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Go along for the ride with Orb and his connections and watch his development from allowance winner to kentucky Derby winner as well as his final preparations for the Preakness.

Orb awed trainer Shug McGaughey on Monday when he worked four furlongs in a visually impressive :47.18.

“I thought it was nothing short of magnificent,” McGaughey said. “He broke off very relaxed and finished up unbelievably, just on his own. I was shocked when I looked down at my watch and saw he worked from the eighth-pole to the wire in 11 [seconds] and change. He was covering the ground as good as a horse could cover it. He galloped out fine, dropped his head and walked home.”


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McGaughey loaded the colt onto a van headed to Pimlico shortly after 10 a.m. with his arrival time scheduled for mid-afternoon. Orb will occupy Stall 40 in the Preakness Stakes Barn, the stall traditionally reserved for the Kentucky Derby winner.

In other Preakness news

Govenor Charlie worked six furlongs in 1:10.80 at Churchill Downs on Monday with workmate Fed Biz. He turned in split times of :11 4/5, :23 4/5, :35 and :58 1/5 before galloping out seven furlongs in 1:24 4/5. He is scheduled to board a plane to Baltimore on Wednesday but trainer Bob Baffert has yet to commit to the race.

“I have to see how he comes out of it,” Baffert said. “He went very, very well. That’s a call that I have to make.”

Mylute was on the track at Churchill Downs at 6 a.m. to work four furlongs. He worked in splits of :12 4/5, :24 4/5 for a final time of :49.60 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:04 2/5. Jockey Rosie Napravnik, named to ride the colt in the Preakness, was aboard for the workout.

Two of D. Wayne Lukas’ Preakness entries worked four furlongs at Churchill on Monday while the third galloped. Oxbow, with jockey Gary Stevens aboard, went in :49.80 while Will Take Charge covered the same distance in 48.20. Titletown Five galloped 1 ¼ miles with an untimed blowout through the stretch. Stevens, who is named to ride Oxbow, expects a different race than that seen in the Kentucky Derby.

“I do not think the pace will be the same,” Stevens said. “You may want to forgive some of the horses for their races in the Derby. I thought Goldencents would be with us on the lead and he was outside of us and getting all the kickback. At the five-eighths pole, I could see that Kevin [Krigger on Goldencents] was not comfortable and he could not go inside, because that is where I was, and he had two horses on his outside. I think you can throw that race out, and I respect all of the opposition.”

All three Lukas horses will be vanned to Pimlico on Tuesday morning with Lukas joining them on the ride.

“I go with them whether we fly or go by van,” Lukas said. “I just like to be with them.”

Departing walked the shedrow on Monday, the day after his final workout before the Preakness. He is scheduled to gallop on Tuesday.

Goldencents galloped under the watchful eye of trainer Doug O’Neill, who arrived in Baltimore on Sunday.

“I thought he went really well,” said O’Neill, who won last year’s Preakness with Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another. “Kevin was kind enough to come over here after Churchill and get to know him even better – even though he knows him so well. Coming down the lane, Goldencents was so comfortable and he was reaching out great. I just loved what I saw today.”

Goldencents will gallop up to the Preakness, the same regimen he used with last year’s Derby-Preakness winner I’ll Have Another.

Itsmyluckyday came out of his Sunday afternoon workout in perfect shape and is scheduled to ship to Pimlico at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

Trainer Rudy Rodriguez informed Maryland Jockey Club officials that Vyjack will not be entered in the Preakness Stakes.

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