The Fortus Files

The Fortus Files

By: Bob Fortus
May
16
2013
  Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, at 77 the elder statesman about trainers participating in this Preakness, was joking about age at the Alibi Breakfast on Thursday morning. “Shug’s not very...
May
16
2013
What would the odds be that in a nine-horse field in a Triple Crown race, two trainers would be longtime friends from grade school, high school and college? Not only that, their horses – Mylute...
May
15
2013
When Kentucky Derby winner Orb drew the 1-hole Wednesday for the Preakness on Saturday, trainer Shug McGaughey reacted predictably and rationally. “I don’t think it’s that big of a...
May
15
2013
  Trainer Ralph Nicks sees opportunity in the Black-Eyed Susan on Friday for undefeated Maracuya, the least experienced filly in a nine-filly field. Maracuya has raced twice – defeating...
May
15
2013
In different ways, Oxbow and Will Take Charge ran creditably in the Kentucky Derby for trainer D. Wayne Lukas, although both colts finished out of the money. “They both had a chance to be part...
May
14
2013
Trainer Shug McGaughey and assistant/exercise rider Jennifer Patterson walked together to Orb’s stall early Tuesday morning to see how the Kentucky Derby winner was doing after spending his...
May
13
2013
  Because of Orb, the grass along the Pimlico stakes barn became an endangered species Monday afternoon. For 40 minutes, the Kentucky Derby winner dragged assistant trainer/exercise rider Jenn...
May
13
2013
It was 8:37 on a cool Monday morning at Pimlico when Goldencents, with jockey Kevin Krigger aboard, walked onto the track to begin his training. Two other horses were on the track, and a few others...
May
10
2013
The Preakness, the second jewel of the Triple Crown, never will replace the Kentucky Derby as the most recognizable race in America. But there’s no way the Preakness comes in second to the...