Comment
0
Tweet
1
Print
RSS Feeds

Orb has gone from ordinary to extraordinary

Friday - 5/17/2013, 5:09am  ET

Kentucky Derby winner Orb looks on as he is cooled down after a workout at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Thursday, May 16, 2013. The Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled to take place May 18. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

RICHARD ROSENBLATT
AP Sports Writer

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Growing up, Kentucky Derby winner Orb was just another horse who fit in with the crowd.

Never caused problems. Never raised a ruckus. Never got sick or hurt while frolicking in the fields of Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky., with his pals, or when he was learning how to be a racehorse at Niall Brennan's farm in Ocala, Fla. Did everything asked of him.

"A model citizen," says Claiborne Farm manager Bradley Purcell.

Brennan remembers the colt did everything right. "His workouts, his focus, he didn't fret about things, he was enjoying it," he says.

And wouldn't you know it: In his racing debut, last Aug. 18 at Saratoga, Orb leaped in the air as the gates opened and trailed by 14 lengths early on in the seven-furlong race. He made a remarkable recovery, though, and finished third, just 1
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.