Updated on 04/17/2013 9:49AM

Kentucky Derby: Orb emerges from fog during sharp workout

Barbara D. Livingston
Orb worked out Sunday at Palm Meadows and will have another workout next weekend in Florida before shipping to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby.

INDIANTOWN GAP, Fla. -  The fog that still shrouded much of the racetrack shortly after sunrise Sunday morning at Payson Park proved to be more of an issue for onlookers than it did for Florida Derby winner Orb, who breezed an easy half-mile in the first of his three scheduled workouts prior to the Kentucky Derby.

With assistance from Payson’s outrider Wendy Culberson, positioned on her pony at the half- mile pole, and a couple of cell phones, Daily Racing Form timed Orb in 48.28 seconds for four furlongs and 1:00.81 for his very sharp-looking five-furlong gallop out around to a very visible seven-eighths pole. Regular exercise rider Jenn Patterson, who flew in from Keeneland the previous evening for the assignment, was sitting nearly motionless aboard Orb as the pair emerged from the fog approaching the eighth pole and continued out strongly past the wire and into the turn.   

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“That was as easy as he can go. I felt like I was just galloping around there,” said Patterson moments after bringing Orb back to trainer Shug McGaughey’s barn. “I was coming around the turn and his ears were pricked and I thought ‘Oh no, I don’t know if I’m doing enough.’ I just moved my hands a little to let him pick it up on his own down the stretch, to make sure he was focused. But he just galloped around there. We’re definitely on the right track with him, keeping him down here and keeping him happy.”

Patterson said Orb seems to be getting better with each succeeding work.

“Each work he gets a little more mature,” said Patterson, who is also the regular exercise rider for the multiple Grade 1-winning turf horse Point of Entry. “He gets around to the pole then waits for me to ask him when to go. Then I’m just a passenger. The fog this morning was not an issue other than it kept everyone from seeing the whole breeze. For him and I, it didn’t bother us at all.”

McGaughey, who was en route from Keeneland to New York on Sunday, talked about his upcoming plans for Orb once able to speak with both Patterson and his assistant Robbie Medina immediately after the work.

“She told me that he worked great, that she was speechless after the work,” McGaughey said by phone from the Lexington airport. “Both she and Robbie said they were tickled to death by the breeze so that means I’m tickled to death by it too. He’s done so well at Payson all winter that right now I’m planning to leave him down there, work him again next Sunday, and then bring him to Kentucky. That will still give him close to two weeks to settle in at Churchill Downs, where he’ll have his final work prior to the Derby.”

Orb, who is perfect in three starts at 3, is currently tied with the undefeated Verrazano as the leading Kentucky Derby point qualifiers, having earned 150 for his victories in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth and Grade 1 Florida Derby.

Churchill Downs: Mylute looks good breezing six furlongs

Mylute, runner-up to Revolutionary in the Louisiana Derby, continued his preparations for the Kentucky Derby with a six-furlong breeze in 1:12.20 on Sunday morning at Churchill Downs.

Working under Shaun Bridgmohan in company with two other Tom Amoss trainees, Mylute recorded fractions of 12.60 seconds, 24.80, 36.60, 48.40 and 1:00.20, and then galloped out seven furlongs in 1:25 and a mile in 1:39. He started about eight lengths behind his workmates and finished eight lengths in front at the wire.

"I wanted him to pass those horses down the lane and then finish once he got by them," Amoss said. "He did those things, so the work went well."

Amoss said Mylute would have two more works prior to the Kentucky Derby on May 4, but they would be much easier than Sunday's move.

Trainer Todd Pletcher worked a trio of Kentucky Oaks contenders following the morning renovation break.

Dreaming of Julia, easy winner of the Gulfstream Oaks, breezed a half-mile in 49 under Humberto Zamora and galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.20.

Unlimited Budget, undefeated winner of the Fair Grounds Oaks, and Silsita, narrow winner of the Bourbonette Oaks, worked together and breezed four furlongs in 48.60. Unlimited Budget galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.80 under Patti Krotenko and Silsita, with Nick Bush aboard, galloped out in 1:02.






