|Breeder||Louis B. Mayer|
|Owner||Halina Gregory Braunstein|
|Royal Orbit is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Admirals Belle by Royal Charger. He was born around 1956 in the United States, and was bred by Louis B. Mayer.|
Los Feliz Stakes (1958)
Preakness Stakes (1959)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on May 18, 2007|
Bred by film mogul Louis B. Mayer, Royal Orbit was purchased at the July Keeneland Sales by businessman Jacques Braunstein and raced by his widow, Halina Gregory Braunstein. His sire was Royal Charger, the important son of the great sire Nearco. His damsire was the 1937 U.S. Triple Crown winner, War Admiral.
Trained by Reggie Cornell, Royal Orbit was a top two-year-old colt racing in California, notably winning the 1958 Los Feliz Stakes and finishing second to Tomy Lee in the Del Mar Futurity. The following year he was second to the Hall of Fame filly Silver Spoon in the Santa Anita Derby. In his only out-of-the-money finish in twenty career races, Royal Orbit ran fourth to winner Tomy Lee in the 1959 Kentucky Derby under jockey William Harmatz. However, Royal Orbit and Harmatz came back to win the 85th running of the Preakness Stakes and in the Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown series, he finished third to winner Sword Dancer.
Retired at the end of the 1959 racing season, Royal Orbit stood in Kentucky and at the Maryland branch of E.P. Taylor's Windfields Farm. His offspring would meet with modest success, the best of which was multiple stakes winner, Quicken Tree. In 1971 he was sent to a breeding farm in Ireland. Two years later he was shipped to Argentina where he spent a year before going to Brazil in 1975.