Kentucky Derby winner Orb arrived at Pimlico in good shape shortly after 3:00 p.m. and grazed on grass for 40 minutes before being bedded down in Stall 40, annually reserved for the Kentucky Derby winner.
Trainer Shug McGaughey arrived at Pimlico approximately an hour after the van and said he was pleased with his colt’s condition.
“You can’t believe how proud I am,” the Hall of Fame trainer said while addressing the media. “I’m thrilled to be standing here right now. I couldn’t be a happier guy. I’m excited to be here today. Obviously, I’m here with the Derby winner, so I’m probably a lot more at ease than when I came in (1989 with runner-up Easy Goer).
"When I came in ’89, we came in here on Tuesday. This year, I made up my mind I wanted to work him a day out from there and get him down here to try to get him used to his surroundings. I want to school him in the paddock and not do too much at one time, so I figured we’d get him in here today.”
Orb will likely be heavily favored in the Preakness.
“Not that I’m not going to be watching the other horses – watching their workouts, how they do, and how they ship in here – but my main concern is Orb and trying to get him from Monday afternoon to Saturday afternoon the best way that I possibly can,” McGaughey said.
Monday morning, Orb breezed a half-mile under exercise rider Jenn Patterson, timed in 47.18 (5/96).
“His work this morning was nothing short of magnificent,” McGaughey said. “I couldn’t be happier with where we are.”
Edited Maryland Jockey Club release