McGaughey on Orb: ‘It Just Wasn’t His Day’
After a disappointing fourth-place effort in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday from stable star Orb, trainer Shug McGaughey was looking for answers.
Although he initially thought the far inside post position would be no problem for the Kentucky Derby winner, McGaughey told reporters after the Preakness that he thought it ended up being a more significant factor than he’d anticipated. From where the trainer sat, Orb appeared “crammed down in on the inside the whole way” and he could tell the horse wasn’t comfortable but was hoping he was wrong.
“When he started making that run, I thought, ‘Well he must be a little more comfortable down there than he looks to me.’ Obviously he wasn’t,” said McGaughey.
McGaughey did not believe the two weeks’ turnaround time between the Derby and the Preakness had any impact on Orb. He is interested in running the horse in the Belmont Stakes on June 8.
“I still thought we would close into it, but it just wasn’t his day,” he said. “He was just never real comfortable once he got down in there. I’m disappointed. I’ll probably be way more disappointed tomorrow, but I know the game. It is highs and lows, probably more lows than highs.”
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