Derby (G1) winner Orb made a strong impression at Belmont Park Monday
morning during a four-furlong tune-up for Saturday’s Preakness 2013 Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.
thought it was nothing short of magnificent,” trainer Shug McGaughey
said after Orb made his sharp workout under exercise rider Jenn
Patterson look effortless.
son of Malibu Moon was timed in 47.18 seconds for the half-mile after
breezing the first quarter of a mile in 24.47 seconds. Orb galloped out
five furlongs in 59.54 seconds.
broke off very relaxed and finished up unbelievably, just on his own. I
was shocked when I looked down at my watch and saw he worked from the
eighth-pole to the wire in 11-and-change,” said McGaughey, who revealed
that the work sent chills up his back. “He was covering the ground as
good as a horse could cover it. He galloped out fine, dropped his head
and walked home.”
up to his commanding 2 ½-length Kentucky Derby victory on May 4, Orb
produced a strong half-mile workout in company at Churchill Downs that
also received rave reviews.
in all, I was just as impressed with this work as I was with the one in
Louisville. It was a cool morning here and the track had a little
bounce to it, because it had a little moisture in it from the rains over
the weekend, and it was in terrific shape,” said McGaughey, whose colt
turned in the fifth-fastest clocking of 96 recorded at the four-furlong
distance. “But the way he went and the way he finished, well in hand,
and came back, it was very, very visually impressive to me, and I
couldn’t be happier with what I saw.”
Janney III and Phipps Stable’s home-bred colt was loaded on a van
shortly after 10 a.m. and was scheduled to arrive at Pimlico in
mid-afternoon. Orb will occupy Stall 40 in the Preakness Stakes Barn,
the stall that is traditionally reserved for the Kentucky Derby hero.
– Mike Pegram’s homebred colt showed that he has recovered from the
minor problems that kept him out of the Kentucky Derby with a sharp
six-furlong work in 1:10 4/5 Monday morning at Churchill Downs.
of Fame trainer Bob Baffert was satisfied with the performance and said
a final decision on whether to run in the Preakness will be made
Tuesday. Govenor Charlie, winner of the Sunland Derby (G3) on March 24,
is booked on a flight from Louisville, Ky. to Maryland on Wednesday.
“He worked good enough to run,” Baffert said. “I think today we’re caught up for the little time that we lost.”
Charlie was found to have a bruise in a hind foot in April, was
examined at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and subsequently missed two
workouts. Baffert then decided he was not ready for the Derby.
work Monday was his third since returning from the break in training
and was the fastest of four at the distance.
Working in company with Fed
Biz, who was ridden by Rosie Napravnik, Govenor Charlie turned in split
times of :11 4/5, :23 4/5, :35 and :58 1/5 under Ricardo Santana Jr. He
galloped out seven furlongs in 1:24 4/5.
“That’s him,” Baffert said. “When he starts working like that, it means he’s doing really well.”
However, Baffert said he wouldn’t commit the son of Midnight Lute to the Preakness until Tuesday.
“I have to see how he comes out of it,” Baffert said. “He went very, very well. That’s a call that I have to make.”
– GoldMark Farm and Whisper Hill Farm’s Mylute, the fifth-place
finisher in the Kentucky Derby, worked a half-mile in 49 3/5 seconds
over a fast surface at Churchill Downs shortly after the track opened
for training at 6 a.m.
on his own and with jockey Rosie Napravnik up, Mylute jogged once
around and then galloped once around with a pony before producing
fractions of :12 4/5, :24 4/5 and galloping out five furlongs in 1:04
2/5. The half-mile time was the 20th fastest of 40 recorded at the distance for the morning.
was a good breeze and the track was in excellent shape,” trainer Tom
Amoss said. “This was similar to what he did before the Kentucky Derby
but just a bit faster, and I hope that is a product of him being ready
OXBOW/TITLETOWN FIVE/WILL TAKE CHARGE
– Five-time Preakness-winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas sent Oxbow and
Will Take Charge, his sixth- and eighth-place Kentucky Derby finishers,
respectively, to the track for four-furlong workouts Monday morning at
After the renovation break, Oxbow, ridden by jockey Gary Stevens, came out to work a half-mile in 49 4/5 seconds, the 22nd
fastest of 40 for the morning at the distance. The son of Awesome Again
posted fractions of :12 3/5, :24 3/5 and :37 3/5 before galloping out
five furlongs in 1:03 3/5.
Will Take Charge, who is scheduled to be ridden by Mike Smith, worked a
half-mile in 48 2/5 seconds under exercise rider Rudy Quevedo. Will
Take Charge posted fractions of :12 3/5, :24 1/5 and :36 for the work
that ranked sixth fastest of 40 at the distance.
Five, who will be ridden in the Preakness by Julien Leparoux, was the
first Lukas horse on the track Monday and he open-galloped 1 ¼ miles
with a blowout down the stretch that was not recorded by clockers.
Quevedo was aboard.
varied them a bit, but it was pretty much what I wanted,” said Lukas of
Oxbow and Will Take Charge. “Coming off a tough race in the mud (in the
Derby), the tendency sometimes is to do too much.”
