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In a time when horses are babied, racing once a month, D. Wayne Lukas does it his way.
Orb came up short in the Preakness, frustrating everyone who made the Kentucky Derby winner a 3-5 favorite - no one more than trainer Shug McGaughey.
Although no one really keeps track of such things, Gary Stevens had no problem making the assessment with complete conviction.
Long-shot Oxbow led wire-to-wire to take the 138th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, preventing the possibility of a Triple Crown winner for a 35th consecutive year.
Another year, another Triple Crown hopeful unable to come through.
In front of one stage, a mother propped her young child on her shoulders while watching the country music group Florida Georgia Line.
Early Saturday morning, Shug McGaughey was walking back and forth in front of the stakes barn at Pimlico.
There are only two outcomes when it comes to Saturday's Preakness Stakes - either the Kentucky Derby winner Orb wins the race to set up a Triple Crown try in the Belmont Stakes in three weeks, or another horse pulls an upset and prevents a shot at history.
Odds-on favorite Last Gunfighter notched his sixth straight win by claiming Friday's $300,000 Pimlico Special at Pimlico Race Course. The 1 3/16-mile race was conducted at the same distance as Saturday's Preakness Stakes.
Everybody else had their shot.
Fiftyshadesofhay, ridden by Joel Rosario, rallied down the stretch to capture Friday's $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. The 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-old fillies, sister event to the Preakness Stakes, was covered in a time of 1:52.73 on a fast track.
Kentucky Derby winner Orb put in another gallop at Pimlico with one day to go before the 1 3/16-mile Preakness Stakes.
Orb is ready for his whirl at history.
Joel Rosario is on the ride of his life.
After being on this earth for 77 years, winning 13 Triple Crown races and totaling more than $100 million in purse money, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas has earned the right to sit in an office and let his assistants do the grunt work in the stables.
Palace Malice, the colt who set the blazing Kentucky Derby pace, is stabled at trainer Todd Pletcher's Belmont Park barn with future races undecided.
Everything's a go for Orb.
Maybe this is the year.
A Hall of Fame trainer and the winning jockey in the Kentucky Derby will join forces Friday in the Black-Eyed Susan, a Grade 2 race for 3-year-old fillies at Pimlico Race Course.
For a while there, it looked as if the Preakness was shaping up to be a runaway victory for Kentucky Derby winner Orb.
Kentucky Derby winner Orb is the even-money morning-line favorite for Saturday's $1 million Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. The 1 3/16-mile event, second leg of racing's Triple Crown, attracted a field of nine 3-year-olds.
The Preakness draw was over, and trainer Shug McGaughey listed a variety of reasons why he was OK with having Kentucky Derby winner Orb starting Saturday's race from the rail.
Animal Kingdom, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup, put in a workout Wednesday in England as he prepares for the Queen Anne Stakes on June 18 at Royal Ascot.
Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Illinois Derby champion Departing played together as foals in the lush pastures of Claiborne Farm in central Kentucky.
Kentucky Derby winner Orb made his way to Pimlico Race Course from Belmont Park Monday afternoon for a chance to secure the second leg of racing's Triple Crown.