Updated on 06/02/2013 12:18PM

Belmont Stakes workouts: Orb, three from Pletcher hit track

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Barbara D. Livingston
Arkansas Derby winner Overanalyze (left) worked a half-mile in 47.92 seconds Sunday at Belmont Park in company with graded stakes winner Caixa Eletronica.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Kentucky Derby winner Orb headed a star-studded group of Belmont Stakes hopefuls, all of whom breezed a half-mile over a very fast Belmont strip early Sunday morning.

Orb, with regular exercise rider Jenn Patterson aboard, went a very easy half-mile in 48.30 seconds in company with stablemate Hymn Book. Orb posted a 24.95 opening quarter-mile split, finished well while just cruising inside his slightly pressured mate, then galloped out a strong five furlongs in 1:00.28 before pulling up six furlongs in 1:13.77.

Overanalyze was one of three of trainer Todd Pletcher’s five potential Belmont starters to work early Sunday, along with Palace Malice and Revolutionary. Going in company with the older graded stakes winner Caixa Eletronica, Overanalyze worked in 47.92 under jockey John Velazquez, with a final quarter-mile in 22.60. Overanalyze, who started one length behind and finished a head behind his partner, galloped out five furlongs in 59.82 and pulled up six furlongs in 1:12.68.

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Palace Malice went in company with the unraced 3-year-old maiden Catron. Working nearest the rail, Palace Malice completed a half-mile in 47.56, with a 22.46 final quarter-mile split. He galloped out five-eighths in 59.76 and pulled up six furlongs in 1:13.48 under exercise rider Anne Finney.

Revolutionary, with Javier Castellano aboard, breezed in 48.51 alongside fellow 3-year-old Abraham, galloped out five-eighths in 1:00.51, and pulled up six panels in 1:14.09.

Michael More than 1 year ago
Orb,right on schedule training-wise.Projected he only need to work once in between Preakness and Belmont.Shug's work today with jen up sounded perfect typical Shug gallop out which is on key --wish I could have seen the work and come home walk.This is the horse to beat and the winner in my view--All we need to see now is how he all look in the padock and on the track on Belmont Day.Last note6 or 7 of these have no chance to be 1st,2nd,or 3rd could have impact if an auxilary gate becomes necessary