of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey issued an upbeat bulletin on Saturday
after Kentucky Derby winner and Grade 1, $1 million Travers contender Orb breezed five furlongs in 59 1/5 seconds at the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland.
was great this morning," said McGaughey, who trains the 3-year-old
Malibu Moon colt for Stuart S. Janney, III and Phipps Stable. "I don't
know how he could have done any better. The track had a little bit of
water in it, which I think he probably appreciated. It was harrowed and
everything. He worked great, came back great, and ate right up. We'll
put him in the [hyperbaric] chamber tomorrow morning and the cold-water
spa and ship him.
had him outside grazing and they had to bring him in," McGaughey added.
"When they brought him in, they had a chain over his lip, so he was
feeling some kind of good."
has made two starts since his Kentucky Derby victory, finishing fourth
in the Grade 1 Preakness in May and third in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes
on June 8. The 1 ¼-mile Travers will be held at Saratoga Race Course on
McGaughey said Orb and stablemate Imagining will depart Fair Hill Sunday morning and arrive at Saratoga at approximately 3 p.m.
"He'll probably walk under tack Monday, then gallop, and blow out next Monday," McGaughey said.