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2013 Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico


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Trainer Shug McGaughey and owner Stuart Janney talk about Orb's chances in the Preakness at the 2013 Alibi Breakfast.

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Updated May 17, 2013

The Alibi Breakfast is a Pimlico tradition that dates back to the 1930's. On the porch of the historic Clubhouse, owners, trainers, and press would discuss the horses over coffee each morning during training hours. Some of the greatest tales of racing ever to reach print were told those mornings. The tradition of the Preakness Alibi Breakfast started in the 1940's, a chance for the connections of Preakness entrants to solicit interesting and often colorful race predictions. Hosted by Baltimore radio personalities Scott Garceau and Keith Mills, the event not only allows each trainer to be interviewed in a relaxed atmosphere, but also for the Maryland Jockey Club to present awards to members of the media and others who have made significant contributions to the local racing industry.

Stuart Janney, owner of Kentucky Derby winner and even-money favorite Orb, is a resident of Baltimore and grew up there. He said, "I've been coming out here Thursday or Friday morning since I was a kid. I don't know how many I've missed, but not a lot of them. I always thought it was a wonderful thing to do, and I can just tell you it's a lot better when you have a horse in the race. And it’s even better when you have a horse that just won the Kentucky Derby."

D. Wayne Lukas, who has 3 horses in the race, Titletown Five, Oxbow, and Will Take Charge, trying to win his sixth Preakness at the age of 77. He said "Age brings experience! With Titletown Five, he's a really talented horse but we're playing catchup with him. He's deservedly a longshot but let's take a shot against a short field. I think we overanalyze the post positions especially in the Preakness. Very bad morning line (15-1) on Oxbow. He's a very athletic horse and can get the job done. But I agree that Orb is the horse to beat. Will Take Charge had to stop twice in the Derby, he'll get a cleaner trip in the Preakness. This race will be down to trips."

Al Stall Jr., trainer of 6-1 third choice Departing said, "He's developing very rapidly. He has the confidence and the seasoning and he'll be fresh. Winning the Preakness would replace beating Zenyatta (with Blame) as the highlight of my career."

Todd Quast, general manager of GoldMark Farm, owner of 5-1 second choice Mylute said, "Tom (Amoss, trainer) is all about family and can't be here today because his daughter graduates from LSU on Friday. He'll make it for the race. Mylute has had a lot of races, he's your blue collar horse. We were 4 lengths behind Orb the whole way in the Derby and with a better trip we can get there this time. To have Orb to our inside is a plus for us. Rosie (Napravnik, jockey) has breezed the horse many times, she knows him, we're happy to have her on the team. She'll get us a cleaner trip."

Eddie Plesa Jr., trainer of Itsmyluckyday who is part owned by his wife said, "She doesn't pay me! Post positions aren't as important as in the Kentucky Derby, so outside is fine. We belong here and we have a shot to win this race. He trained well into the Derby and came out of it fantastic. My horse will have no excuses, he'll get there if we get a fast track."

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