Derby winner Orb gallops in New York
BALTIMORE (AP) - Kentucky Derby winner Orb galloped 11/4 miles under exercise rider Jenn Patterson at Belmont Park on Friday, and trainer Shug McGaughey said he's "pleased with everything I've been seeing."
Orb closed from 17th to win the Derby by 21/2 lengths last week, and is expected to have a final workout on Monday before being vanned to Baltimore for next Saturday's Preakness.
The 3-year-old colt has won five in a row, and seems to be getting better with every race.
"He's filled out so much physically. I look at him and I can't believe what I'm seeing from last November to now," McGaughey said. "Mentally, everything's come together. ... I couldn't be more pleased with his development."
Meanwhile, Orb's jockey Joel Rosario continues to stay on a winning role, riding the winners at Belmont Park's feature races the past two days.
In other Preakness news:
- Itsmyluckyday, 15th in the Derby, galloped at Monmouth Park Friday morning, and trainer Eddie Plesa Jr., says the colt with have his workout by Monday, depending on the weather, and be shipped to Pimlico on Tuesday.
- Goldencents, 17th in the Derby, galloped about six furlongs at Pimlico under regular rider Kevin Krigger. Trainer Doug O'Neill is expected to arrive Monday to watch his Santa Anita Derby winner's final workout before the Preakness.
- Illinois Derby winner Departing galloped 11/2 miles at Churchill Downs. The colt owned by Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider is scheduled to work Sunday before heading to Pimlico on Wednesday.
Others expected to run the Preakness include Mylute, Normandy Invasion and the D. Wayne Lukas trio of Oxbow, Will Take Charge and Titletown Five. Govenor Charlie, Vyjack and Street Spice are possible for the second leg of the Triple Crown.
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