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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Shug Mcgaughey
Orb is the 3-1 favorite and drew the No. 5 post for trainer Shug McGaughey. Preakness winner Oxbow is 5-1 after drawing the No. 7 post for trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
When the field turned for home on the cool, overcast Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs, Normandy Invasion grabbed the lead while Orb was gearing up. But in the deep stretch, Orb prevailed, carrying Joel Rosario to his first Derby win.
"He's been here for three weeks, and I think it has to be a help not only mentally but being familiar with the footing as well," McGaughey said. "He's done well here and trained well here. ... I'm going to strike a line through the Preakness. It wasn't his day. It was (trainer) Wayne Lukas and Oxbow and Gary Stevens' day. We're going to regroup and hopefully you'll see the right horse here on Saturday."
"The jockey is really going to have to read the race — it's what separates the top riders from some of those that aren't," said McGaughey, who won the Belmont with Easy Goer in 1989 and spoiled Sunday Silence's Triple Crown try.