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Kentucky Derby Winner arrives for Training at Pimlico Race Course

Added on: May 14, 2013

The second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown Saturday at the Preakness Stakes will take place on Saturday 18th March and Kentucky Derby winner Orb has already arrived at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore to prepare for the event, after a tremendous 6am training session at Belmont Park, which took place at 6am.


SOURCE: ANDREW THEODORAKIS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Orb is just three years old and before arriving, it had a five hour journey by van before being bedded down in Stall 40, which is set aside each year for the winner of the Kentucky Derby. Speaking to the media just after the early morning workout, Orb’s 62-year-old trainer Shug McGaughey said, “You can’t believe how proud I am, I’m thrilled to be standing here right now. I couldn’t be a happier guy.”

He went on to add, “Right now I’m on Cloud 9, I couldn’t be more thrilled with what I’ve seen. With the way he was striding today, the way he held his leads through the lane. I thought it was spectacular. Obviously, I’m here with the Derby winner, so I’m probably a lot more at ease than when I came in that time. My main concern is Orb and trying to get him from Monday afternoon to Saturday afternoon the best way that I possibly can.”

The reason Orb’s trainer was so delighted was because the colt managed to cover a distance of four furlongs in 00:47:18, which was the fastest workout of 44 (for this exact distance) and it managed five furlongs in 00:59:54. The first quarter was run in 24.47 seconds.

Orb continued his successful run with an emphatic win in his fifth consecutive race in the May 4 Run for the Roses, which was actually the trainers first ever Derby win of his Hall of Fame career. McGaughey is understandably elated with these latest workouts since this recent Kentucky Derby win.

Orb was being ridden by exercise rider Jennifer Patterson when the two sailed past four furlongs at Belmont Park. McGaughey also hinted that his colt would more than likely school in the paddock on Wednesday, which is when post positions will be drawn for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes, at 6pm.