Until Wednesday, Orb was rolling toward a total beatdown of the Preakness field. It was shaping up as a rout. The equine version of Tiger Woods vs. the field, circa 2000.
Now? The Kentucky Derby winner should still take the race and head to Belmont Park in search of the Triple Crown next month. But the task got a little harder.
They held the post-position draw Wednesday morning in Baltimore and Orb was given the dreaded No. 1 post. There were gasps in the breakfast crowd at Pimlico Race Course. It was the first bit of bad news the Orb camp has gotten since Nov. 10, 2012 – the last time the colt lost a race.
Everything had gone according to plan since then – actually even exceeding expectations. Now there is some adversity to deal with.
Drawing the No. 1 hole invites traffic problems. Rail to the left, other horses to the right – you can be pinned in and have nowhere to run.
Especially in the Derby. If you draw the rail in that race, you're a goner – there is far too much traffic andRead More »from Orb's run to the Triple Crown shouldn't be impeded by Preakness draw