He is more than just a buzz horse, this 7-2 morning-line favorite for the 139th running of the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Training around Churchill Downs in the days leading up to the 1 1/4-mile Classic, Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable's Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Orb has become the face of Kentucky Derby 139, a contender whose smooth morning gallops and perfect final breeze have more than one trainer wishing they could trade places—or at least runners—with Hall of Fame horseman Shug McGaughey.
"I love the way Orb moves over the ground. He just really, really floats here," said three-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert, who won't have a contender in this year's Run for the Roses. "This horse looks the part. He's moving great."
It's probably too much to ask, but I'd like to see a Triple Crown winner this year.
Naturally Sports Illustrated hasn't come out with a commemorative issue marking the 40th anniversary of Secretariat's sweep of the Triple Crown.