Baltimore county resident Stuart Janney III, co-owner of 2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb, did not enter a horse in the Belmont Stakes, but he came away a winner in a big undercard race Saturday at Belmont Park.
Norumbega, owned by Janney and trained by Shug McGaughey, stalked the frontrunners in the 126th running of the Brooklyn Invitational and charged to victory in the 1 1/2-mile third race on the Belmont Stakes card.
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"He had been training really well, and we expected him to run a big race,'' McGaughey said.
Joel Rosario, who brought Orb from well back in the giant field to win the Derby last year, held Norumbega in the middle of the seven-horse field before overtaking Micromanage and Cat Burglar to win the $500,000 Grade II stakes.
McGaughey has two more horses running today, both for Janney's longtime partner Phipps Stable. Imagining is the morning-line second favorite in the 10th race -- the 113th running of the $1 million Knob Creek Manhattan (Grade I) -- and Ragtime is set to run in the final race on the card.