Stevens, a two-time Preakness winner, liked Oxbow’s work.
was not a factor and this was more about his mind and keeping him
relaxed for the trip (to Maryland) tomorrow,” said Stevens, who tasted
Preakness success with Silver Charm (1997) and Point Given (2001). “The
main thing is to keep him happy. I think I am sitting on the right horse
with the right style.”
envisions a different pace scenario from the Derby, in which Palace
Malice led the field through the mud in fractions of :22.57, :45.33 and
do not think the pace will be the same,” Stevens said. “You may want to
forgive some of the horses for their races in the Derby. I thought
Goldencents would be with us on the lead and he was outside of us and
getting all the kickback. At the five-eighths pole, I could see that
Kevin (Krigger on Goldencents) was not comfortable and he could not go
inside, because that is where I was, and he had two horses on his
“I think you can throw that race out and I respect all of the opposition.”
said his Pimlico contingent would start loading at the barn at 3 a.m.
Tuesday and expects to be at Old Hilltop around 4 p.m. The Hall of Fame
conditioner will be on the van with his horses.
“I go with them whether we fly or go by van,” Lukas said. “I just like to be with them.”
– Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Departing walked the shedrow
at Barn 45 at Churchill Downs Monday morning, a day after working a
half-mile in 50 2/5 seconds.
Al Stall Jr. said the Illinois Derby (G3) winner came out of the work
fine and is scheduled to return to the track Tuesday morning to gallop a
mile. Brian Hernandez Jr., who has been aboard Departing in all five of
his starts, has the Preakness mount.
Trainer Doug O’Neill stood on the deck outside the press box at Pimlico
around 8:45 on a brisk Monday morning to get an overhead view of his
Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner going through a spirited mile gallop under
jockey Kevin Krigger.
thought he went really well,” said O’Neill, who won last year’s
Preakness with Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another. “Kevin was kind
enough to come over here after Churchill and get to know him even better
– even though he knows him so well. Coming down the lane, Goldencents
was so comfortable and he was reaching out great. I just loved what I
O’Neill had originally planned to give the son of Into Mischief a
workout at Pimlico after his poor performance in the Kentucky Derby (an
eased-up 17th), but on Sunday he decided to use the same training regimen he had with I’ll Have Another and gallop into the race.
think he trains as hard as a lot of horses work,” said the 44-year-old
Michigan native, who had the only Preakness contender on the grounds as
of Monday morning. “He puts in a good effort every day, so in my mind
there’s just no need – unless we have some weather issues or something
like that. The goal was: if he could gallop comfortably every day,
that’s what we would do, and so far, so good.”
who sent 12 horses to Pimlico, including Goldencents, shortly after the
Derby, said he doesn’t expect part-owner Rick Pitino to be present for
the Preakness, but his son, Richard, is planning to attend. Pitino, who
coached Louisville to the NCAA basketball title in March, owns five
percent of Goldencents with W.C. Racing and Dave Kenney.
was the third choice in the wagering in Kentucky off his impressive
victory in the Santa Anita Derby, but he was really not a factor after
the first half-mile or so at Churchill Downs.
we got to the three-eighths pole the race changed for him completely,”
said Krigger, who came directly to Pimlico with the colt after the
Derby. “He went from just sitting comfortably to just not giving me the
effort that he usually puts out. When we got to the five-sixteenths pole
he just started regressing more for whatever reason it was, and I just
decided, instead of harassing him and causing him to struggle on the
sloppy track, to protect him and wrap up on him and brought him home.”
year, I’ll Have Another was the target; this year O’Neill comes to
Baltimore as the hunter, seeking to stop Orb’s quest to add the Middle
Jewel of the Triple Crown.
was a great feeling last year being the hunted, but a hunter’s not
bad,” said the Southern California-based conditioner, whose Triple Crown
bid with I’ll Have Another was thwarted by an injury that forced him to
scratch the day before the Belmont Stakes (G1). “Just being here is a
real honor, and I give great thanks to the horse and the owners. This
(the Preakness) is just an experience you want to be part of.”
has already earned $1.2 million with four victories from seven starts,
and O’Neill is drawing a line through the Derby.
think it was kind of a demanding track, and it just wasn’t to our
liking,” he said. “I think we’re going to see a much better result
– Itsmyluckyday came out of his half-mile workout at Monmouth Park
Sunday afternoon “100 percent,” reported trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. Monday
was acting like nothing happened,” said Plesa of Itsmyluckyday’s
behavior when he checked on his Gulfstream Park Derby and Holy Bull (G3)
The son of Lawyer Ron worked between Sunday’s third and fourth races at Monmouth, breezing four furlongs in 47 1/5 seconds.
Itsmyluckyday is scheduled to van to Pimlico at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
VYJACK – Trainer Rudy Rodriguez informed Maryland Jockey Club officials Monday morning that Vyjack, the 18th-place Derby finisher, will not be entered in the Preakness Stakes.