Bbrizz More than 1 year ago
No One is mentioning Governor Charlie! He is a horse to watch out for in this year's Derby. He might very well be wearing the roses after the race. Watch Out!
WafflesCharly More than 1 year ago
Only mayor prep race winers get all the press. NORMANDIE INVASSION ran a huge race in NY. Chad is a sharp trainer, and I am sure he knows this horse better than anyone, and definitely better than me, but if by any chance he throws some blinkers on him, that will allow him to brake a step sharper, and not hang in the fianal 1/8 as much as he did in La and Ny in his last 2 starts. Then add the distance and a warrantied speed scenario to the Derby, and he will be the one to beat.
Sam Shelby More than 1 year ago
You cant handicap racing luck. But if he gets it Orb will win.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
thats 100% correct. orb has the perfect tactial running style for TC races. just needs a little luck on his side.
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Sam More than 1 year ago
Orb's doing just fine.
Perl More than 1 year ago
This horse will never get up. He's too slow and his big run will be to complete the superfecta.
Sam More than 1 year ago
Racing is all about winning, not setting track records. In the Fla.Derby, ran in 1:50 1/5. The fractions were average: 12, 24, 48, 1:12 etc. Orb was forwardly placed and when it came time to move at the top of the stretch, he did just that and put away ItsMyLuckyDay, who is no slouch. Say what you want; but whom you want.
Sam More than 1 year ago
"bet" whom you want.
Perl More than 1 year ago
If he wins I lose. He's a grinding type but I don't think the races he won were particularly impressive. The Derby will be a huge step up in competition.
matt More than 1 year ago
Maybe that final time of the Arkansas Derby is more your speed. The Wood was also off the charts! Other that GC 105 Breyer in the Santa Anita Derby, the Florida Derby was the best figure prep. So, with that said, how fast is everyone else compared to Orb?
matt More than 1 year ago
Perl More than 1 year ago
I don't pay much attention to Beyer numbers, but I don't think Orb has run fast enough to win the Kentucky Derby yet and I won't take single digit odds on him, other than to make him a throw-in because he can reasonably hit the board.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Todd's FILLY ran 10 lengths faster ....
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
So what , she's not in the Derby ...
Mark More than 1 year ago
So.... did his other filly . 5 lengths... so rhyme s with slow so throw .... he has no .... go @ the top spot .... you got .... if not ... I hope u bet A LOT ..... huge knot ..... he don't have enough pop .... I d love yo take u for all you drop ....on his nose ... he to slow to close ...
Kevin Smith More than 1 year ago
and if the queen had balls she would be the king
Mark More than 1 year ago
Or a drug dealer / user
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Revolutionary will have Bejarano on him. A perfect fit!! I still don't see a lot of pace. Is it Super 99 and Falling Sky?? Falling Sky is tired from yesterday and 1 1/4 is too long for him anyway. KD will be from off the Pace for sure. They came come to the line in a bunch this year. Should be exciting. Verrazano should not be a heavy,heavy favorite.
BP More than 1 year ago
Did he already choose Rev over Overanalyze? Tough call!
Sam More than 1 year ago
He'd be nuts to take Overanalyze over Rev.
Craig More than 1 year ago
This horse will be coming out of his skin May 4th.The more Pletcher horses in the field ,the more throw outs.
Mark More than 1 year ago
The "emerges from fog " do it for you ? Lmao.
Craig More than 1 year ago
Shug is so much better than Pletcher,Baffert,Lukas.etc.First real contender since Easy Goer in 89.
Mark More than 1 year ago
How he do ?
Mark More than 1 year ago
He might be. Doesn't mean his horse is fast enough to win the kd.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
throw outs, huh? willing to bet your house on it?..probably not
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
Get ready to roll the wheelbarrow! ORB will bring back the cash!!!
Mark More than 1 year ago
Yeah geral the derby historian . Let me know how winning colors war emblem go for gin etc did on the front in the derby . Thanks . I'll be eagerly awaiting your response.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Hey Mark , are you saying Orb will be setting or on the pace come Derby?
Mark More than 1 year ago
No. Geral John Pinault3 hours ago Apparently you know nothing about Churchill Downs! Its a very deep track, tough on speed and closers like Monarchos, Street Sense, Animal Kingdom and Barbaro bear this fact out!!!
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
I know they run the Derby their and it is in the state of Kentucky.
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
Spend A Buck...
Jeff More than 1 year ago
Velasquez picke Verrazano because its pletcher mad he's undefeated. He's going with who he makes his living with. The more interesting jock pick was castellano picking Normandy Invasion over Revolutionary. Orb will outrun Verrazano.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Yeah Who cares who I ride. Its only a little race called the Kentucky derby. I ve never taken off a Todd horse in favor of another in a stake before.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
identity crisis?? mr. valasquez?
Joey W More than 1 year ago
He already picked. And if you don't know that and who, you are already lost.
Joey W More than 1 year ago
sorry my had just woke up. wow think i have some problems. That being said I think Normandy Invasion was a great pick by castellano. At least I hope so