06/21/2013 3:53PM

Belmont: Orb gets back on track training towards Travers

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Tom Keyser
Orb's summer goal is the Travers at Saratoga.

Kentucky Derby winner Orb, who was sent to the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland the day after the Belmont Stakes, returned to the track Friday, jogging over the facility’s dirt surface.

Trainer Shug McGaughey said Orb was to begin galloping Saturday and would likely return to Belmont in a week or so.

“All reports are good,” McGaughey said. “I planned on bringing him up here, but I spoke to Bruce [Jackson] for a good while and Bruce was so high on how he was doing down there we decided to keep him there.”

Bruce Jackson, a former trainer, oversees the operations at the Fair Hill facility, which includes a hyperbaric chamber. McGaughey said that Orb did spend some time in that chamber, in which a horse intakes pure oxygen, helping heal any damaged cells.

McGaughey said that Jennifer Patterson, Orb’s regular exercise rider, has been visiting family in Delaware and would likely start getting on Orb over the weekend.

Orb, who finished fourth in the Preakness and third in the Belmont Stakes, is being pointed to a summer campaign at Saratoga, the primary objective being the Travers Stakes on Aug. 24.

James Ewing More than 1 year ago
The only reson orb won the kentuckey derby, verazano was a washout, ran his race before coming on track. He will take the travers then comes palice malice son of the great curlin then comes will take charge then moreno. orb may finish 5th.verazano horse of year.
Frank Kulcsar More than 1 year ago
stick with Shug
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
I wish they had run him I'm the Haskell. Verrazano would have crushed him.
Rita Polander More than 1 year ago
Orb crushed Verrazano in the Derby. Verrazano is good, but 1 1/8 is his absolute distance limit.
Mark More than 1 year ago
yeah the track and pace where fair to all runners in there . I mean just look at the next two races following kenucky . orb beat itsmyluckyday and oxbow and palace malice just like he didin the derby too. oh....wait ..... no he didn't . if you haven't learned the derby is a toss of a race .
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
Toss out the KD. It has become a crap shoot lately. One good horse in KD was Oxbow. And thats pretty much it
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
Isn't Orb the same horse that was just a couple lengths ahead of WHOM ? Golden something right ?
Allan Gauthier More than 1 year ago
Did Verrazano take all your money in Kentucky?
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
No I didnt bet him in KD. I dont think he belongs at 1 1/4 mile. But I did favor him in all his other races, and not a bad decision ;)
Felton Suthon More than 1 year ago
It would have been fun to see - is Verrazano a need the lead type who is great if he gets his way and only if he gets his way? Is Orb strictly a one-run closer at the mercy of pace? More importantly, who gets better the rest of the year and in to next (hopefully)? Maybe Orb v Verrazano in the Donn? That would be fun to see.
Wesley White More than 1 year ago
Verrazano won't even win the Haskell. It amazes me when people hype horses that only show they r good when things are set up perfectly for them. Verrazano seems like a good miler. Won't win the Haskell then will skip the other important 3year old races and run in the Penn Derby. Wat a horse. Will never win beyond 9f.
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
Talking about horses who need things set up perfectly their way.... You mean Orb in Kentucky Derby ?
kc m More than 1 year ago
uh...orb is 4 for 6 and has never placed worse than 4. he won 4 races leading up to the derby in 4 different pace scenarios from 4 different positions--from stalking the pace to coming from out of the clouds. and GP is not a kind track to horses coming from off the pace. he's won on fast tracks and in the slop. his preakness was a nightmare, yet he clawed his way back up to 4th. he was one of only 2 horses to make up significant ground on belmont day--and secured 3rd after going 5 wide on the belmont turn (which is unheard of) in a mile and half long race. he's beaten 5 grade 1 winners, some multiple times. in his graded wins, verranazo has beaten a winner of a maiden claiming race (bethel) still elligible for a NW2, 2 winners of MSWs who are still eligible for NW2 (NI and reporting), a g2 winner (Vyjack) who hasn't won since leaving aquaduct, and all of one g1 winners, a turf and synthetic horse (java's war). yea, he's a monster alright...
kc m More than 1 year ago
oh yea, forgot to add, orb has 3 graded wins, and a graded place. verrazano has 2 graded wins. and he doesn't have any injury/lay off excuses. what a horse, he's bound for legendary status for sure...
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
No need to go crazy about what i said. If you are sensible, you have to think about Verrazano in Haskell. The biggest factor is Monmouth's track, which is going to be extremely speed favoring. How can you not like V there ? Orb would have had no chance in Haskell. Any good speed horse could give him a hard time at Monmouth.
kc m More than 1 year ago
