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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Orb Works Strong Five Furlongs in Advance of Travers

Hall 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.

 

"Everything 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.

 

"They 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."

 

Orb 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 August 24.

 

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.

 

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