BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Orb’s disappointing fourth-place finish in the Preakness Stakes meant it just wasn’t his day, trainer Shug McGaughey said on Saturday.
Orb had won five successive races, including a dominant performance in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, but the 3-5 favorite in the field of nine ran out of gas in the Preakness stretch and never mounted a challenge.
BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Oxbow, a 15-1 longshot ridden masterfully by 50-year-old Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, cruised to an easy, wire-to-wire victory in the $1 million Preakness Stakes on Saturday.
The D. Wayne Lukas-trained bay bolted to the lead under cloudy skies and chilly temperatures at Pimlico Race Course and never tired, finishing 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Itsmyluckyday.
BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Shug McGaughey, the soft-spoken trainer of Kentucky Derby champion Orb, admits he thinks of what it would be like to saddle a Triple Crown champion.
He knows it’s premature to be thinking like that. He just can’t help it.
BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas offered an ominous assessment for those hoping Kentucky Derby champion Orb will have his Triple Crown aspirations trampled at the Preakness Stakes on Saturday.
“If he’ll scratch, I’ll feel better about the whole race,” said Lukas, who will saddle three colts in the nine-horse race though none better than 12-1 odds in the morning line.
BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Kentucky Derby winner Orb was installed as the even-money favorite to win Saturday’s 138th Preakness Stakes, the middle leg of the Triple Crown, after drawing the inside post at Wednesday’s barrier draw.
With just nine horses entered in the $1 million race at Pimlico, Orb’s trainer Shug McGaughey said he expected his three-year-old to get a smooth run under the guidance of his red-hot jockey Joel Rosario.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly 18 months after being kidnapped at gunpoint and held captive at a remote mountain lair in Venezuela, Wilson Ramos remains haunted by the memory.
The Washington Nationals catcher silently points to a tattoo on his muscular left forearm with the date he was rescued after a shootout between his captors and police.
BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is playing down his early season success despite putting up some eyebrow-raising numbers.
The 27-year-old, six-year major league veteran clubbed an opposite-field grand slam in the eighth inning to lead the Orioles to a come-from-behind 9-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper wasted little time proving that last year’s Rookie of the Year season was no fluke.
Harper belted two home runs off starter Ricky Nolasco to lift the Nationals to a 2-0 victory over the Miami Marlins on Monday in the season opener for both teams.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Memphis Grizzlies have embraced the team concept after shedding Rudy Gay in a cost-cutting move and suddenly find themselves trading elbows with the big boys in the Western Conference.
With their top scorer and go-to guy now wearing a Toronto Raptors uniform, the surging Grizzlies (47-23) have moved to within six games of front-running San Antonio in the West.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Frustrated, aggravated and searching for answers, Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman says former first overall draft pick John Wall needs to remain upbeat during his puzzling slump.
“He is going through a rough stretch,” Wittman said. “Whether it’s a game, a stretch, two weeks, a week, 10 days, you got to fight through it.