Comments from winning trainer Shug McGaughey III, jockey Joel Rosario and owners Dinny Phipps and Stuart Janney after favored Orb won Saturday’s 139th Kentucky Derby:
SHUG McGAUGHEY: Obviously it’s a huge, huge thrill for me. It’s a race I’ve always wanted to win, a race I’ve always wanted to compete in if I thought I had the right horse, and finally today we had the right horse.
I don’t know what it will be like tomorrow morning when I pinch myself and figure all this out, but there’s a lot of people to thank and I’m just the guy that pushed the button, but with Stuart and Dinny and the people in my barn, put so much time and pride into Orb as well as all the rest of them, they’re the real key, and like I say, I’m the lucky one that gets the accolades and the trophy.
I was excited today a lot more than being nervous, and I did think I had the right horse. He’d done everything well. He did everything well all winter. We shipped him up here, all that went well. He seemed to get over the track. Every day we trained him, he got over the track good.
He had a great workout here on Monday and he was terrific in the paddock today and post parade and going in the gate, and so when they swung the latch, I thought to myself, just enjoy the race. If it works, it works, if it doesn’t, it doesn’t. Luckily it did work today.
JOEL ROSARIO: This race is really special. You can see all these people, I mean, it’s something really unbelievable to see. Like right now I feel like I win the Kentucky Derby, it’s like a dream. I feel so good right now, I can’t explain to you how I feel.
DINNY PHIPPS: I think it’s terrific, absolutely wonderful. It’s really the culmination of horse racing, and I am thrilled to be here today.
STUART JANNEY: I remember when Shug was inducted into the Hall of Fame that he said at the end of his speech, I really would like to win a Kentucky Derby for Stuart or Dinny, and I thought, well, that’s a good sign because we don’t want him laying down after he gets in the Hall of Fame..
So we like thinking forwardly. But I think he’s been very smart to pick one of the horses in the barn that the two of us own together so he doesn’t have to worry about that particular promise with one disappointed owner and one very happy owner.