The Fortus Files

The Fortus Files

By: Bob Fortus
May
18
2013
  It was 5:30 Saturday morning, the sky still dark, when Departing walked on to the Pimlico track. The Preakness was more than 12 hours away, and Departing began to jog a clockwise lap around...
May
17
2013
  Rosie Napravnik, who’ll be riding Mylute in the Preakness on Saturday, was reflecting fondly Friday on her early days as a young rider galloping at Pimlico for trainers Dickie Small and...
May
17
2013
  As Orb turned into the stretch in his gallop Friday morning at Pimlico, he changed leads on cue and stretched out nicely as he moved toward the finish line. Trainer Shug McGaughey keeps liking...
May
17
2013
  Football legend Paul Hornung, who is among the owners of Titletown Five, was on the backstretch Friday morning. Hornung, who won the Heisman Trophy at Notre Dame and is in the pro football...
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...