Patience victorious: congratulations, Orb!

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The Phipps Stable at Saratoga Racecourse. Photo by Rhonda Lane
The Phipps Stable at Saratoga Racecourse. Photo by Rhonda Lane

For decades, maybe centuries, we’ve been told, “Patience is a virtue,” yet we live in an increasingly “faster, faster, pussycat,” world.

Yet, patience won in the 2013 Kentucky Derby.

A trainer and a team of owners famous for not leading horses up to the starting gate until they’re ready. A jockey who sat chilly through a sizzling pace for a tactical ride.

As for the above photo, I can’t say, “Orb slept here,” because I don’t know. What I do know is I took that photo on a Saratoga Racecourse photo tour last summer, and I get to use it here.

Congratulations, Shug McGaughey, Joel Rosario, Ogden Mills Phipps, Stuart Janney III, the crew at the Phipps Stable and Orb, who probably knows he “done good” and may have celebrated with a treat or two, but not too many. He’s still in training.


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  • Lucky you! It sure was a great race, and now we are on #TripleCrownWatch!

  • Rhonda Lane
    May 5, 2013

    Hey, thanks, Susie! Way cool!

  • Susan Schreyer
    May 5, 2013

    It was a heart-stopping race. Took my breath away to see him open up and pass the field. Wow. Just Wow!

  • Rhonda Lane
    May 5, 2013

    Wasn’t that great, Susan? What an exciting race! Thanks for stopping by and saying “hi.”