LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey met with reporters on the backside of Churchill Downs on Sunday, less than 24 hours after he won the Kentucky Derby.
“I always thought, whether it was going to happen yesterday or not, that there was always one out there with my name on it,” said McGaughey.
The one turned out to be Orb. McGaughey patiently waited to win a Derby, a race title that eluded him until now.
“There’s a little boy in there that's a little bit emotional and you know a little bit excited and just thrilled to death to have lived what I lived yesterday,” said McGaughey.
Around 9 a.m. Sunday Orb shipped off to his trainer’s base in New York where he’ll prepare for the Preakness in two weeks on a quest for the Triple Crown.
“All things being equal, I think we're going with a horse who has a huge chance to win,” said McGaughey.