05/18/2013 7:52AM

Preakness Stakes: Orb out for light exercise on morning of Triple Crown's second leg

Barbara D. Livingston
Orb, shown at Pimlico on Friday, is a heavy favorite in today's Preakness Stakes.

BALTIMORE - Kentucky Derby winner Orb was out for light exercise Saturday morning at Pimlico Race Course, some 12 hours before he is to run in the Grade 1, $1 million Preakness Stakes. He was one of a handful of horses that trained during an abbreviated session. Others training included Departing and Goldencents.

Orb jogged about a half-mile and galloped about five-eighths of a mile, according to his trainer, Shug McGaughey. Orb made his way to the track around 5:30 a.m., accompanied by a pony.

“I always train most of my horses on the day that they’re in, to let them just settle in for the day,” McGaughey said. “It’s going to be 12 hours before he runs. This will let him settle in, and make sure he’s okay.”

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McGaughey said Orb had the same routine prior to the Kentucky Derby, as well as for all of his races.

Orb will be saddled for the Preakness in the indoor paddock, then brought to the infield for riders-up, said McGaughey. Connections have their choice of either saddling in the paddock or infield, with riders-up for all in the infield, according to a racing official with Pimlico.

“We’ll saddle in the inside then go outside,” said McGaughey.

Orb also schooled in the indoor paddock on Wednesday.

Illinois Derby winner Departing jogged on Saturday morning, heading to the track a few minutes before Orb.

“He jogged one mile, just to keep him in a little bit of a routine, a little bit of a rhythm,” said Al Stall Jr., who trains Departing. “He’ll be stuck in the stall from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. or so, so this just gives him something to do.”

Goldencents jogged, too, according to his trainer, Doug O’Neill. Trainer Bob Baffert said Govenor Charlie walked this morning.

Post for the Preakness is 6:20 p.m. Eastern.

Wesley Wright More than 1 year ago
Light rain at Pimlico at the moment (3:34 EDT). The track looks great. The rain should stop very soon. Go Orb, go.
Daniel Garcia More than 1 year ago
Never start the headline with "Orb out....."
Jan Larroche More than 1 year ago
Alive in the double yesterday 7/all today, 7 to win today, sperfecta box 1, 4-7, good luck everyone!
michael stapler More than 1 year ago
1-5-6-7 box. 1-6 . 6-1 is my key play with either on top. i have $80 DD'd going. Willl throw in Goldencents and Itsmylucky day on the bottom half of some supers, plus a 1 w 567w567w all 6w157w157w all. Sounds complicated, but it isn't. : )
michael stapler More than 1 year ago
................And for the guy who laughed at me for picking Last Gunfughter and Richards Kid to finish first and third........ A $240 superfecta play got me $906. Care to figure my ROI, or can you just figure LOI? (Losses on investments) Had Gunfighter gone off 4/5 or better, I would have dropped $1000 to win on him.
Wesley Wright More than 1 year ago
Orb came from off the pace to win in Kentucky To win from the 1 post he may need to be lucky The Derby winner is still not at his peak But he is on a five-race winning streak The Preakness will show just how much he’s plucky
zkid9914 More than 1 year ago
Worried about Rosario today. Orb will be his 12th mount of the day. Hope hes not worn out by then.
Marc Estrich More than 1 year ago
This was his pre race schedule which worked so well in the Derby. He is a hardy individual. Reminds me of Afleet Alex and his vigorous daily galloping regimen and Street Sense ready willing and able to go top the track the morning following his Derby score(don't remember if he galloped but he could have).
Sam More than 1 year ago
I hope that after Orb hugs the rail round the first turn, he moves off of it. I'd sure hate to see him get hung up there going into the stretch with a "dying" horse in front of him and others on the outside of him. However, I'm sure Rosario knows what to do.
Jerry Cumberland More than 1 year ago
I can see Mike Smith keeping him hemmed in and getting the first run.
Sam More than 1 year ago