uh..the haskell is a speed horse's race on a speed favoring track--doesn't mean much win a speed horse wins there. but here's the deal pickle--the jim dandy/travers double wins eclipses, the haskell, wins a trophy. the derby/travers double puts a horse in contention for horse of the year. finishing 2nd to last in the derby and 1st in the haskell, puts one at about a $7500 stud fee. oh ps--baffert's speed shipper is likely to demolish your monster horse...baffert's speed shippers always demolsih the east coast speed in the haskell. it is known.
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
If Verrazano retires today, he stands for more than $7500. Wait till Verrazano adds a couple more races to his name. Don't be surprised if he goes to stud with a similar fee as Orb. This is the same way many people like you knocked Uncle Mo out. He stands for $35,000. Verrazano also has a good turf pedigree.
kc m More than 1 year ago
cool--now i know who to bet in the haskell...can you use your time machine to let me know who wins the BCC?
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
I do know who is NOT going to win BCC. Your super little horse Orb.....
kc m More than 1 year ago
haters gonna hate
Dennis Lapp More than 1 year ago
He will win again this year.
Tom Mallios More than 1 year ago
more than likely.i think he can handle allowance foes.
RockaFelter21 More than 1 year ago
He wont win another race this year
jerry buffington More than 1 year ago
Go back to sleep...
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
LOLOLOLOL!!!!
Tom Mallios More than 1 year ago
rosie it is 1 or the other.he moves to soon(bad ride) he moves to late(bad ride) in the derby he waited the longest and won.the field came back to him.in the florida derby he was 3 lengths off at the middle of the backstretch.i think what you are trying to say,is that if he wins.it really does not matter what type of race he runs.he won despite the jockey and he was oh so much better than everybody. if orb wins at the spa,he will love it.if he loses,somehow the trip will be the reason.the other horses really do not exist in the world of orb.
kc m More than 1 year ago
yeah we get it already, you hate orb--broken record much? every 3 year old this year has been given excuse after excuse, pass after pass. NI is a MSW winner (last year no less), yet every race he has lost this year, and he's lost them all, has been "excused" and he is still touted as one of the best 3 year olds. verazano has only beaten claimers and MSW winners, yet he's a monster , and the track and the speed in the derby were legitimate excuses for him, but not for orb in the preakness, becuase why? oxbow is 2 for 7 this year, but he's the best 3 yo, with excuses out the wazoo for every loss. he lost the derby because he tracked the speed (yet if he was quality speed he would have atleast finished as well as shackleford's 4th). his own jockey admits he stole the preakness on the front end in super softe fractions--yet he's all that and a bag of chips for winning it. he hangs on for 2nd in the belmont, on a track that saw all of 2 horses make up any ground, despite watchmaker's insanity (jerry brown, is a far better handicapper and a far better analyst and he gave orb a new top in the belmont, and noted the front running bias of the track). you can do this for all of this 3 yos--but the only one for whom explanations are not legitmate, is the horse with THE BEST RECORD OF ANY OF THEM. yeah that's logical, sound reasoning.... here's the most likely scenario going forward--oxbow's pattern holds and he wins 1/3 of the rest of the races he runs this year. but losses the jewels because he is running against fresh horses, and he only beats tired horses (this is a fact, he has lost every race he has run against fresh horses). there's a reason for this but DRF would ban me if i said what it is.... verrazono gets demolished by california speed in the haskell, wins the super derby, is entered in the BCC, and like every other over-hyped pletcher horse finishes next to last. bobby returns, and returns as pletchers best horse--dominating the east coast 7-8f fall races, like the king's bishop, enters the BC sprint and either looses or wins narrowly. palice malice never wins again, and becomes this year's ruler on ice. and all of the other horses that are touted, who have never won anything and don't deserve their touting continue to disappoint with excuses to spare. and orb? orb returns in the fall, where his races are spaced like they were at GP, and continues his pattern of consistent excellence, never finishing worse than 4th, taking home at least one, if not more, of the 3 yo old fall jewels, and finishes best of the 3 yos in the BCC. but he still loose the eclipse to oxbow, because people like you can't get over the fact that he didn't win you TC. since orb causes you so much angst, perhaps you should avoid reading articles about him--oh wait, you can't stop reading articles about him, even ones that just mention he's back in training...me thinks you protest to much...
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
Wow...You got a lot of time on your hands to write that much ....lol
DavidC More than 1 year ago
After watching and having some interesting in the triple crown series just wondering if, Orb will have the necessary speed and form to go the distance at 1 1/4 in the Travers stakes at Saratoga be ready for the task at hand. Because training isn't always a true indicator of the horse form. And I've seen lots of top caliber horses run in big time stake events over the years working with caliber types to suggest that he has to show me that he's up to the challenge. I suspect that the field is going to consist of the best 3-years coming into this event sharp and cocky and ready to defeat the horses who've run well in this years triple crown series. I hope the best for the Kentucky Derby Winner and hope he can pull it off!
