Kentucky Derby winner Orb continues training toward Preakness from the track at Belmont Park.
He galloped a mile and a quarter Friday morning for trainer Shug McGaughey, who was happy with what he saw. Orb should arrive in Baltimore by Monday afternoon.
The Malibu Moon colt can become the 13thhorse to win both the Derby and Preakness since Affirmed completed the Triple Crown in 1978.
Co-owned by Baltimore County resident Stuart Janney III, Orb won the Derby by two-and-a-half lengths, and appears likely to be a heavy favorite in the 138th Preakness.
He’s bounced out of the Derby well, McGaughey said, and continues to develop quickly.
“Mentally, everything’s come together,” he said. “He was a bit difficult at the gate all of his 2-year-old year and that’s all behind him. I couldn’t be more pleased with his development.”
The other Preakness contenders working to come back from the mud-slicked Derby run also galloped Friday, with only Goldencents (17th at Derby) still the only one on the Pimlico Race Course grounds. He spent about 20 minutes on the track.
“He’s one horse that gets a lot of his training,” said Jack Sisterson, assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill. “We wanted to see how he would come out of the Kentucky Derby and he’s bounced out of it with high energy. He moved over the track well and [rider] Kevin [Krigger] was really happy with him this morning.”
Itsmyluckyday galloped at Monmouth in New Jersey, but his schedule is in flux due to predicted rain. He’s tentatively scheduled to come to Baltimore on Tuesday.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas galloped his three entries -- Oxbow, Will Take Charge and Titletown Five -- at Churchill Downs. He plans to van to Baltimore on Tuesday.
Lukas, tied for the most Triple Crown wins with 13, touted Will Take Charge’s Derby run after watching film.
“You look at the aerial view of the race, and Will Take Charge may have been running the best of all,” he said. “He was moving with Orb and then he got checked twice when Verrazano ducked in and out in front of him.”Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun