Tag: triple crown
On Saturday, May 6, as Always Dreaming galloped over the finish line at Churchill Downs, becoming the 143rd winner of the Kentucky Derby, revelers all over the country raised their glasses to toast the three-year old colt from Kentucky.
Last year, Preakness Stakes’ InfieldFest put its beer-guzzling centaur mascot Kegasus out to pasture, which must have been music to the ears of Del. Pat McDonough and others who felt that the low-brow horse-man promoted binge drinking among InfieldFest attendees and was generally sort of infantile and disgusting.
And it’s a good thing he’s gone, because he would absolutely hate the headliner that Maryland Jockey Club has chosen for 2014: 17-year-old Kiwi singer-songwriter Lorde. Not only is the recent Grammy winner too young to drink, her major hit, “Royals,” is an unambiguous celebration of working-class identity and a takedown of self-destructive partying.
As everyone knows by now, Dinny Phipps and Stuart Janney’s horse Orb won the Kentucky Derby last weekend.
We asked Stuart’s wife Lynn to share with us the experience of winning the first jewel of the Triple Crown and how the family is feeling about the Kentucky Derby Champion’s chances in the Preakness next weekend.
The Janneys live in Butler, where they raised their two children, Matt and Emily.
All of Maryland is rooting for you, Orb!
Orb had been named the favorite by several organizations, but how confident did you feel that he would win?
I think we were all very confident about Orb before the race, though in horse racing nothing is guaranteed. Shug McGaughey, the trainer, never overstates anything and so when he felt good about Orb, we did too. The rain put a question mark next to him, but his breeding says he should not mind a sloppy track. And he didn’t.
Give us the play-by-play of watching the race, the mood when Orb started storming ahead and the moment when you realized Orb would be victorious. What was your reaction: more stunned, silent disbelief or more hooting and hollering? What was Stuart’s?
The rain made all the exposed seating unusable, so we were all huddled under cover in the stands, very tense. Waiting for the race to start is torturous. Every minute seems like an hour, but eventually they are in the gate. I have relived this race so many times I think I only see it in slow motion. At the start we were all extremely quiet, and then after the first turn Stuart commented the pace is very fast. We were still quiet and not concerned when we saw him fifteenth on the backstretch, just gripping the rail. And then he started to make his move. Still no noise from us. It was only on the last turn when he kicked in that we were free to start yelling. The sound of the crowd at the Derby, Preakness and Belmont — any very big race — can be deafening. But when you have a horse in the race you don’t hear it. We were only hearing each other screaming his name.