jerry buffington More than 1 year ago
I think orb will handle the mile and quarter as well if not better than the rest of this crop of 3 yr olds....Verrazano is awfully fast but is now going to relish the travers distance..plaice malice,having come into his own finally, is going to be tough to beat...thank you CURLIN....
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
People are still counting PM out. What a blunder. IMO PM & Oxbow are the pick of this litter. And for a bit shorter distances Verrazano is very dangerous.
Rosie More than 1 year ago
i think he was just too far back in the belmont,,,he made his move,,,also i feel a bit early.. at pimilico..he got pinched when he appeared to be making his move,,,d wayne fooled everybody with titletown five in that one,,,everybody,,even the dead thought titletown was gonna go,,,never happenedmmby design i think..so there you go,,Orb should LOVE the spa,,
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
oh I'm all glad to find you. another one of those who sang the Orb songs right after the Derby. and called him a super horse, a champion etc etc.... guess what.... he isnt. hes just a good horse thats all. but so is Palice Malice. and Oxbow....hes so much better than Orb.
kc m More than 1 year ago
yeah that why he's 2 for 7 this year and orb is 4 for 6. good luck with your palice malice bets--i sincerely hope you and people like you bet him done to favorite in every race and let orb go off at high odds. honestly, i'll be singing your praises if you do this.
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
Like we did when people like you betted him heavy in his last two races...haha
kc m More than 1 year ago
i didn't bet the preakness or the belmont,--but i did hit the super in the ky derby--how bout you?
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
moved early, bad ride. moved late, bad ride. when they all came back to him, oh what a horse ! haha.....
Allan Gauthier More than 1 year ago
And Verrazano is the Super horse right?? He hasn't beaten anyone!
Mark More than 1 year ago
unbeaten on a fast track . no one has beaten him .
kc m More than 1 year ago
not hard to do when you only race against claimers and MSWs...just saying...
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
Never said V is a super horse, never will. He is the best at fast track and distances close to a mile. Run at a mile or 1 1/16, and try to beat him. As mark said, its not him who hasnt beaten anyone, its no one else who has not come close to challenging him. And KD is just a toss out. PM destroyed it for everyone close to the front. Travers does not belong to Verrazano, but BC Mile does
Allan Gauthier More than 1 year ago
His average win price after 6 races is about 2.80. Kinda shows ya he's in against nothing. They were in the Tampa bay derby instead of the fountain of youth,And then the Wood instead of the Florida.derby. When he shows up in the KD he gets nothing.Now he's gonna duck good horses again, by racing in the Haskell, rather than the Travers.
kc m More than 1 year ago
verranzo isn't even the fastest 3 year old, and he's certainly not the fastest horse that is likely to be entered in the mile...besides, if he stays sound, pletcher will enter him into the classic like he does with all of his verrazano type horses, and all have the same result..
kc m More than 1 year ago
dude, you have a serious problem--i'd think you were 12, but your picture looks 35, which is even sadder...
Sharjil Ahmad More than 1 year ago
And dude, why dont u put up ur pic....Let me see the wisdom on ur face... Just saying
Terri Zeitz More than 1 year ago
I'm glad he's recuperating. Glad that his owners won't be in a hurry to retire him. I'll have to wait a while to see him at one of his favorite racetracks, Gulfstream Park. I knew he was something special when I saw him defeat Violence and It's My Lucky Day at Gulfstream.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Violence was injured during the running and chased a suicidal 1:08 6f pace set by another horse who hasn't been seen since in Majestic Hussar . Violence also was moved way way early by JJ in the foy. Only horse who could win in there was orb . and in FD itsmyluckyday was off a six plus week layoff and never runs his race off such a layoff . we all saw who was the better horse when both in form and non suicidal fractions in the Preakness . Glad that there will be believers still come Travers . I d love to see a third straight race with Orb as a massive underlay .
kc m More than 1 year ago
but these aren't excuse for these horses, esp. IMLD, no, no horse has ecuses but orb...orb ran 6 furlongs in 1:09 in the FOY and had moved into 4th by the the 1/2 mile pole, but hey, don't let facts get in your way...majestic hussar is a sprinter...how many 3 yo sprints are there in the spring? oh yeah, like none...
B More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite three year old male this year, but I'n beginning to wonder if he just trains better than he runs in the afternoon. Hope not. With Acclamation now gone and Point of Entry possibly gone, this just might be my favorite horse in training at the moment.