Trainer Shug McGaughey was back at his
Belmont Park barn Sunday afternoon, the day after
Orb’s Triple Crown bid ended with a fourth-place finish in the Preakness. The son of Malibu Moon arrived at
at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday and McGaughey reported that his charge had
shipped back home well and will be monitored in the coming days before a
decision on the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes 2013
on June 8 is reached.
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese
“He was already in his stall when I got back here and seemed to
be fine,” said McGaughey. “We’ll walk him a good while this afternoon
and just kind of see what we have. The
Belmont Stakes is on our radar screen.
“I talked to Mr. Janney this morning. He and Mr. Phipps had
talked on their way to the airport. We just all came to the conclusion
that we should just watch Orb and
see. I think everything is in good shape. We’d like to run. But
yesterday took a little bit out of him and he’s already run five times
this year and it’s only the middle of May. I’d sure like to have him
Saratoga and a Jim Dandy/Travers kind of a go.
“He’s just going to have to tell us what we want to see. If he’s
jumping out of his skin, we’re going to bring him over here [to run in
the Belmont Stakes]. I might
know in about a week. I just have to wait and see. Everything’s gone
great all year until yesterday. But I don’t anticipate any problems. I
don’t think he’s knocked out by any means.”
Oxbow, the Preakness Stakes winner, departed Pimlico before dawn on Sunday and vanned to trainer D. Wayne Lukas’ barn at Churchill
Downs, according to Pimlico officials. The colt is expected to aim for the Belmont Stakes.
According to NYRA stakes coordinator Andrew Byrnes, Oxbow currently is slated to face
Freedom Child, Golden Soul,
Overanalyze, Palace Malice, and
Revolutionary. Bob Baffert will run either
Code West or Power Broker.
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