06/05/2013 2:12PM

Belmont Stakes workouts: Orb gallops strongly

Barbara D. Livingston
Kentucky Derby winner Orb (left) showed good energy while galloping Wednesday at Belmont Park.

ELMONT, N.Y. – All 14 3-year-olds entered for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes were on the grounds Wednesday, with Frac Daddy and Golden Soul the last two to arrive from Churchill Downs the previous day.

For the second consecutive morning, the weather was textbook perfect for training – low humidity, with temperatures in the high 50s to low 60s, and the racetrack fast but not lightning-quick, as it was last week and into the weekend.

Wednesday at Belmont Park

59 degrees, sunny, fast

The cool weather certainly seems to be agreeing with ORB, whose energy level definitely is back to where I’d seen it in the weeks leading up to his victory in the Kentucky Derby. Orb was full of himself from the moment he broke away from the pony near the mile marker at the head of the backstretch, pulling his way through a very strong gallop that concluded with a 15-second eighth-mile split from the wire to the 1 3/8-mile pole approaching the clubhouse turn.

After jogging an easy mile in their first morning on the track here Tuesday, both Preakness winner  OXBOW  and  stablemate WILL TAKE CHARGE were given the opportunity to stretch their legs a bit more Wednesday by trainer D. Wayne Lukas, with bo th galloping a relatively easy 1 1/8 miles. Oxbow is not the prettiest mover at a jog or gallop, although he did seem to handle the surface relatively well Wednesday.

[BELMONT WORKOUTS: Mike Welsch's clocker reports, workout videos]

Oxbow did have his head cocked to the inside during Wednesday’s session, in contrast to some of his pre-Derby training sessions at Churchill Downs, where he traveled with his head cocked sharply to the outside.

Will Take Charge, a big, strong-looking colt, reached out nicely and seemed to handle the local surface well.

GOLDEN SOUL arrived Tuesday and wasted little time getting a feel for the track. He made a very favorable first impression on local railbirds and gives every indication that he has bounced out of last week’s sharp work at Churchill in good order.

FRAC DADDY turned in the most significant and, to be frank, surprising training session Wednesday. The last of the Belmont contenders to hit the track, shortly after 9:30 a.m., Frac Daddy flew around the 1 1/2-mile oval at better than a two-minute clip before really leveling off once entering the stretch, covering the quarter-mile straight to the finish line in 25.52.

He continued on very strongly past the wire and back into the turn, going 1 1/8 miles in 2:09 and change from the mile pole on my watch. Frac Daddy trained in a similarly energetic manner in the weeks leading up to the Derby but unfortunately was unable to duplicate those efforts over the sloppy track at Churchill in the Derby. Trainer Ken McPeek said he expects Frac Daddy to show big early speed after drawing the rail for the Belmont.

FREEDOM CHILD had another typically long and impressive training session, dragging his rider around a lot more aggressively than he had the previous morning.

[BELMONT STAKES: Live updates and video from Belmont Park]

None of trainer Todd Pletcher’s Belmont quintet did anything more than jog once around the main track.   OVERANALYZE   looked the best of the Pletcher trio in a second set that included  REVOLUTIONARY  and PALACE MALICE. Revolutionary appeared a little stiff coming by the grandstand but strode out m uch more effici ently and showed a much higher energy level the farther he traveled.

INCOGNITO continues to do all his morning work on the training track, where he jogged two miles the wrong way near the outside fence while bouncing along on his toes and eager. He appeared to be eager to do more as he passed by the clocker’s stand and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin the first time around.

Sam More than 1 year ago
Try 5, 9, 13, 14 for the tri and super boxes.
Dave Schuler More than 1 year ago
3-5-7-Tri-Ex Box-ORB Will Reedeem Himself-LOLK-DS
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Dale Revels More than 1 year ago
Wayne Lucas has got me more than once in the Belmont and I wish him only the best Orb should bounce back , I think after this race we see him again in late August . , So its Orb over Lucas , over Pletcher in the Belmont . With a saver on the longest shot over these three. Safe travels.
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
$100.00 to win. Hope he doesn't bounce..
Mark More than 1 year ago
Overanalyze will run a big one .
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
He put some weight back on. Had a full second slower breeze than before Preakness. And in 1 1/2 he should have room to circle. Still my pick. Palace Malice n Freedom Child.
Stephen Stone More than 1 year ago
overanalyze-incognito exacta, will pay like a slot machine
Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
yeah and your odds of it happening are about the same as hitting the jackpot on a slot machine...
Rafael Acosta More than 1 year ago
He will have a mud loving Orb to deal with.
Roger More than 1 year ago
Keep in mind Overanalyze is probably the best bred mud horse in the race. Why he did not like the track at Churchill is a mystery. He's training superbly and may blow this field away. If he comes away from there with his customary early zip and is forwardly placed.......you will witness something spectacular.
Robert More than 1 year ago
rodger,why is he the best bred mud horse in the race....let them prove it on the track first...orb and freedom child have proved it
Fred Colon More than 1 year ago
Roger, you are right in that they must prove it on the track. However, a mudder must not have a problem with getting mud in his eyes. Although Orb ran a very good derby, he ran far back and wide to avoid getting mud in his eyes. Great ride by Rosario. Freedom, on the other hand, took the lead and didn't have mud on his chest during the Peter Pan, but then what happened last September when he didn't take the lead and finished 8th 24 lengths behind. The determining factor here will be position, pace, and don't get mud in my eyes. Good luck!
Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
he ran on a muddy track and was dragged through it...also ran.
Fred Colon More than 1 year ago
He did say probably, and that's because he isn't sure. Of all the horses, Incognito is bred for inclement weather the best of all, and has two mediocre runs and one very poor to show for it. The bottom line is that position will and always determines mud lovers. And I do hear it's going to rain. Sorry but no tips!