Derby winner Orb arrived at Pimlico Race Course Monday, stepping off
the van that transported him from Belmont Park shortly after 3 p.m. to
continue his preparation for Saturday’s Preakness 2013 Stakes.
Photo: Maryland Jockey Club, Jerry Dzierwinski
Janney III and Phipps Stable’s homebred 3-year-old colt hungrily grazed
on grass for 40 minutes before being bedded down in Stall 40, the stall
annually reserved for the Kentucky Derby (G1) winner.
Shug McGaughey arrived at Pimlico approximately an hour after the van
and was pleased with his colt’s condition, as well as honored that his
Derby winner was occupying the same stall that housed so many
thoroughbred greats through the years.
can’t believe how proud I am,” the Hall of Fame trainer said while
addressing the media. “I’m thrilled to be standing here right now. I
couldn’t be a happier guy. I’m excited to be here today.”
won his fifth straight race at Churchill Downs on May 4 while providing
his trainer with his first Kentucky Derby success in a very
distinguished career. McGaughey, who will be seeking his first Preakness
victory with Orb, hasn’t competed in the Preakness since 1989, when
Kentucky Derby runner-up Easy Goer lost the Middle Jewel of the Triple
Crown to Kentucky Derby winner Sunday Silence by a nose.
I’m here with the Derby winner, so I’m probably a lot more at ease than
when I came in that time,” said McGaughey, who saddled Easy Goer for a
victory over Sunday Silence in the Belmont Stakes (G1). “We’re excited
where we are. We’re glad to be here.”
Orb was the second Preakness hopeful to arrive at Pimlico, joining Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner Goldencents, the 17th-place Derby finisher who shipped in early last week.
I came in ’89, we came in here on Tuesday. This year, I made up my mind
I wanted to work him a day out from there and get him down here to try
to get him used to his surroundings,” McGaughey said. “I want to school
him in the paddock and not do too much at one time, so I figured we’d
get him in here today.”
Orb will likely be heavily favored in the Preakness.
that I’m not going to be watching the other horses – watching their
workouts, how they do, and how they ship in here – but my main concern
is Orb and trying to get him from Monday afternoon to Saturday afternoon
the best way that I possibly can,” McGaughey said.
stepping onto the Pimlico-bound van, Orb was sent to the track at
Belmont for a final workout for the Preakness. The son of Malibu Moon,
who breezed a half-mile under exercise rider Jenn Patterson, was timed
in 47.18, the fifth-fastest of 96 recorded at the distance Monday
“His work this morning was nothing short of magnificent,” McGaughey said. “I couldn’t be happier with where we are.”