CLEVELAND - Last Saturday trainer Shug McGaughey and jockey Joel Rosario took the trophy for the first leg of the Triple Crown series at Churchill Downs. Today Orb is in good shape as they gear up for the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 18.
Orb has shipped to Belmont Park where he will resume training and will likely ship to Baltimore for the Preakness on May 13 or 14. McGaughey is excited about the next phase of the Triple Crown.
Orb trailed during the Derby and the pace of the race played out nicely for his running style. When the competition was fading Orb was able to add some kick in the stretch past Revolutionary and jockey Calvin Borel who were fostering Borel's usual early running style at the rail but finished third. Golden Soul and Jockey Robby Albarado rallied from the inside fence and needed to come out wide in the stretch for a second place finish.
Jockey Joel Rosario, the leading jockey in the nation, arrived at Belmont Sunday with earnings totaling $7.5 million and 130 wins to his credit this season. Rosario won the Dubai World Cup in March on board 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom.
Orb paid $12.80, $7.40, $5.40 - Golden Soul paid $38.60, $19.40 - Revolutionary paid $5.40