Mar 30 2013 Florida Derby Gulfstream Park I 1 1/8 M 1 REPLAY
Feb 23 2013 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Gulfstream Park II 1 1/16 M 1 REPLAY


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.

Joel Rosario


Joel Rosario enrolled in jockey school for six months in his native Dominican Republic and by the age of fourteen had his jockey’s license. He won his first Breeders’ Cup race in 2009 with Dancing in Silks. In 2013 he won The Kentucky Derby aboard Orb, won the Dubai World Cup aboard Animal Kingdom and set a Keeneland spring-meeting record with 38 winning rides. He made his first Kentucky Derby appearance in 2010 aboard Make Music for Me, finishing fourth. He other top mounts have included: Creative Cause, Acclimation, Blind Luck, Harmonious, Dakota Phone, Dubawi Heights, Twirling Candy and Zazu.

Stuart Janney III & Phipps Stable (Ogden Mills “Dinny” Phipps)


Stuart Janney and Dinny Phipps are first cousins whose families both have a long and distinguished history in horse racing. In 2013 they won The Kentucky Derby with Orb. Stuart was introduced to racing by his parents who raced the famed Ruffian. He is the Chairman of Bessemer Trust, Trustee of Johns Hopkins University, Vice Chairman of The Jockey Club and on the Board of Trustees of NYRA. Dinny Phipps is a retired American Financier and Chairman of The Jockey Club. He won the Eclipse Award of Merit for all of his many contributions to horse racing. The Phipps Family is one of the most famous in racing having campaigned such stars as Bold Ruler, Personal Ensign, Easy Goer and Buckpasser. Other top horses owned soley or in partnership by Janney and Phipps include Coroando's Quest, Criminologist, Air Support, My Flag and Point of Entry.

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Malibu Moon-Lady Liberty, by Unbridled

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Befitting a Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable homebred, Orb has a strong pedigree for 1 1/4 miles.

His sire, Malibu Moon, is a regally-bred son of A.P. Indy whose racing career was prematurely cut short by injury. Malibu Moon has instead lived up to his pedigree by becoming a successful sire. His best son so far is Declan's Moon, the champion two-year-old male of 2004, but most of his headliners have been fillies, including Life at Ten, Devil May Care, Ask the Moon and Funny Moon -- all major winners at 1 1/4 miles -- and current sprint star Kauai Katie.

Orb is infused with an abundance of stamina from his dam, Lady Liberty, who won over as far as 1 1/2 miles on turf. She is by champion Unbridled, hero of the 1990 Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup Classic.

Unbridled has sired the winners of all three jewels of the Triple Crown -- 1996 Derby winner Grindstone, 2000 Preakness victor Red Bullet and 2003 Belmont Stakes conqueror Empire Maker, now a top sire in his own right. Unbridled is also responsible for noted sire Unbridled's Song; champions Banshee Breeze, Anees, Halfbridled and Smuggler; and 2000 Travers hero Unshaded.

Aside from his legacy in the male line, Unbridled is also exerting an influence through his daughters, who have produced the likes of 2011 Preakness star Shackleford and French classic winner Falco.

Lady Liberty's dam, Mesabi Maiden, garnered the 1996 Black-Eyed Susan. She comes from the immediate family of Suggestive Boy, a multiple Group 1 winner in his native Argentina who recently took the Arcadia and the Frank E. Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita.

Orb descends from the same female line as 1988 Wood Memorial winner Private Terms, ninth as the favorite in that year's Run for the Roses; 1998 Travers and Haskell victor Coronado's Quest; successful sire Icecapade; and the immortal Ruffian.

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